A true story.
One of the things that used to annoy me when I was visiting relatives was their standard question: “Where is your bindi/pottu? Why is your forehead bare?”
When I was young, there were 2 kinds of pottu/bindi available – the liquid one & the sticker one. I did not like the liquid one because it washes off easily & I used to wash my face with water often. The sticker ones gave me pimples on my forehead. Have you noticed that many older women have dark spots on their forehead caused by years of pottu wearing but they will continue damaging their skin by wearing pottu.
This incident happened about 15 years ago.
I asked an aunt as to why they insist on wearing pottu?
Aunt: “Pottu covers the spot between your eyebrows which is very powerful. If you don’t wear pottu, people can look at that spot between your forehead, hypnotize & kidnap young girls like you.”
Me: “Well, christians & muslims do not wear pottu. Then, what about those girls?”
Aunt: “The kidnappers hypnotize & kidnap them. Hindu girls are safe because of pottu.”
What a load of bollocks!