The astrologer

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Shastriya Kanapathypillai Nallathamby is famous in Batticaloa for his skill in predicting the future. People visit him for all manner of requests, from finding a lucky name for a newborn baby to locating a goat that’s gone astray. He’s so popular that even his lane is named after him. He explains what it takes to see what the stars have in store for you. Photography by Kannan Arunasalam

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