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Bejan Daruwalla bequeaths legacy to GaneshaSpeaks

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai/ Ahmedabad 

Renowed astrologer Bejan Daruwalla has bequeathed his astrological legacy to web portal, GaneshaSpeaks as successors. Associated with the portal since its inception in 2003, Daruwalla has passed on his knowledge to its promoters.

Adept in astrology, numerology and tarot reading, among other things, Daruwalla said, "I have spent most of my life in astrology and I have acquired a lot of experience and knowledge. I wanted to leave this knowledge behind for the betterment of mankind and hence I have taught them everything that I have learnt," said Daruwalla.

With more than two million page views per month and about 30,000 telephonic consultations daily, GaneshaSpeaks currently clocks a turnover of Rs 10 crore annually. With its expanding access across telecom networks and associations across the web, the company hopes to touch a growth rate of 50 per cent by next year, a company release stated.

Talking about the development, Hemang Arun Pandeet, managing director and chief executive officer, GaneshaSpeaks said, "With a turnover of Rs 10 crore, GaneshaSpeaks represents 40 per cent of the 65 million web based astro business which has about 4-5 players and approximately 30 per cent of the 75 million telecom based astro business which again has about 4-5 players. This is just a tip of the iceberg as far as the entire astro business is concerned.

According to Pandeet, the total size of the astro market is estimated at $ 8 billion. "We aim to be the number one astro portal globally in next 5 years and plans are afoot for a massive ramp-up. We plan to hire 500 more astrologers to staff our existing call centres; and for the new ones we have planned," he added.

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First Published: Thu, November 26 2009. 00:31 IST