Sunday, January 24, 2021

Scary story: India’s own Bloody Mary (Part II)

About three months later… Mita’s spirit was back for bloody revenge, and with vengeance, it petrified the entire village. The spirit had to be tamed as it was getting powerful by the day…
Yes! Mita’s spirit was back seeking bloody revenge and, within a short period of return, it petrified households in the entire village. Whoever looked into the mirror would receive deep scars on their faces. Its rage became more intense as the days passed by.

A tantrik (occultist) in the village had predicted that unless weakened, the spirit would become powerful every day. And, it had to be tamed. Otherwise, it would go out of control and the whole village could face devastation.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Scary story: India’s own Bloody Mary (Part I)

So what does Mita, a girl, do if she is born in a male bastion at a North Indian village and cursed right from birth till death? She would obviously look for bloody revenge … even if it comes after her death.

Deep inside a remote Rajasthan village lived a farmer by the name Jhingru, who was 45 years old. He had two daughters Asha and Lata, who were 10 and 7. Jhingru wanted a third child and longed to have a boy this time.

Villages in rural parts of Northern India like Rajasthan are usually male bastions. And in this region, the birth of a girl is not really a reason to celebrate.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Horror story: The killer hotel room

There was a hotel by the name Hotel Safe Haven on the outskirts of Kolkata. Though the hotel was a decent stay, it was far from being a safe haven. Hotel Safe Haven had an ignominious reputation: Whoever stayed in a particular room on the second floor would be found hanging the next day. A traveller from Kanpur, Bimlesh Trivedi, had arrived at the hotel to stay there for a night. Upon hearing the rumour associated with the room, the fearless Bimlesh tried to unravel the mystery. So, did he live to tell his tale?

Bimlesh Trivedi, a leather merchant from Kanpur, had come to the City of Joy Kolkata for the first time on a business trip. He was to stay for a day in the city and leave for his hometown the next day.

Bimlesh, who was in his early forties, had gone to the outskirts of the city (near his place of business) in search of a hotel and called a friend, who suggested to him a decent and economical place nearby by the name Hotel Safe Haven.

Horror story: Call of the Nishi

This story is about a Nishi bhoot or ghost. So, what is a Nishi bhoot? This is a type of a ghost found mainly in India’s Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar. This ghost will call you at 3 am, sounding like your father, mother, a relative or a friend. If you answer the call or Nishir Daak, you will be hypnotised by the evil spirit and never return to tell your tale. A Nishi can call you only thrice and if you do not answer, the spirit cannot harm you. But if you do so, the Nishi will lure you to a desolate place and you will never ever be found.

Anuj and his sister Mita were city lads going to spend their summer holidays at a small town Memari in West Bengal’s Burdwan district, where their maternal uncle Biraj lived. The fact that Anuj was going to a small town didn’t really excite him. But what did were the rumours associated with it. 

Anuj had heard from his mother Shyama and other relatives about an evil force or a Nishi bhoot (or ghost) that roams around the town at night. It gives a call and if the person responds, he is in for big trouble.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Ghost story: Well of Death (Maut ka Kua)

In this Rajasthan village, if anyone went near this Maut Ka Kua at night, he would never return to tell his tale. City boy Hari also visited the place at night. So, was he also sucked into the well like the others?

In one of his assignments, Hari had to work in a remote village by the name Bandipura, in Alwar district of Rajasthan, on behalf of his NGO. He was in a project to assess the village population and literacy rate.

It was early February 2020 when he arrived at the village in the afternoon and was housed at a modest dak bungalow. In the evening, he took a tour of the village and ventured further into an area which had many dilapidated and abandoned structures and some abandoned houses. But since it was getting dark, he decided to head home.

Man who wanted to marry a 'ghost'

Harish went to meet his aunt Mala, who he had not seen since his childhood, at a village in Uttar Pradesh. He falls in love with a woman there but what stops him from marrying her — was she really human?

Harish, who is in his late 20s, had gone to a remote village by the name Arara at Balia district in Uttar Pradesh to meet his aunt Mala, who he had not seen since his childhood. 

It is one of the nondescript villages in the district, grabbing little attention from the authorities. As a result, the village had stayed still for decades and has seen very little development. In the evening, some areas are dotted with electric lamps but most parts remained in the dark ages, literally. Even Mala stayed in a cottage that had two dimly-lit bulbs.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Weird ghost story: Meeting Meera

Hari has a weird tale to tell after his official visit to Bastar district in Madhya Pradesh, where he meets Meera and her family. But was she actually a spirit?

My friend Hari is an active member at an NGO, which works for the impoverished. His job involves going to villages and small towns to look after and implement development projects. 

In one of his assignments, he happened to be working in a remote village in Madhya Pradesh’s Bastar district, whose name he doesn’t even remember. Well, kind of a village that would be a horror story writer’s paradise.