Wanted ! Octopus Paul in India

Jul 16, 2010

After the grand spectacle of the world cup got over with Spain winning the coveted FIFA World Cup 2010  I got a SMS that read – Breaking News:  Octopus Paul has fainted and died of shock and the reason: He was asked when India is going to win FIFA Word cup.  Many such jokes and SMSes have found their way to the public through SMS, emails, face book and Orkut and  other means of communications with Paul as the centre stage, whenever the conversation centered around this years FIFA world cup.  Paul was the real hero who attracted greater attraction than some of the football stars of the World Cup.  With all its predictions about the world cup matches Pulpo Paul is one of the most searched in the charts.  Considering India’s standing in the football  vis-a-vis  the world, which is at the bottom,  the younger generation is quick to have fun in their own way with little help from Paul.

It is a small wonder that people world over blindly believed in such predictions, an unhealthy sign for the educated generation.  One  fails  to understand how Europeans and Americans, who consider themselves to be technologically advanced and genetically superior, who often poked fun at Asian and African countries for being backward, superstitious and lacking scientific temper,  believe in the psychic powers of an eight legged Octopus.  No wonder Germany was very much psyched in its semifinal match against Spain with the ghost of Paul’s predictions hovering over it.  Netherlands though fought bravely?  (Most football fans felt the final was a scrappy, rough and badly played game), finally had resign to the fate as Paul had predicted Spain’s victory. 

Nothing, however, including ‘octopus baba’ can take away the sheen away from Spain’s hard fought victory.  As expected the victorious team was taken through a glittering parade through the historic Madrid streets.   The highlight of their homecoming was the three mile open top bus ride through the Madrid streets teeming with thousands of crazy and happy fans who came out in the open to share and celebrate their country winning the world cup.  The entire country was in jubilation celebrating their win. 

Spain certainly deserved it and the victory is yet to sink in,  in the minds of many Spaniards who will continue to celebrate it.  One has to remember that public  memory and that too in the sporting arena,  is too  short that people will forget everything in the next four years.  If by chance, Spain is not able to match the same performance in the next World Cup  they are sure to receive brickbats.  Ultimately it is only the ‘results’ or the ‘success’ that matters.  Today, Spanish fans who shower praises on “Octobpus Baba” for his correct predictions are sure to condemn and criticize the oracle, if at all he happens to do it again  but not picking up Spain as winner in the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil. 

It is the same psyche we Indians exhibit when it comes to our love or rather passion for cricket.  One win and the media and public starts singing paeans of our cricketing heroes. Recently India won the Asia cup after a long awaited gap of 15 years.  And everything including India’s dismal performance in the recent T-20 matches,  was completely forgiven and forgotten.  In a country like ours where public’s emotions or sentiments are driven by instant gratification the fear of criticism after singing paeans is predictable.   Imagine, we have not left out cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar also from this kind of treatment.

I think India should seriously think of buying Octopus Paul as its predictions can be of multifarious use especially in politics and sports.  The other day a cartoon in a leading English daily with an  Indian astrologer (with an Octopus in his basket) and  politicians queuing up to know oracle powers,  clearly depicted the Indian scenario.   And we can certainly predict the winner of cricket matches without resorting to match fixing.  Manmohan Singh and his team can have a sigh of relief once Octopus Baba predicts their victory, inflation or deflation no matter.   The opposition will not try hard to campaign and preserve its resources if Octopus predicts a defeat for them.  Ultimately we may have to forego the process of elections and save the exchequer crores of money both black and white.  Only those the Octopus selects will be declared as sinners. 

In Karnataka this Octopus Baba will have a challenging task of predicting many things. Yeddi-Reddy-Siddu-Swamy combine can make best use of him.  The combined opposition and the united ruling party will have a clear clue as to their next course of action, courtesy Octopus Paul. In the meantime it will be an eighth wonder if this Octopus is not stolen, if at all it is brought to India.   Nothing is impossible here.

by Florine Roche - Daijiworld Media Network
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Comment on this article

  • IBRAHIM KHADAR, Koppa, Dammam

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    "Worship the Creator, not the creation!"

  • Sandesh, Mangalore, Oman

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Ashok Udipi, many poor people in India asked these parrot tricks (gini shastra) and played big lotteries and end up their life by hanging or jumping into river. Same way many asked about their future life after marriage, but divorced within few months. All prediction gone against. I am not at all believer of all this, but reading all theses stories about football vitory I feel Pifa should give one award to this small creature.

  • Ashok, Udupi

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Its unforunate that we are so much carried away by this creature. But if same thing happens in India , nobody will bother to write or show to the world. Example: we think parrot tricks(gini shastra) is superstious thing , but when its foreign actopous, we are ready to belive!! what a shame!

  • Kusuma Dr , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Paul can be used to predict stock markets well and make Indians more rich So our goverment should make all efforts to bring Paul to India and help poor Indins in making money in stockmarket I feel

  • LD , mlore

    Sat, Jul 17 2010

    i am sure he must be a football player earlier who died and REBORN as Octopus Paul

  • loboprem, Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    Astrologers with parrots will soon become history in India.

  • aboobaker uppala, uppala/Holy Makkah

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    Octopus baba!A incredible creature.Keep it away from the Musliyars,Thangals and the swamijis who predict the future for financial benefits.If they get this creature we may see a board infront of their home "YOUR FUTURE THROUGH OCTOPUS".It is nice to hear from brother Pearl D'silva,PARROT HAS BEEN FIRED & OSTOPUS HAS BEEN HIRED.

  • R P D, Sharjah / Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    Come Octopus India....! It will be stolen very 1st day n demands will be asked for its release...he he he ...ha ha ah...!

  • Melwyn, Dubai

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    AjithKumar i cant stop laughing, nice one.

  • Donald Roche, Mangalore/Ruzai

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    One more branch to superstitious belief. Dear readers don't be angry on such things, it is an extra amusement given by Octopus Paul. Let us chuckle it and take it delightfully as an entertaining issue. Let us not be serious of an Octopus with a "talent" for prophecy. We have enough God(s), Religions and Superstitions. So let us not add this to our culture, faith or anything. Let us not become "Psychic". Let us eradicate all superstitions.

    There wont be eighth wonder of this Octopus...because Octopuses have short life expectancy and some species live for as little as six months. Giant Octopus may live for up to five years under suitable circumstances. If the Endocrine secreating glands are removed surgically they may live longer. One more thing... Octopus are highly intelligent probably the most intelligent of all invertebrates. So let us not become invertebrates by depending on PSYCHIC preditions of this Octopus and all other living birds, and animals including HUMANS.!

  • Philip, Mangalore / AUH

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    Before elections politicians roam around freely predicting which candidate or party will win and after elections they disappear. So Why not search for a politician rather than an octopus which will be kept in captivity ?

  • Roshan, m'bidri/a'dhabi

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    Ajithkumar mangalore, nice one!!
    Shanthanu kamath mangalore,,for the nxt soccer cup it won't be there, b'coz the life of a octopus is max 3yrs. Its already one and half yr old.


    Fri, Jul 16 2010



    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    To have faith is good but to have a blind faith may proved harmful.

  • razeena, india

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    its foolish to have faith on almighty god's creature as a destiny predictor .. its just fun for few second but people cant be so weak to beleive in such ways.....whenever any human being think in last movement of the task its from the depth of heart weather a human being or group feelings in the last movment of the task same almighty god favor according to that only.... whether its weak feelings or positive feelings about the task ... last movement feelings fully from the mind and heart such feelings God listen at once.. thats it ....

  • Shantanu Kamath, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    In the next soccer world cup, no teams will actually play the game, but only Octopos predicts..and announce the winner!

  • Pearl D'Silva, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    After the successful predictions of FIFA,parrot has been fired & octopus has been hired.

  • AjitKumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 16 2010

    If Octopus Paul comes to India keep him away from our politicians, who will flock to ask their own election prospects and in turn convert Paul into a great liar (sangha dhosha)and he would end up as a spicy curry.

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