"Behind you! Dont look now. That is Naren. He can't find anything to blame his parents for"
"Yes. I mean he got all his faults by himself. Can you believe it!"
And the said persons draw themselves away sharply when someone introduces you to them, inquiring whether there is a funny smell in the air or it's just their imagination.
But the other day, I found something in my favorite newspaper, the Mumbai Mirror, which has clarified my confused thinking and showed me the way. That article outlined the basics of numerology and how much these people earned, and were sought after. Eyeopening!
NOW I know what to blame my parents for.
I BLAME MY PARENTS FOR NOT MAKING ME A NUMEROLOGIST
I remember being persuaded, against my fervent wishes, to study engineering. Or medicine.
"There is no other branch of study, as far as I can tell", my mother told me.
My plan of being a movie actor did not seem to impress her much.
"Naren, I am your mother and I love you very much but on a scale of 0 to 10 for looks, you are too close to 0 to be a movie actor", she told me dismissively.
I had had third party confirmation of this diagnosis earlier so I did not press the point. But surely, it was her maternal duty to actively look for other, more fruitful professions. She did not.
And now I read in the paper that this numerologist is consulted by all the mighty ones in show-biz and high finance for advice on all matters from the suitability of a movie script to the investability in a stock.
Now I make all kinds of contraptions to help manufacture things faster and more cheaply, charging a dime or nickel here and there for my services. And should the said contraption not work, I don't get paid even that dime or nickel. In fact, even if the said contraption was working well, a glitch would get my dime/nickel payer clawing at my throat with a view to strangling me. A demanding way to earn a living. And this after an eternity studying fun-filled subjects like Fluid Mechanics and Machine Kinematics.
Now contrast this with a qualified Numerologist. He or she would have to acquire number skills to add up the digits in your birthdate and conclude that since the sum is three, and three is the number of Jupiter, you should add a "K" to the beginning of your name which would make the total 4 and now, since this is the number for Mars, you can eat all the chocolates you want without becoming fat.
Plus, as far as I can see, numerology requires no knowledge of differential equations.
I am planning to send my children to an Ivy league school for numerology. Harvard, perhaps. Or Stanford. Even Princeton will do. They had a very good professor of numerology called Einstein, though he's no more. But if my sons do their Masters in Clairvoyance as well, they could probably get coaching from Einstein regardless, and for free, too.
Anyway this is not about my children. It is about my parents. I'm grateful to them for having given me something to blame them for, at last.
Appendix - A primer of Numerology Theory
Numerology is the science of numbers and their influence on one's destiny.
The basic technique is to add digits up and keep adding them till they can't get added any further. This condition, as the great Isaac Newton discovered, is when they get to a single digit.
Thus, Newton's First Law of Numerology is as follows
"If you can't add them no more, draw conclusions"
A famous scientist and empirical numerologist named Karan Johar made the startling discovery that the appeal of a movie script depends on numerology and not whether or not that script makes sense.
The Karan Johar theorem of practical numerology states that
"The success of a film is directly proportional to the number of K's in its name"
Another brilliant theorist named Ekta Kapoor extended this theory to television and made this formal statement of what is now known to numerology students as the Ekta Kapoor Lemma to the Karan Johar Theorem, namely
"The success of a tele-serial is directly dependent on the serial's name beginning with a K." This was a startling discovery back then but now is an integral part of mainstream numerological thought.
While one could go on elucidating further, one fears that one's audience might not be up to the intellectual demands for this abstruse subject. One therefore decides to put a sock in it.
M.A.(Numerology), (Oxon), PhD(appearing)