India: Miss World in trouble with astrology

“Manglik” Aishwarya Rai
“Manglik” Aishwarya Rai

When one of the most beautiful women in the world gets ready to marry, curiosity is running high. In case of Aishwarya Rai , one of the top most Indian actresses and former “Miss World”, people may be a bit disappointed though: the chosen one is just an ordinary mud pot! Seriously, the lady is going to have a full-fledged Hindu marriage with priest and parents and pujas and all the rituals and ceremonies, just to become a mud pot’s wife. That is a proposal of her astrological advisers, as you may have guessed, and since beauty does not prevent gullibility (and obviously even her university education did not help much), she is all set to succumb to it.

Of course, the story will not end there. The young widow – because the poor bridegroom will be brutally broken into pieces before the marriage is consumed – will soon proceed to her second wedding. Actor Abhishek Bachchan is already in the queue. And that will then also be her last one, if the astrologers are to be trusted. Ash, as fans fondly call her, is a manglik , allegedly born in a special astrological constellation that is spelling misfortune for her potential husband. “In her horoscope, Rahu is placed in the 12th house which signifies marital problems”, says Pandit Sridhar Pandey in the holy city of Varanasi , who had the great ideas with the mud pot and is performing all the pujas that Ash and the rich and famous Bachchan family have to undergo these days.

If a man, who is not a manglik himself, marries a manglik woman, he is risking his life, claim the astrologers. Indian newspapers use to have special advertisement columns “Manglik bride searches for manglik groom”. Still many manglik girls from devout Hindu families find it difficult to get married.