I am almost never superstitious. I don't believe anything not scientifically proven. Don't believe in ghosts, have always doubted Ayurvedic medicines, I take Astrology with a pinch of salt, ditto for Vastu, Feng Shui etc.
I read this article many years ago, in Delhi in The Times of India. This article on vastu said "Keeping cactus and succulents inside the house brings death to someone in that house." I was annoyed. How do they allow such rubbish to be published. " He talks about death so simply, it's going to put people off some beautiful indoor plants, frighten them..." I muttered, "Didn't Preeti have such a beautiful collection of cactus..." And then I froze. Preeti, two years my junior, had died in a freak accident a few years ago - she fell from her balcony while leaning out to wave at her husband. She had gifted me some cactus from her beautiful, collection, but my cactus did not survive. There could be no link, silly superstition, I thought. But the next time I visited a nursery and admired a tiny yellow pot of 'kiss me quicks', I did not buy them.
This November my neighbours lost their 23 year old son. They had locked the house in a hurry when they heard of the accident in Bombay and were in no condition to come back home, alone, when he died soon afterwards. Then, one day, their relative came to collect some documents from their locked house and asked if I could take care of their indoor plants since they had no idea when the grieving parents would be back. I asked my mali (gardener) to bring their potted plants out so they could be watered and weeded along with my plants. He did that. Imagine my horror when I noticed the next morning that five amongst their plants were various varieties of cactus.
I did not take good care of these cactus, pushed them as far away from our houses as possible, but they have survived. I may be wrong. How can any plants inside or outside your house indicate death?
Last week when they came back, they collected their plants. They have taken the cactus inside their house again. How do you tell a grieving mother to throw away her cactus...or at least leave them outside her house?