Monday, 16 November 2015

My First Fortune Cookie

Photo: Katie Sayer
Do you believe in fortune-telling?

Last night I went along with a couple of friends to a nearby restaurant. Just before we left, our waiter came running back with a plate of fortune cookies!

I have often heard and read about them but never seen one for real. I was rather thrilled because they just seem so mystical. There is something about fortune telling which raises curiosity, even in those who don't believe in it. Most of the times I am left amused by what these so called astrologers say and deduct. For example, if a young girl shows her hand it would invariably be for the matter of heart or now with trending times, job!

Of course there was an exception, when I had a chance encounter with a mystic. I didn't believe him at that time, but he foretold couple of things which did come out true. It could very well be one off-case of guess work coming true. But I kind of fancy the idea that maybe there are few people who know their stuff for real. After all, from ancient times astrology and astronomy(science) were two sides of the same coin. Not that I believe in every Tom, Dick and Harry or that I go visit one for any purpose. Considering how lot of wackos got into this field giving fortune-telling a bad reputation.

But that being told, I would be even more afraid to go to someone who can predict things accurately. I mean, even though it sounds cool to know the future, if I can't change it I would rather not know it! Thankfully, fortune cookies are nothing so serious, in fact mostly they have phrases or vague prophecies. They are generally crisp cookies made from flour, sugar and vanilla. And contrary to common belief, they are not Chinese(they just sound Chinese). It's an American invention inspired by Japanese traditions.

There is a lot of controversy over who invented them, as per one of the popular legends,
"a Japanese immigrant, Makoto Hagiwara, invented the fortune cookie in San Francisco. Hagiwara designer of the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park was an avid gardener until an anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century. Later a new mayor did reinstate him. In 1914, to show his deep appreciation to friends who had stood by him during his time of hardship, Hagiwara made a cookie and placed a thank you note inside. After passing them out to those who had helped him, he began serving them regularly at the Japanese Tea Garden."
Regardless of who invented it, I am glad for it. We had lot of fun reading those messages and mine even came true!

My very first fortune cookie had the message,
"On your next visit you can pick any pizza of your choice for free"
I couldn't have asked for a better future :D

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