The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Machines

Since the last few days, I have been struggling to uncover the mystery behind the strange behavior of electronic machines in our house. Some examples here to show how frustrating life is: I switch on the washing machine when I leave home, expecting it to be done by the time I am back for lunch. At lunch time, 4 hours later, I am surprised to see it stuck mid way. The inverter always refuses to switch on automatically when the electricity goes. The grinder automatically starts on when we switch on the plug, many a times leading to a huge spill. The lights, I keep on at night, mysteriously switch off on their own, sometime during the night.

Exasperated by these weird proceedings in our house, I have been trying hard to find out what the heck is going around. From lecturing maids, to double checking settings, I have been trying everything to resolve this mystery. Someone even suggested that maybe our house was under some kind of spell and I  consult a Tantrik to get help.

Today morning, as I got ready for work and put on the washing machine just before leaving, Yog followed me till the machine area. He helped me load all the clothes in the machine, close the door of the machine and put the detergent in. I then switched on the machine, double checked the settings and turned around to clear the buckets from the way. With my back still to the machine, I called Yog to come with me so I could put him to sleep. Couple of seconds later, I still did not get any response from him. I turned around, to see Yog busy adjusting all the buttons on the machine. The poor machine, tried desperately to cope up with Yog. It groaned, jumped a little and then was finally stuck in a limbo. I quickly intervened, redid the settings and started it again. Just as soon as I was done, Yog quickly redid his own settings and had the machine stuck again.

I sighed, picked up Yog, removed him from the scene and adjusted the machine one last time. It didn’t strike me at that time, but later as I was putting him to sleep, I realized that I had uncovered the mystery of our haunted house. It was the enthusiastic spirit of Yog that was ordering all machines to behave so erratically. Come to think of it, as long as I have these two spirited spirits in our house, any other evil spirit cannot dare enter it.

P.S. – Yes, childproofing all electronic machines is on my immediate next agenda.


I am an ex-Management Consultant and a successful entrepreneur having close to twenty years of corporate experience. I am currently focusing full time on being a homeschooling parent while researching on the future of education and alternate methods of education. I am also a Vedic Math Trainer, an Operations Manager at a business run by her children and a philanthropist working with tens of other under privileged children. I bring all my past and current experiences together in the form of writing blogs. Using these blogs I wish to create awareness in parents, caregivers and educators about parenting, education and holistic living.