I decided to follow Rajendra’s contact’s advice and look for Shiva Swami of station road who was supposedly the best of the lot and would charge only Rs. When we reached the place at the entrance of the village there were numerous signs inviting us to the ‘original nadi jothidam’, ‘the one and only Nadi consultant’, ‘beware of touds’ [sic] (touts! On enquiring further, we found out know that the place was full of Shiva Swamis as it seemed to be the most popular name around.
I was told that although all efforts had been made to get the script of my life, there could be some errors in interpretation.
So, I had to answer yes or no to statements made about my life. When I replied Udupi, he said that had been accurately mentioned in his leaf.
The prints would be taken after the candidate arrives on the spot!
Either way it goes to show the remarkable wisdom of our ancients!
Nadi Jothidam is the name of an ‘exact science’ by which all details about a person can be told by consulting palm-leaf inscriptions attributed to Agastya Muni, a very famous ancient sage from the South.
There is, supposedly, one palm-leaf inscription for every human on this earth, past present and future!
I included the condition that the payment would be made only if what was said was correct, and this was agreed upon.
I was told to write my date of birth on a sheet of paper and two thumb impressions of my right hand were taken.
When I said yes, he made the very earth-shaking declaration that I was a non vegetarian!
I asked him to go on and he said that both my parents were alive.
We declined this invitation and told them that we would go around the place and come later.