YSG readers! This is my first submission here and hope you enjoy it. The following incident was my first experience of the paranormal/unexplained.
At the time of this incident I was in my early teens, now I am originally from a district headquarters called Pudukottai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Pudukkotai is approximately 90 kilometers from the city of Trichy/Thiruchirapalli. I am settled in Bangalore, state of Karnataka, and used to visit my native Pudukottai every summer and winter vacation for the purpose of spending time with my maternal grandparents.
Now a little information about me, I am 24 years of age at this moment, and am a medical student, never believed in the paranormal and superstitions as I am very sceptic by nature. I come from an orthodox Christian family and am a firm believer in my religion. One self thought concept that I have is that when there exists the power of good (God) there surely exists the power of evil!
Back to the incident, now in order to travel to my native place, we usually travelled by train from Bangalore to Trichy overnight journey and then left for Pudukottai by either bus or by hailing a taxi direct from the train station.
At the time of the incident, I had already reached my native and was expecting the arrival of my younger sister. So my grandparents and me hailed this taxi the driver of which is very well known to the family as he regularly drives for us. He is an elderly gentleman, maybe in his mid to late sixties. He is a calm and friendly man who has the experience of driving taxis for approximately 30-35 years. We left our home very early in the morning, I think around 2 AM not sure exactly, in order for us to receive my sister and bring her back.
A thing I have to mention here is that the Trichy-Pudukottai travel takes place via a national highway and midway there are a few small villages apart from which it is just barren wasteland covered by bushes and trees.
The onward journey to Trichy was uneventful and I even dozed off for a bit midway. We reached Trichy, picked up my sister and were on our way back home. My sister and the grandparents were sound asleep as they were all tired, and since I was accompanying the driver in the front and because of the refreshing nap earlier I was wide awake and enjoying the cool night air and making small talk with the driver. We were midway in our journey back and if you are familiar with these parts you will know that the highway is not especially well lit by street lamps or whatever, we just had moon light and the cars headlights that lit up the road in front of us and a little bit of the big trees on either side.
There is a certain stretch on this highway that always gives me the spooks because the trees almost completely envelope the highway from above and it is almost pitch dark as the moon light is obstructed by the foliage. We were travelling on our merry way at a speed of about 60 kilometers per hour, and it was about 4 AM at the time. So there were no people to be seen and only the occasional car or truck that either overtook us or passed by us from the opposite side. As I was chatting with the driver I didn't really notice the road ahead of us much and for a moment the driver had a curious look on his face, so I followed his gaze and found this faint outline of a person standing by the side of the road, maybe about a hundred feet away.
As we approached closer, I could make out that it was a woman dressed in a plain white sari (an Indian traditional attire). She had her back towards us, long flowing hair and her arm outstretched onto the road as if signaling for a hitchhike. I felt sad for this woman and suggested to the driver that maybe we could offer her a lift, and he was mumbling something about there is no space for her in the car and that we probably shouldn't. When we were maybe 20-30 feet away from her she calmly walked out onto the middle of the road and stood there as if to block our path and she still had her back facing us. At this point I panicked that we might hit her with the car at our current speed so I was repeatedly telling the driver to slow down and even started to pull on his sleeve.
By this time the drivers face was almost pale and he had a look of fear and was chanting something and started to really alarm me by accelerating hard! I was literally yelling at the driver to stop and trying to hold onto the dashboard to brace for the impact with the woman! And at the moment we were supposed make contact with the woman's body with our car, something I still find a bit hard to explain happened, it was as though we drove right through her! There was not even a slight bump felt by us in the car, I instinctively turned back to see what happened through the rear window as the driver continued to accelerate away, to my shock she still stood there! Bang in the middle of the road! Right at the spot where we just drove through! But her back was now facing us again! And she still had her arm outstretched. I was a bit speechless and and confused, and repeatedly yelled at him for not stopping the car and even though I knew in my mind that we drove right through her I told the driver we could have killed her.
All this while the driver continued to accelerate and had his complete focus on the road ahead! He never turned to look at me or even answer my repeated questioning of him. After a while I calmed down and just gave up trying to ask him anything and kept silent, about an hour later we were almost home and the sun just rising on the horizon and the driver pulled over at a small shop for some tea and a smoke, this was in one of the small villages I mentioned earlier. I got down to stretch my legs and for some well needed tea.
During this time the driver came over to me and put his arm on my shoulder and smiled, and then asked me to not tell anyone else about what happened. I agreed on the condition he explain himself. He said... "Son are you sure you want to hear this sort of thing? It is disturbing and better not spoken about". I said I could handle it and he started to explain. He said " never ever stop for ANYONE on a highway at such unearthly hours! What you saw back there was no human! It is an evil creature! No human jumps onto the road in front of a speeding car and you yourself saw how she passed through us! I have seen and heard of such evil for a long time in my various years of driving and many men especially truck drivers fall as bait to these evil things when they stop their vehicles for these women like figures only to be found dead after a few days far away. You are still an innocent boy and I am sorry for not listening to you at the time but this had to be done."
I silently nodded, we finished our cup of tea and continued our journey and within 20 minutes reached home. I was silent through out the rest of the journey partly because I was shaken up by that event and partly because it dawned on me that the driver was right and I had witnessed something of a horrible paranormal nature! The other three fellow travelers of mine finally woke up when we reached home! They knew nothing about what had happened and were happily talking to each other! I never told them the events that transpired that day, and only shared it with a few friends who thought it was a vain attempt to scare them. Only the driver and I know the truth...
In my later years I learned that the people of Tamil Nadu have a name for the entity I witnessed, they call it mohini pisaasu... Pissasu means devil. These entities are infamous for luring young men to their deaths.
Thank you for reading and I apologize for any grammatical errors if any, I will post another experience of mine when time permits.
God bless and take care.