Sir, - This refers to the item "Sssnake" which pertains to the superstition of purchaser of a brand new motor bike dying of snake bite and all the subsequent purchasers too (Northern Jilla Notebook, Jan.24). This also states that there are no purchasers for the two month-old bike even for Rs.3000!

I wish to state that if the bike is a brand new one which it is supposed to be, and legally transferable, I would like to purchase the same for Rs.3,001. However, the ownership should be legally transferable and the motor bike should be in road worthy condition.


From: Narendra Nayak, Secretary,

South Kanara Rationalist Association,

Microwave Station Road, Mangalore 575 006 (Karnataka)

To: The Editor,

Indian Express,

No.1, Queens Road, Bangalore 560 001 (Karnataka)


Dear Sir,

This has reference to an item published in your northern Jilla note book on the 24th January 1990 about a superstition of a snake biting three successive owners of a brand new motor bike. This item had attracted a lot of attention in Mangalore particularly that of many gullible, superstitious people who had started pointing out to me that what we were debunking as superstition was truth and were quoting the above referred to report as the proof!

So in order to set things right and to see for myself the truth behind the statement that there were no buyers for the so called 'brand new' motor bike for a paltry amount of Rs.3000, I had replied through the letters to the editor column of your newspaper that I was ready to purchase the said bike for Rs.3001 of course provided that it was the brand new one which it purported to be and its ownership being transferable. It was our feeling that rather than enter into lengthy, fruitless arguments it would be the best for us to prove by example that such superstitions are nonsense! The same was published in your esteemed newspaper in the letters to the editor column on the 27th January itself.

But, the most intriguing is that there has been no response at all to my letter so far. If it were true that a number of people were very anxiously awaiting a customer for the ill fated motor bike why have they not responded to my offer? Is it that they are anxious about my fate if I purchase the bike? Or is it that the whole story of the 'sssnake' is a concocted fraud? Going by the response, the latter seems to be true! I would like to seek further clarification from your reporter through the letters to the editor column of your newspaper.

From: B.Premanand, Convener, Indian CSICOP,

10 Chettipalayam Road Podanur 641 023

Tamilnadu, (India)

To: The Editor, Indian Express,

No.1, Queens Road, Bangalore 560 001 (Karnataka)

Regd.Post. Ack.Due.


Dear Friend,

One of my friend's have sent me the photostat of the Indian Express of 24.1.1990 and 27.1.1990 of the item Sssnake! and Ready to Purchase.

I am enclosing herewith a cheque made in your favour for Rs.3,100/- being the offer made by the show room for the motor bike which is said to be a new one and used only for 2 months. I shall be glad if you will kindly let me know from whom I can take delivery of the same.

Please let me know the name and address of the show room where the motor bike is kept for sale and also the address of your correspondent who published this story.

With my best wishes,

Yours sincerely,


Encl:cheque No.388003 on State Bank of India, Podanur.

Photostat of the articles above mentioned.

Telegram: 'INDEXPRESS'

Telephone: 76893 to 76896


(Proprietors of: Indian Express, Kannada Prabha & Dinamani)

Regd. Office: No.1, Queen's Road,

Express Estates, Mount Road, Bangalore - 560 001.

Madras - 600 002.

Ref. No

Date 25-03-1990.

Mr. B.Premanand,

10, Chettipalayam Road, Podanur 641 023.

Dear Friend,

We have your letter and the crossed cheque for Rs.3,100 dated 20.03.1990. We just published the interesting story. We do not come into the picture of monetary transaction. Therefore, we are herewith returning the cheque. We may try at best to get the address of the motor-bike.

Best wishes,

Yours Sincerely,

Sd. K.V.Rao, News Editor.

To: The New Editor, Shri K.V.Rao, Indian express,

No.1, Queens Road, Bangalore 560 001 (Karnataka)


Dear Friend,

I refer to your letter of 25th inst., acknowledging my letter of 20.3.1990 and returning to me my cheque for Rs.3100/-. I would request you to let me know where the motor bike is available for sale as published in your article SSSnake by your reporter. I hope to receive the address immediately so that I may purchase the motor cycle and also know the truth of your story. If the story is true you would give me the addresses of the three persons who died of snake bite and also the address of the shop where the motor bike is kept for sale now.

With my best wishes, and hoping to hear from you. Please also let me know the address of the reporter who wrote that article.

Yours sincerely,

Sd. B.Premanand.

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