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How to ward off the evil eye in 2013
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

By Sudha Mathew

For that all-important first blog of the year, I thought I would do a recap of 2012 and list my plans for 2013. I then changed my mind and decided to write about my dream destinations in the new year. Finally, I thought of something that will be far more useful to you – a massive dose of good luck. This photo of hundreds of evil-eye charms is sure to keep you safe on your travels this year.

 Evil eye bracelets in Turkey

This picture was taken on a sunny day two years ago in a street near Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. These pretty glass pendants called nazar boncuğu in Turkey are meant to ward off the evil eye cast by envious people. They are probably the most popular souvenirs in Turkey and are sold everywhere at low prices. You can find them in the form of bracelets, pendants, fridge magnets and wall art. People in Turkey put them on new cars, doors, new-born babies and even on farm animals to keep them safe.

As a matter of fact, the evil eye tradition or belief is common in many cultures in the Middle East, India, Africa, South America and parts of Europe. In India, a black kohl dot is put on a baby’s cheek while putting up a demon mask, smashing a pumpkin, suspending a lemon with green chillies over the front door are ways to ward off the evil eye from vehicles and houses.

So put on that evil eye bracelet or at the very least, draw a black spot on your cheek before bragging to your friends about the fabulous journeys chalked out for this year.


 Do you have an evil eye custom to share? I’d love to hear it.

Wishing everyone safe and magical travels through the coming year!


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Posted by Sudha at 11:36 pm
    Comments ( 5 5)
  • Renita Ghosh

    January 4, 2013

    Hey thanks Sudha for sharing this. I have a 2 month old baby at home and my mother in law says that I should rid her off the evil eye using read chilies and then burn them. Its not just about being superstitious, it actually does take a toll, doesn’t it? I was reading an article on how apart from India, the evil eye is warded off in various other countries: http://www.humptybumptykids.com/protecting-baby-evil-eye/.

  • sudha

    January 4, 2013

    Renita, thanks for dropping by the blog and sharing your experiences. My family doesn’t believe it but when I lived in Madras, I saw a lot of the customs very much alive today.

  • Yeity

    January 12, 2013

    Saw these everywhere in Greece, think you can even get evil eye iPhone apps these days lol

  • sudha

    January 14, 2013

    Thanks for stopping by. An evil eye iPhone app sounds fun! Took a look at your website, Yeity. Very cool.

  • Nisha

    October 1, 2013

    I am amazed to see how many countries have some form or the other of this evil-eye. Thanks for dropping by my blog, Sudha.

    Here’s my post for your readers.

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell


My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

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