A fabulous Hotel chain, an astrologer and a success story turned bitterSaravana Bhavan. This name spells magic in Chennai. The only "go-to" restaurant of the upper middle class ( never go in if you don't have two thousand rupees for a good breakfast for four people), was the brainchild of a single man called Rajagopal, who started just a small hotel by the same name, decades ago.
It has been documented that he never felt bad for all initial losses. The standard was too good and the customers started coming in. In thousands. His empire grew beyond India. To the USA, Singapore, and the UK. And a few other countries.
This ten thousand crore chain ( according to trade sources) has enabled a personal worth of Rajagopal to touch five thousand crores. He should have been satisfied with his two wives. But some stupid astrologer suggested to him that he should re-marry a particular girl, the daughter of one Asst. Manager, employed under him. This rather beautiful girl already had fallen in love with one Prince Santhakumar and married him. Rajagopal threatened him to keep away, as he wanted to marry his wife!! Sadly, Rajagopal was made to believe that his business empire would grow by leaps and bounds if he married her.
Prince would not buckle under pressure. Rajagopal hired goons to kidnap and murder Prince, in 2001. The trial court give a ten-year sentence to Rajagopal. This gentleman went to High Court, which revised the sentence to a life sentence. On appeal, the Supreme Court has now upheld his life sentence.
This is a big lesson. Never believe any astrologer. And never ever fall for any woman, outside of marriage. A fabulous hotel chain now has its owner, who has to cool his heels in jail, starting July 2019.