though I had written enough both in Hindi andEnglish for thirty years before writing for the
. Once Dr.Raman wrote to me that he wanted to publish my articles continuously which hedid.In Vishakhapatnam, I was moved when the great Madhura KrishnamurthyShastri, the Sanskrit scholar and great researcher in astrology, paid a rich tribute inTelugu, to Dr. Raman recalling how he had put Indian astrology on the world stageand created so many writers some of whom are famous now nationally andinternationally.In 1985, when I was posted as Accountant General, Orissa, an office withmany problems, Dr. Raman had written to me a letter that he had decided toentrust the responsibility of the
to his daughter, Gayatri. Iwas not surprised as Gayatri had by then contributed many fine articles to the
, unlike the other children of Dr. Raman who contributed oncein a while and not on astrology. Dr. Raman had said that he had put the “burden of the
on the young shoulders of Gayatri”. It did not surprise meas she had proven her astrological ability for more than six years by then. Hername started appearing on the
since then as joint editor withDr. Raman remaining as the editor.
The further promise Dr. Raman took from mewas that I would contribute articles as regularly as I had done till then.
I knew that Gayatri was working hard to keep up the excellence of the
as all the requests for articles through letters and telephonecalls came from Gayatri since 1985 and never from Dr. Raman.We had heard Dr. Raman speak many times with his slightly indistinctaccent speeches which some Indians even could not understand. Many Americanfriends told me that they had found it difficult to understand when Dr. Ramandelivered speeches.In 1983, when I first heard Gayatri speak at Bangalore, I told Dr. Raman thathis daughter was a better speaker than he was because of a very distinct, clear andreasonably slow tempo of her speaking. I heard again in San Francisco in 1994 inthe ACVA conference, now as a more mature and experience astrologer speakingwith incisive astrological logic. It was then that I got her horoscope and
saw theconnection of the ninth and tenth houses the promise of carrying on the legacy of her father
Better still in Jaimini where her Amatyakaraka connected with the tenth lord aspects her ninth house.
(I have not taken her permission to reveal her horoscope.)continued writing very regularly for the
till 1990 afterwhich I had more time, since I had retired, to write books. But by then,Gayatri had blossomed out as a mature editor, though still a joint editor.I had examined Dr. Raman’s horoscope in 1985 to see why he had taken thatdecision. In Vimshottari dasha it was the
dasha of Mercury
the fifth lord for thispurpose and the antardasha of Jupiter second and eleventh lord in the tenth house.