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Know your ‘future’ at Pragati Maidan

Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 30, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:31 IST(30/1/2013)

Next week, it’s not just the book fair that will attract you to Pragati Maidan. 

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There is another fair for the believers, who wish to know what the stars hold for them. The fair can also be a treat for the non-believers if they are curious about their future. As part of the Nakshatra festival, a number of astrologers, fortune-tellers, tarot card readers and vastu experts will gather at the Pragati Maidan from Saturday.

Organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation in association with Future Point at Hall 15, it will include all the powerhouses of Indian astrology.

“Many famous astrologers are coming from all over the country. One of them, Pandit Lekhram - who is coming from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh - can make a horoscope just by looking at one’s palm. Another one, Pandit Nathuram Sharma from Bhilwara in Rajasthan will bring along with him a Bhrigu Samhita, an ancient astrological text, which has been in his family for generations. From Nasik, Naresh Udasi, who puts paint on one’s palm and reads from its print on a piece of paper, is also coming,” Abha Bansal of Future Point said.

The exclusive exhibition, however, will also include fresh professionals who have taken up astrology as a career. “There is a lot of enthusiasm about astrology among the next generation. People are looking at it as a viable career option and therefore many of them are making a beeline in front of astrology institutes,” an organiser said.

There will be palmists, astrologers, vastu experts, tarot card readers and even coffee cup readers. A series of seminars too will be organised. “The latest techniques and technology used in astrology today will be showcased. There are latest softwares and mobile applications available for Android phones too,” Bansal said.


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