foot path to the five star Hotel, from the maidan to the board room,
we have a tribe of people who believe all sorts of mumbo jumbo. Palmistry
is one of such. We are told that it is a very scientific analysis of
the type of the palm, the lines, the whorls and the swirls and such
rubbish. But, if one takes a close look at the practitioners of this
“science” one thing that we can be sure is that they are conmen
of the first order. What they do is read the body language of the unsuspecting
victim and deduce the answers out of them. Most of the gullible do not
understand that and fall a prey to such.
of palmistry has two schools the Indian and the western. Regardless
of whatever they say, both of the schools depend on only one thing -
they read the body and the palm! While we have no eminent authorities
in India, the western literature boasts of Cheiro - the world renowned
palmist who is supposed to have published several volumes on the subject.
I for one had been very much interested in this and have some very interesting
experiences. As school boy, I was an avid reader of the books of Cheiro
and had become well versed in reading palms. My first instance of this
was the experience of two of my cousins, who had been to a well known
palmist. The elder one thrust his palm under the nose of the palmist
and asked him, tell me among us who is the doctor and which one is the
engineer. The astrologer replied that he, who had put the query, was
the doctor and the other one was the engineer. The other man protested
he was not an engineer, but a chartered accountant - the palmist said
that he was not wrong because both engineers and chartered accountants
do the same thing- calculations!
was about 25 years old I had an occasion to check out on another palmist.
My friend was owning a textile shop on the light house hill road and
when I went there one early morning I saw one of his salesmen having
a vigorous discussion with a palmist - at that time, a breed of palmists
wearing white and a Gandhi cap used to go round the city they used to
be from the other side of the ghats and in the Dakshina Kannada terminology
- gowdas. The salesman was nodding his head and seemed to agree with
everything that the palmist said. After the session was over very satisfactorily
as I could see, the salesman handed over a ten rupee note to the happy
palmist. At this juncture I decided to test him. When I offered my palm,
he perused it through a hand lens and made all sorts of calculations.
Then he asked me to take a note pad in my hand and write the answers
for his questions on that without showing it to him. In fact, he told
me that I should take care to see that he should not see them at all.
He asked me to write numbers for my educational qualifications, number
of siblings, date of birth etc. etc. After that was over, he asked me
to keep that note pad aside face down and hand over his fee. When a
twenty rupee note changed hands he was very happy. He took it and placed
it carefully in his diary. In those days when 3 rupees
could get you a chicken biryani it was a handsome remuneration. He started
his diatribe identifying me as the youngest of a family of 4 brothers
and three sisters. He also told me that I was a high school drop out
drawing a hundred and fifty rupees as an attender. When I agreed with
all that he continued his predictions with my marriage and two children
one a boy and the other a girl. When I asked him the basis of these
he pointed out to various lines and explained their significance. When
I told him that what he had said was all wrong, he told me that it was
not so. He had rightly told all the things following the numbers written
down on the paper which he had given. I had deliberately misled him
giving all the wrong clues. Though he was not seeing what was written
on the paper he was following the movements of the top side of the pen
and noting the numbers put down on paper. The modus operandi of this
fellow was out! I told him secret and demanded my money back. When he
hesitated I pulled out his diary and extracted my note from it and also
that of the person whose palm he had been reading before mine. When
I handed it to its rightful owner, he refused it and gave it back to
the palmist. This happened about 3 decades back and since then I have
been exposing any number of these “palmists” by putting down wrong
numbers and making them talk nonsense.
seeing these, I too decided to become a palmist and have read palms
of hundreds of people and have told them accurately about their nature,
past and have predicted the future too. My readings of the past have
been very, very accurate because the past can be verified and also known
the person whose palm is being read and the body language does the rest.
Once when I was traveling from Mangalore to Bangalore by train, half
the compartment had their palms read and all of them agreed that what
I had said was more than 90% correct. A couple of years back, at St
.John’s Nursing College, Bangalore I had conducted an interaction
with their students. One girl came up on the stage and asked me about
palmistry, I told her that it was a science. She asked me to read her
palm. I said yes and called her on the stage. My first statement was
that she had a very strong will power and wanted everything done her
way. She agreed. Then I told her quite a few things, one was that she
got money but it was not enough for her. I revealed that she was very
sick at the age of three and was almost given up for dead. She asked
more for more details when I told her that she was the only daughter
of a rich couple who were in the gulf. Before she could react I also
told her she had got around 64% marks in her 12th standard exam. Though
these things almost floored her, she demanded more. When I told her
that the matter was personal and could not be revealed in public, she
insisted. At this I told her that around the age of sixteen she had
fallen in love with her first cousin who was a few years older to her.
Her parents were very angry with that, had scolded both of them and
had forbidden them from meeting again and spending time in each others
company. This totally shocked her and she was almost in tears. I told
her that I had revealed this because she had permitted me to do that.
When she agreed that all these were right, I told her whether she would
accept palmistry as a science and she replied that it was not only a
science but a very accurate one at that. At this juncture one of her
class mates came on the stage and told me to tell about her. I retorted
that she was only child of her parents who had thoroughly spoilt her
by their over affection, she too was speechless.
all these do work on unsuspecting people.
our training programs, we ask the trainees to bring a new person to
the program on one of the days and I read their palms with a very good
degree of accuracy. How did I read the girls palm so accurately?
How do we tell people about their past?
to understand the human psychology and be a shrewd reader of the body
language to do that. I will explain only one of the above cases. The
trainee nurse at St. John’s Nursing College was a Malayali catholic.
Her accent betrayed her language and the scapular her faith. That she
was wearing a lot of gold betrayed the affluence of her parents. The
marks in the 12th standard exams were guessed because with
such affluent parents she would have purchased a medical seat, that
she was in a nursing college showed that they were not very high. They
were certainly not very low and the guess was very near the mark! About
child hood illness, every one of us would have gone through those! One
can hardly recall them and so all will agree with that. As for the girl’s
secret of a love affair, every teenager will have a crush on some one
of the opposite sex, it could be a film star, a teacher, a class mate
or even a relative. My guess had hit the nail on the head and the latter
part was also true because like in many other communities and sort of
romantic involvement among cousins is not liked!
give numerous such instances like that. The confidence of the victim
is won by some of the vague things noted in the box. This is a guide
for all those who want to predict the future and reveal the past through
the “science” of palmistry, astrology, numerology or whatever rubbish
that goes by these names. Happy predictions!
become a successful palmist one need not know anything about lines,
mounds, whorls, swirls or whatever. Just take a large size convex lens,
pass your palms over the subjects, take a serious look says a few ahems
and haws and start your career!
are the predictions and character traits that will be admitted by 95%
of the people as applicable to them:
You are a strong personality and will do things exactly the way you
You get plenty of money but it just gets spent( even a beggar will agree
You get self doubts many times, but finally you take the right decision.
You are a very generous person.
You are liked very much by your friends and family.
(for the married) Your married life had problems initially, but they
sorted themselves out.
You had a lot of illness in your child hood.
Your child hood was a very happy period which you are now missing as
(for the unmarried adult) You are in search of the right partner, you
have thought of quite a few ones but have yet to meet the right one.
Your choicest of food is……….. (fill up the blank after finding
out whether the person is a vegetarian.)( you may get into trouble if
you say chicken Manchurian for an orthodox vegetarian Brahmin lady!)
Your lucky color is…….. (note the color of the clothes the person
Your lucky number is …. ( anything from 0 to 9 will do. Who will bother
talking of the future say something good so that the person will be
happy. Who will come back and verify that? But be careful
if you predict something bad!