As luck would have it

Fortune telling has been passed down from the yore. It has a history that is longer than one dares to imagine. There are many debates surrounding the subject and both sides have strong arguments.

While many people aren’t for astrologists predicting the future and horoscopes, others religiously flip through newspapers to find their lucky colour for the day. Metrolife found out what the youngsters of the City had to say about this.

Strange beliefs

K Chaitanya, a psychology student at MLACW, says, “A part of me believes in it but another doesn’t. Sometimes, if you look at the horoscope in the morning, it may come true but at others, it may not. You shouldn’t put too much trust in it. Nor should you say that it is right or wrong — it is upto the people to decide what they believe in and I believe 50 per cent in it.

Someone said that I would fail first PUC and join BA and both those things happened. But they also said that I would get married at the age of 18 which didn’t happen. If something happens according to the horoscope that day, I’ll believe it. But if something doesn’t come true, I’ll just let it go.”

Blame it on the colour

Meena R, also a psychology student at MLACW, says, “There are so many people who have gotten divorced even though they have looked at horoscopes and others who are living happily even though they haven’t visited an astrologer. It has happened in my family as well — sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Two people liking and marrying each other has nothing to do with horoscopes. My parents are such arduous believers that when I bought a white scooter instead of a red one and had two accidents, they said it was because of the wrong colour.”

Courting the unknown

Payashwini, a BE student from the South East Asian College of Engineering, says, “Horoscopes define a person on the whole. I think it is worth believing in them to some extent. It is a part of our culture but nowadays, it has become like gossip. Even now, there are so many invisible things that are yet to be discovered.

Scientists are searching for them so why don’t they believe in astrology? In the olden days, only people with great knowledge used to teach astrology but now everyone can do it. I believe in what they used to do in the earlier times.” 

Money matters

Kavya S, a sociology student at MLACW, says, “I don’t believe in horoscopes because they just do it for the money. Once I was told that I would fail second PUC but I passed with 75 per cent and since then I haven’t believed in them.

If fortune-tellers really have any power, they should use it to look at their own future instead of conning others. My father is a devout believer and wanted to have my name changed to ‘Kanchana’ once. Even though I find it ridiculous, I follow some of the things just to make my parents happy.”

Disappointing yellow 

Priyanka, a BE (telecommunication) student at CMRIT says, “I’m against reading horoscopes because of something that happened during my engineering days. A few years ago, I used to believe in them. I had a maths exam and had prepared very well for it.

Unfortunately, I read the horoscope that day, which said my lucky colour was yellow. So I dressed up completely in yellow. I ended up failing the exam even though I’m good at academics and since then, I haven’t believed in horoscopes. It was really scary that day!”

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