Shri hari and Pratibha The city welcomed 172 boys and 159 baby girls on millennium day. But software engineer Shri Haris wife was particularly fortunate. She delivered caesarean twin girls. Says an overwhelmed Pratibha: "These tiny bundles of joy are very special. Ive read babies born on the first day of the millennium are incredibly lucky." Devout Iyengars, the Shri Haris are happier that the first twin arrived at 8.48 am, well before the Rahu Kalam or the inauspicious hour. Now, they need not worry about astrologers predicting that a millennium child could bring bad luck. Superstitions laid to rest, the familys busy scanning the holy treatise, Lakshmi Sahasranama, to choose names for the twins.
Abdul Safiq and badrunissa They attach little importance to the fact that their son was born at 8 am on millennium day. "What difference does it make?" asks his father, a meat-shop owner who lives in a 40-member joint family in Basdroni, South 24 Parganas. He has two other children; they live with 22...