I was told that although all efforts had been made to get the script of my life, there could be some errors in interpretation.So, I had to answer yes or no to statements made about my life. When I replied Udupi, he said that had been accurately mentioned in his leaf.There have been numerous accounts stating that the practitioners of Nadi have an accurate method of telling all about the past, present and future of any individual.

If the interpretations were to be made in Tamil then it would be Rs.200 (~ $5, US), if translations were to be made it would be more.

It would be fifty rupees extra for audio tape recording.

The next question was whether I was a Brahmin or not.

When I asked what the leaf said, I was told non-brahmin.

Taking into account population explosion, the whole place should be chock full of palm leaves, but miraculously this is not so.

This could mean two things- either the ancients had the foresight to know as to who would visit the place and hence only the bio-data of those visitors would be available,or the leaves are preserved in some format wherein terabytes of data could be compressed and stored.On my travels with my friends, we happened to be passing by near where it was supposed that the ‘original’ Nadi leaves were kept- the Vaithishwara Temple near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu.I decided to look into this matter here, along with Rajendran and Murugan from the Tamil Nadu Science Forum.I decided to follow Rajendra’s contact’s advice and look for Shiva Swami of station road who was supposedly the best of the lot and would charge only Rs. When we reached the place at the entrance of the village there were numerous signs inviting us to the ‘original nadi jothidam’, ‘the one and only Nadi consultant’, ‘beware of touds’ [sic] (touts! On enquiring further, we found out know that the place was full of Shiva Swamis as it seemed to be the most popular name around.Thinking “a rose by any other name…”, we went to the nearest Shiva Swami. It was a toud who ended up taking us to this place despite our caution.Nadi Jothidam is the name of an ‘exact science’ by which all details about a person can be told by consulting palm-leaf inscriptions attributed to Agastya Muni, a very famous ancient sage from the South.