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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 28: 22 October

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysIn order to convince some of the sceptical friends who haunt my dreams at night that I am not mocking all this up in a BBC studio I have undertaken to try and bring back various items as proof of travel. One has asked for an Indian astrological chart for their first child expected next April. It so happens that the Taj is the only hotel I know of in the world which has a resident astrologer. So this Saturday morning I repair to Mr Jagjit Uppal, a pleasant, soft-spoken man with a serene but disturbingly impenetrable smile. Astrology, he confirms, plays a big part in Indian life and he is regularly consulted by businessmen, politicians and film stars. He needs to know only dates, places and exact times of birth to give a fluent prediction. Having collected my friend's chart I ask him about my own prospects, especially for the next 52 days. Fixing me with big round eyes he assures that as bright stars, Jupiter and Venus, govern my future, all my problems are over. My journey from now on will be smooth and I am destined to arrive on time or even early. I see the director's face drop. It may be good astrology but it's bad television. Personally I'm rather relieved.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 28
  • Date: 22 October
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Bombay
  • Book page no: 96

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