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A long journey on road often brings out people’s story telling capabilities. And no story is more interesting than a “true” ghost story. Narration of someone’s experience with the other world is met with rapt attention and intense discussion afterwards. Often one “true” experience opens the door for other “true” experiences from others leading to a cascade of ghost stories. In no time hours and miles have passed.

This a different kind of ghost story narrated to me by a friend. Something that happened to her friend 🙂

This girl lives in Bombay and on a regular day she took an auto to go to a friend’s place. This friend lived in a regular Bombay apartment complex. So just as this girl saw her destination arriving she asked the autowallah to drop her off. He could not hear her over the traffic noise and continued driving. The traffic however slowed him down to a point where the girl, in great hurry, jumped out of the auto assuming the auto wallah would stop shortly. But the auto driver continued driving for a while, looked back at the passenger seat, saw no one and drove away like a bat out of hell shouting “Bhoot …….Bhoot”.

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Mayank and I used to go together for taekwondo classes before his knee injuries brought him down. He hasn’t outlived his usefulness as my taekwondo coach though. So when it was time for my first proper belt test, I needed my practice partner more than ever.

The morning before the test day:

Me: Fretting. I have to memorize the sheet that has the Korean names, words and meaning of what I have learnt in Taekwondo until now. When are you coming home?

Him: Go ahead. Also practice the forms, kicks and blocks. I will go over them with you at night. Remember you will have to break a wooden block tomorrow.

Me: What! I will never be able to do that.

Noon before the test day:

Me: Okay I have crammed the sheet multiple times. I also practiced all that I had to. When are you coming home?

Him: Good. Practice some more. I will come as soon as possible.

Afternoon before the test day:

Me: I have revised everything multiple times. What if I fail tomorrow? And when are you coming? I need you to go over my kicks, blocks and forms.

Him: Will be home soon.

Evening before the test day:

Him (surprised at the state of the house- the living room looked like a war zone) : What have you been up to?

Me: Nothing. Just cramming and practicing. Let’s have dinner.

After dinner

Him: Content and happy. Let’s watch some TV.

Me(Hovering in front of the TV) Are you doing anything important? Let’s practice for tomorrow’s test.

And practice we did till it was time for bed.

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