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Delhiwale: The man with a machine that tells the future

It blinks, quivers and whispers what lies ahead. But the owner of this wondrous device feels he has no future

delhi Updated: Nov 03, 2017 11:39 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Meraj goes around the city with a machine that would be hard to duplicate. Resembling a giant toaster, it “predicts your future” electronically.
Meraj goes around the city with a machine that would be hard to duplicate. Resembling a giant toaster, it “predicts your future” electronically. (Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

We all have our own way of making a living, but Mr Meraj is definitely a trailblazer.

He goes around the city with a machine that would be hard to duplicate. Resembling a giant toaster, it “predicts your future” electronically.

Next to the machine is a promotional sign that proclaims in Hindi and Urdu: “Hear your future with the electronic machine. Question, Rs 5. Answer, Rs 5.”

“Most of my clients are pedestrians,” explains Mr Meraj, when we caught up with him in Daryagani. On a good day he might pull in Rs 150.

We go on chatting till a customer turns up.

Mr Meraj inserts a stethoscope-like device into the guy’s ears.

Bulbs blink!

Pointers oscillate!

The young man listens intently, sometimes nodding as though in agreement with the prediction.

We have to give it a try.

A recorded voice speaking in Hindi provides us with a predictable analysis:

“You aren’t very happy. You break your resolutions too easily...”

And so on, but then a real prediction:

“You’ll be meeting an interesting person today!”

But, has the machine ever provided Mr Meraj with hints about his own future?

He smiles, saying. “I have no future.”