30 November, 2020

The Jetsetting Purohits

Pronto pujas and instant mantras speed the new age priest on his way to the NRI faithful

The Jetsetting Purohits

Shlokas in suitcase, vedas and visa in hand, the purohit with the passport is God's gift to Indians overseas. And it is for the greater glory of God that they fly. One of theyoungest flying maharajs is probably Rajesh Sharma, 28, a priest who, by renouncing the world, has gained more access to it than other mortals. Manila, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Hamburg.... Rajesh has delivered sermons everywhere. Except possibly in deep Africa.

The modern day purohit has his perks. Rajesh has a Flying Dutchman (FD) Blue Wing card. Which means he can earn valuable FD points each time he flies with KLM, Northwest Airlines, Air UK and Transavia, as well as when he chooses to rent a car from Avis or stays at places like Holiday Inn, Corden Tulip, Inter-Continental and Sheraton hotels. He will be entitled to free tickets and may eventually move up to the Silver Wing and then on to the exclusive FD service level, Royal Wing.

This is a far cry from the traditional ban on Brahmins travelling across the seas. But Rajesh has his justification for...



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