The other was that the practice of reading one’s prewritten palm leaves by the astrologers was widely believed to be very, very accurate according to many glowing reports on the net.
I had visited one such a few years back and had exposed him, but this time there was an opportunity to do more; this time with prior preparation.
As usual I was told he has friends in the temple that would be glad to do them for a suitable price and no fraud.
I was also assured that it would be seen to that the offerings made to the gods on my behalf would be sent by post as prescribed.
When I expressed fears about my health he told me that I would live upto the age of 80 and enjoy very good health till then.
One was that the movement there must get due publicity.The minute we alighted from our cars a horde of unsavoury characters descended on us with offers to have our leaves read and claims that theirs was the only genuine Nadi Jotisham!The moment we fell into the clutches of one and followed him, there were a few snide remarks from others that we were in the hands of a fraud and they were the real genuine ones!However, they were prepared for any unforeseen things by saying that even the gods could sometimes make mistakes and there could be some.So, all the blame could be transferred onto someone else.I was a poor Brahmin at Palakkad and had died at the age of 40 in my past life.However, I was promised that the problems could be solved very easily by performing pujas for a long period.Every morning they would visit the temple and obtain the leaves of all those who were preordained to visit them and it was inevitable that those who were to arrive would do so!A really wonderful explanation for anything that could happen!Of course, they were to be done by a person whom the priest knew very well.The rich white man was told to make the payment in advance and the offerings would be sent to him by post at regular intervals as prescribed. The way they were trying to get the info was quite interesting and not a very good example of cold reading.