Here the astrologer decides about the wedding. “I read the girls’ hands and hit them”

– It is better to buy a car between May and August, but it is also the best time to get married and get pregnant. Buying a house or building does not begin until September. Unfortunately, we are running out of time – says one of the protagonists of Paulina Wilk’s book “Lalki w ogniu”. The author paints a charming portrait of India, where love must seek the consent of astrologers, hatred of women has a deadly power, and a few pots are enough to create a house.

  • – Indian astrology is a very ancient science, very ancient! It is also more accurate than in Europe, because our calculations are based on the moon, not the sun. Our astrology can be studied in universities – says the protagonist of the “Doll on Fire”
  • “Singh found that the biggest problem was muscle weakness. He gave copper. Or rather, drinking water – how could you get the minimum amount of copper in your body other than pouring a few screws and coins into a jug?”
  • – I read and beat the girls’ hands, but over time I realized that what I said worked. I could easily date the events, but I didn’t know how it was possible, says one of Paulina Wilk’s protagonists.
  • “How is it that during an entire month, an unusually large number of patients are discharged from psychiatric hospitals in India because their condition suddenly improves? … Din Singh has many answers, but he is more interested in the unknown.
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India is changing and at the same time remaining true to tradition. They live on the streets, crowded and growing. People pray, trade, love and sleep among others. Intimacy and personal happiness are replaced by family and caste interests, and opposites must fit into narrow alleys. Paulina Wilk guides readers to the luxurious Mumbai, the Calcutta Fair and the old streets of Delhi, as well as the huts and islands inhabited by humans and tigers. From the harsh Himalayas to the warm shores of Kerala, it reflects what is thoughtful and hasty, worldly and majestic. As it approaches, it reveals both the beauty and the misery of the Indian world.

“Dolls on Fire” is a modern classic that supports people who have been traveling to India for decades and want to understand their phenomenon. The reprint of the book comes with the author’s prologue, which goes back to the places and people described here. We publish for you a fragment of it published by Marginesy Publishing House.

“Dolls on Fire. Tales from India,” Paulina Wilk

Humayun Kabir is a short man with a disgusting face. Gray contrasts with pink lips, the upper lip sometimes rises, as if frustrated. The ears are covered with long black hairs. He dyed his hair red. He does not stop smiling from the moment he feels curious. Now he settles down, digs a big notebook out of a plastic bag and draws a serious face. He runs his hand over a blank sheet of paper and says:

– Please give your name and date of birth.

He mutters and writes a red pencil in the corner of the paper. Then quickly but carefully – most Indians have experience and stylish handwriting – draw a square, divide it into twelve diamonds with diagonal lines and enter a number in each. One more, the same, but the numbers are different. He looks at them silently and sniffs. The smile returns to her lips. begins.

– Starting from July 15, 2007, the last years have been very successful. Now big changes are coming, good changes are coming. A very important, decisive time. Practicality and organization are good qualities, but you don’t have to think much. It is better to just move and forget. Don’t overload your brain. For future success, you need emeralds, to be exact, six and a quarter carats. It was bought in Jaipur and gilded by one of the local jewelers. Yes. Now I will answer the questions.


“Dolls burn. Tales from India” by Paulina Wilk

Photo: Marginesy Publishing House

He listens to them with a smile, closes his eyes, and gently shakes his head – straightening the face of a man who will not be surprised, because every doubt can be explained, everything is written right here – in these twelve diamonds. He strikes the pen on the paper, but looks straight ahead. Despite the fact that the world is falling around him, he is constantly thinking. The bathroom collapsed nearby; everyone closes their eyes and waits for the dust to settle.

– It is better to buy a car between May and August, but it is also the best time to get married and get pregnant. Buying a house or building does not begin until September. Unfortunately, our time is running out – there was no need to look at his watch, his speech was carefully calculated – but exceptionally, I can give a horoscope to a loved one. I ask my date of birth and name.

He raises his eyebrows again. Sweat rays on the lips. Another set of good news.

– Indian astrology is a very ancient science, very ancient! It is also more accurate than in Europe, because our calculations are based on the moon, not the sun. Our astrology can be studied at universities. The most popular school is in Varanasi, but private colleges also have courses in Delhi. Many people come.

Another farewell card, for friends. There is an additional note: “M. Humayun Kabir. 20 years of experience.” 200 rupees disappear in the pocket of a dirty shirt. In front, two men break the wall with a hammer, and turquoise-painted bricks fall.

Last question:

– When will this repair be completed?

An astrologer with twenty years of experience shakes his head:

– Nobody knows that.

Dean Singh is a busy man. He runs a prestigious private university in Calcutta, known for its modern approach to education. Students can choose from a variety of specialized courses, such as computer technology and clothing design, but not astrology. They like it so much that long after dark they sit in a common room on the first floor and walk around the multi-storey building. The dean’s office is in sixth place, in the corner of the corridor, framed by glass, frozen. The air conditioner blows cold air waves, causing a bad smell in the room.

Saabira was one of the best students and helped the dean with office work. Beta calls him a “baby”. That’s the only reason he agrees to meet her. Different people turn to him for help, but he only gives advice to a few. And he never takes money.

“I’m not an astrologer, but I can explain a few things,” he says.

It is difficult to say how old he is. Maybe 60. Mixed cheeks, smooth and shiny as a teenager, perfectly shaved face and red-dyed hair. Dean Singh, despite his Sikh name, comes from a respected Indian family. He has been working at the university for decades, his friends respect him, students love him, and doctors call him when he loses hope of healing.

99 out of 100 Indian astrologers are cunning

99 out of 100 Indian astrologers are cunning

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He sits at a table, surrounded by science and technology: a telephone, a computer, a printer, cabinets full of books. He carries a gold pen in the pocket of his smooth shirt. He puts his hands on the glass table and talks. Private lecture in a serious scientific tone.

– We were born at a specific point in time and space. When we are born, the planets have a unique structure, which gives us a unique set of elements that make up the body and mind. This is how our internal system of microelements is formed. – In the last word, he connects the thumb and forefinger as if there is a piece of truth between them. – Therefore, microtherapy is the key to the proper functioning of the body. Usually the cause of the disease and illness is the lack of an ingredient, which, if taken in small doses, restores the balance of the body. How to find the missing item? That’s what the planets tell you.

The doctor helped some people. It tells the story of a young man who has been suffering from an illness for months. He learned this from a doctor he knew. A colleague called because he had exhausted all medical treatment.

Singh found that the biggest problem was muscle weakness. He ordered copper to be given. Or rather: drinking water – if you do not pour a few screws and coins in a bowl, how else can you provide the body with a minimum dose of copper? A few weeks later, the man appeared in his place. He came on his own, in his armpits, healthier.

There is also the story of a lawyer who did his job and did not shake hands when saying goodbye. One day he apologized and explained that he had eczema on his hands. He has already traveled all over the country, visiting doctors, Ayurvedic specialists and astrologers, but to no avail. Only the silicone recommended by the dean helped.

Singh is cautious and is not interested in a career as a therapist. He helps in exceptional cases, mainly with friends.

“In 100 out of 99, astrologers are cunning and use human naivety,” he says.

While still in elementary school, he began to study old astrological books out of curiosity, even though his beginnings were completely pragmatic.

– I read and beat the girls’ hands, but over time I realized that what I said worked. I could easily date the events, but I didn’t know how it was possible. I wanted to know why, so I started reading about the arrangement of the planets.

At first, he tried the solutions on his own, and when they succeeded, he dared to advise his relatives. It is about astrology as an interesting riddle. This is a passion of the truth-seeking researcher. Within an hour, he sent dozens of questions into the air. How is it that an extraordinary number of patients a month are discharged from psychiatric hospitals in India due to a sudden improvement in their condition? Since the Moon is strong enough to attract the waters of the ocean and create a powerful wave, how can it not affect us? What was the DNA of the first living thing like? How does our body regulate the work of hormones?

Dean Singh has many answers, but is more interested in the unknown.

– The future? There is no such thing. There is only the present. The past no longer exists, and we will know the future only when it becomes the present. Don’t wait for tomorrow, because it will never come. If you want something, do it today.

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