Delhi hits upon a hip how-to solution: the school of scientology

New Delhi, June 15 Find out what’s keeping you away from your desired goals: four hours cost Rs 980, reads a poster in a sprawling house in upmarket Hauz Khas Enclave. And that includes a book. One of the brightly coloured varieties decked on shelves in the reception, one presumes while waiting to meet Horst Tubbesing, executive director of Delhi’s centre for scientology.

Ever since its inception here in March 2002, scientology has slowly been spreading its wings, with 1,700 active members and over 12,000 people who have attended lectures, bought books or visited the centre. Scientology in Delhi, however, is broached far less as a religion than for its multitude of self-help courses. Says one practitioner (name withheld), “I’m not a scientologist. I don’t even know what that means. But its tools work for me.”