“Come little parrot, pick up a card for our esteemed customer and show them the secrets of their future” he instructs the parrot in Telugu. His singsong voice makes one believe he has power to predict the future as his parrot picks up a tarot card. Shiva Kumar is fortune teller and reads what is awaiting in your future by reading the tarot card his trained parrot picks up.
From the past nine years Shiva Kumar has been sitting on the footpath next to Pedda Amma Guddi in Jubilee Hills and has been reading the fortunes of devotees and residents since then.
Originally from Maharashtra Shiva Kumar says he belongs to a family which is blessed with the sight and his forefathers were fortune tellers too. His profession earns him Rs 51 per client and upto 8 people come to him per day. He says he does not care for money as he is very happy doing what he does. On lean days he goes to the temple to eat the prasad to quench his hunger. He knows one day even his son will follow his footsteps.