Luck by Con­junc­ture

11.11.11 comes once in a cen­tury. To many, it’s aus­pi­cious.

India Today - - NATION - By Ki­ran Tare, Shravya Jain and Amar­nath K. Menon

From big-fat wed­dings, movie re­leases to a three-hour mu­si­cal soiree in Hy­der­abad, ev­ery­one is out to do some­thing mem­o­rable on 11.11.11, the date that comes once in a cen­tury. Even Tel­ugu De­sam Party supremo N. Chan­drababu Naidu is hop­ing the day works its magic. “Eleventh day of the eleventh month in the eleventh year, we have eleven mu­si­cians in con­cert and you have a date with us.” That’s his im­pas­sioned ap­peal to raise funds for the NTR Me­mo­rial Trust with a soiree in Hy­der­abad. But is it re­ally an aus­pi­cious day? The ver­dict is split.

Nashik-based astrologer Atul- shas­tri Bha­gre says it’s not aus­pi­cious. “At­trac­tive and aus­pi­cious nu­mer­als are two dif­fer­ent things. The date is easy to re­mem­ber be­cause of its unique­ness but it is cer­tainly not aus­pi­cious,” he in­sists. Agrees Mum­bai-based astrologer Prasad Mu­lay: “The day be­fore Novem­ber 11 is a full moon, which is not con­sid­ered a good sign.” Del­hibased astrologer S.P. Tata also sees noth­ing spe­cial in the date. “It is merely a num­ber con­junc­ture,” he says.

Well-known astrologer Be­jan Daruwala has a dif­fer­ent take. “Eleven is the num­ber of Jupiter, the Santa Claus of all plan­ets. It gives honey as well as money,” he says. An astrologer with Rashee Stu­dio in Delhi con­curs: “Busi­ness­men and pro­fes­sion­als can ex­pect a lot of progress. Af­ter­noon on­wards, the day will be even more aus­pi­cious,” he says.

Sanal Edamaruku, pres­i­dent of the In­dian Ra­tio­nal­ist As­so­ci­a­tion, pooh-poohs all pre­dic­tions. “For a mar­riage to be suc­cess­ful, com­pat­i­bil­ity is more im­por­tant than the date on which you tie the knot,” he says. He rubs it in: “It’s in­ter­est­ing to see as­trologers mak­ing pre­dic­tions about a date from the Ro­man cal­en­dar.”

But tell that to Ravi Kocharekar, a Pune busi­ness­man, who resched­uled his wed­ding from Novem­ber 1 to Novem­ber 11. The Ran­bir Kapoorstar­rer Rock­star will also open in the­atres on Novem­ber 11. Will it be lucky for him?

BHASKAR Paul/­di­a­to­day­im­


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