The Indian Future Telling business is on a bull run threatening to become a stampede. There's an unprecedented rush of customers, young and old, men and women, willing to pay whatever it costs to know fortune's impending intent. Enthusiastic purchasers of soothsayers' skills, skills that are being bought to map and minimise the many risks that riddle life today. And the Future Telling Industry is repackaging its products vigorously to cater to this, its expanding, and exacting, new clientele.
Enter Future Point's hi-tech Delhi office and savour soothsaying as off-the-shelf retail. "Your Happy Future is Our Concern," advertise its brochures. The "products and services" on offer: consultation sessions, computer horoscopes, astrological software, remedial gems, yantras, rosaries, a monthly magazine on astrology and occultism, a directory of astrologers and Mewar varsity-affiliated courses on astrology, palmistry, numerology, vaastushastra. Arun K. Bansal, "topper in both MSc and MPhil physics", presides over these operations with his wife Abha, and spends most of his work hours on product development, the latest addition in his portfolio being an astro pocket computer, Leo Palm—"its usp: making horoscopes in a minute, anywhere, anytime".