If you come to India or Nepal you will see nimbu-mirchi totkas consisting of chilis and limes hanging on a string over doorways everywhere. Nimbu means lime, mirchi means chilis, and a totka is a sort of charm to ward off evils. Displaying the nimbu-mirchi is an ancient Hindu practice that you'll see not only over doorways, but also adorning vehicles and dangling from portraits of beloved ancestors and politicians.
|Unknown Bollywood starlet chatting with nimbu-mirchi sellers.|
|Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth with an owl.|
|Don't step on that!!!|