01 August, 2021

The Future Is Big

It's India's fastest-growing industry. Insecurity, uncertainty, innovation, technology: it's present perfect for those catering to the future-tense.

Atul Loke
The Future Is Big
outlookindia.com
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Tomorrow, suddenly, is today's fastest growing business. The future, in India today, is worth Rs 40,000 crore and counting. Literally. It's your future and mine—health, education, careers, relationships; the fate of the share investment your uncle made last week; the outcome of decisions taken in corner offices of giant corporations; fortunes to be fashioned, formed, finished. If karma is a chameleon, the destiny industry is T-Rex on turbo. There has never been a more profitable present for Indian future-tellers.Elderly bare-torsoed men sitting under trees? Parrots picking cards spread out on the pavement? Well-thumbed palmistry primers from Cheiro? Wake up, smell the coffee. We are talk-ing call centres crammed with clairvoyants forecasting for those with the mobiles and the mind to ring in. R&D labs where newer software, to help the computer calculate horoscopes more accurately, are in perpetual make. University-affiliated classes crowded with wannabe oracles. Swank seminars in posh hotels, where delegates who refer to themselves as jyotishpandits, jyotishacharyas and...

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