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entertainment Updated: Feb 28, 2010 02:13 IST
Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar
Hindustan Times
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On boarding the flight back from Dubai last Thursday, I was offered a choice of newspapers. After a careful selection and some minutes of updating myself on the state of the world, I found myself reading the daily horoscope to see if any clues about the future of my film could be hidden in the text.

I’m not someone who jumps to this section of the paper everyday but this time I had an ulterior motive and so I did, only to be reminded why I don’t jump to it.

Is it possible that the future of the human race, that’s all 6,80,32,31,490 of us, can be predicted by being divided into 12 basic zodiac signs? If this writer is to be believed, then is it true that every single Capricorn is having the same kind of day as I am?

As an exercise, I began reading the other zodiac forecasts only to realise that any of them could apply to me. The common mistake we make while reading horoscopes is we don’t read the other signs. Who cares about the Librans and the Aquarians? I’ll tell you who. The Librans and the Aquarians!

Still it’s fun to read the page. The sheer obviousness of certain sentences always brings a smile to my face.Three examples to illustrate:

1. ‘The coming week will see the start of something new.’ — Yes, it will! A new week!!
2. ‘Avoid making hasty or rash decisions today’ — So it’s
okay to make hasty or rash decisions tomorrow?
3. ‘Spend quality time with your loved one’ — No comment.

The theory I buy is that if you know a person well enough, are informed about his history growing up, about decisions he has taken leading up to this point in his life, you could make an educated guess about things he’s most likely to do or not do.

Even then you’d only be approximately right. That’s about it. So for now, we focus on the present. As India celebrates the genius of its favourite cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, it is on the verge of losing the artistic genius of MF Husain.

It is a national shame that the man feels so unsafe in his own country that after years of exile, he may adopt another nationality. As far as predictions go, the day that happens could be one of the darkest days in our country’s history.