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.
They conducted a due search for the ‘leaves’ belonging to each of us.
When queried as to where they came from, were told that the temple was the source for all of the Nadi leaves.
Our team consisted of Gareth the producer, Brendon his son, Gurmith the photographer, Savitri Choudahry the arranger, Dr. We had cooked up a story for the astrologers- that Gareth was a wealthy textile tycoon and Savitri was his guide for all India, Ganesh for Tamilnadu and I for Karnataka.
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.
Here since I had unwittingly revealed my name, or that was the impression I gave, they went directly into other details.
With some encouragement from me the reader started delivering the usual rigmarole that they do.