Many years ago, I read a book on numerology. According to that book (which someone borrowed and failed to return), my lucky number is 5. I was born on September 5, 1944 (05-09-1944). If you add 5 and 9, the result is 14, and if you add 1 and 4, the result is again 5. And if you add 5, 9, and 1944, it adds up to 1958, but 1+9+5+8 adds up to 23, which again results in 5 (2+3). So I should either have been a billionaire, or a very famous person. I'm sorry to say that I am neither. That's why I have never believed in numerology or astrology or palmistry. When I was around 20 or 25, someone looked at my palm and predicted that I would die before the age of 40. Another charlatan (my father's cousin, a dentist from Bombay) looked at my palm and strongly advised me never to marry, as my wife would sue for divorce within three years. I'm now 77 and have been married for 48 years, so naturally I believe all this palmistry and astrology/numerology business is pure mumbo jumbo.

But I'm amazed at the prevalence of the number nine in the life of Benazir Bhutto. She was born on June 21, 1953. June 21 adds up to 9 (21+6=27, 2+7=9). The four digits of 1953 ultimately add up to 9 (1+9+5+3=18, 1+8=9). Again, all the digits in 21-06-1953 ultimately add up to 9 (21+6+1+9+5+3=45, 4+5=9). So, we may conclude that 9 was her lucky number, as she became famous as well as a billionaire). 

But then, she was killed on 27 December, 2007. The digits in 27 add up to 9, and those in 2007 also add up to 9. When she died, her age was 54 (5+4=9). From this, one may conclude that the number 9 was very unlucky for her. I know that she was a very superstitious woman, so I wonder why she didn't stay at home that fateful day when she was assassinated.