Lebanon is a country full of superstitious people. Now, I know many of you will probably deny that, as you silently check your Horoscopes and re-watch Leila Abdellatif on Youtube. Problem is, most of you forgot to disable the feature that tweets your daily horoscope automatically (which makes me unfollow you, like, instantly).
This is a sad reality in a country that is grappling with too many people believing in stupid shit and acting on it. But, it is also understandable, given how much uncertainty we live in, and how little we can trust our politicians, system and even fellow citizens.
Now, when I saw Bassarah, the app, I was like, “Oh come on!”, but then, an opportunity to use it surfaced. When I’m in my hometown visiting, many times annoying old women come and start asking to “read coffee cups” (be2ralik el fenjen madame). Now, I find that extremely annoying, and exceptionally naive given that the predictions often centered around “travel” and “news from overseas” (well, duh, most of my family lives abroad). So, when I saw this app, I thought about all the times these women scolded me for “always looking at the phone” instead of listening to their superstitious nonsense.
So, next time I’m there, I’m planning on waiting till that happens, and pulling out my phone and telling them, “oh, don’t worry about it, I have an app for that!” (ma tet3azabeh tante, el telephon la7alo byebasserle) and I absolutely can’t wait to see their reactions when I call their bluff, and they’ll start wondering how on earth can a phone come up with the same tired lies and vague statements they probably were taught by their moms and grandmas.
You take a pic of your empty fenjen (complete with you smudging it with your finger, just like at your grandma’s, hahahaha!)
It’s available for Android and iOS, if you feel like experimenting on your superstitious friends too. Also, I’m glad the developers said “add a little fun to your coffee time” instead of “find out your future” or something.