Renowned Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla is Gone. Sunday Horoscopes Will Never Be the Same


Renowned Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla is Gone. Sunday Horoscopes Will Never Be the Same

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

As if a pandemic, cyclones, earthquakes and locust attacks weren’t enough, 2020 has inflicted another celebrity death that has left the country in mourning. World renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwala died at a private hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday evening at the age of 89.

There was speculation on social media that he had contracted coronavirus, which was denied by his son Nastur Daruwalla. Apollo Hospital confirmed that Daruwalla was suffering from pneumonia and died during treatment. A practising Zoroastrian, Daruwalla was also a self-proclaimed Ganesha devotee.

Among his milestone predictions were Prime Ministerial victories including that of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Morarji Desai and more recently, Narendra Modi. “Narendra Modi’s Moon and Mars are together. Moon is for popularity and Mars is for energy. The combination of two makes him a winning material. For all these reasons, Narendra Modi will win the game,” was his prediction ahead of the 2014 polls. The astrologer apparently even predicted the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi’s accident and the Bhopal gas tragedy, amongst others.

Tributes poured in from fans and friends alike. “Saddened by the demise of renowned Astrologer Shri Bejan Daruwalla. I pray for the departed soul. My condolences. Om Shanti…,” tweeted Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.

CNBC Anchor Mangalam Maloo mentioned that he would love to read the Sunday horoscope. “It never mattered whether it was right or wrong. I’d read it just for his style,” he said.

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje conveyed her condolences to his family in this difficult hour.

Editor of Ahmedabad Mirror, Deepal Trevedie shared screenshots of her conversations with Bejan Daruwalla in the past and pointed out how he was a chirpy young soul and full of life.

“The brightest star of Indian Astrology, he inspired generations to have a vision into the future without failing to enjoy the present to the fullest,” said IPS officer Dipanshu Kabra.

Harper Collins India stated he would be greatly missed, and that they were proud to publish his annual forecasts.

Senior Editor for TV9 Bharatvarsh, Nishant Chaturvedi shared a video message on Twitter, where he spoke of Bejan Daruwalla’s last prediction. Asking him the million-dollar question of when we would be rid of the coronavirus, the astrologer predicted that there would be a vaccine or some sort of relief by September but things will get better slowly. He also had an optimistic outlook for the country, saying India would be one of the strongest countries in the world by 2025.

In a year full of uncertainty and despair, we could have used his foresight and cheerful attitude to get through these difficult times. His quirky style of writing horoscopes in the Sunday edition for newspapers will be dearly missed by all. Rest in peace, Mr Daruwalla.