May 28, 2018
Destny in Numbrs: How Numerology is Ruining Indian Names and Traditions
Can you pronounce “Devgn”? Neither can I. No, this is not some linguistic issue. This name is as difficult to utter in India as it is elsewhere. Yet, I do not know if the actor that holds this surname cares. What is more important is that this name is bringing him luck – at least according to the numerologists.
It is not for me to measure how popular numerology is in India; it is certain that some ridicule it as much as others believe in it. This text, therefore, should not be read as spreading a stereotypical vision in which numerology is a common and undisputed belief in India. What I will focus on is a trend only – a fashion for numerology among some Indian celebrities – and that trend should not be generalized.
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