I am Kathakali Mandal and I am from the city of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Before I begin the story, I should like to inform that I was born and raised in Hindu faith and I have an open mind towards supernatural happenings.
My grandmother passed away three years ago from renal failure. She was 77 and was lucky to have suffered from her ailment for just 15 days. After cremation there was a period of 15 days after which her last rites were performed. On the third day after her cremation, my aunt who lives with her husband and three children in the outskirts of the town, woke up at the wee hours of the morning from the front door banging hard. Now, they are slightly reclusive people and, according to my aunt, was especially not seeing anybody because they were in mourning. Also, a call at 2 in the morning was unnatural enough for her. She woke up her eldest son and took a torch and cautiously opened the door hatch a chink to see who it was. There was no one standing outside. She raised her voice and asked loudly who it was and if they are trying to play a prank. When no one answered, she opened the door and took my cousin outside to inspect the gate and the vegetable patch. It was deserted, everything was quiet and it was a cool breezy night. They came back inside, incredulous because everybody in the house had heard the banging. As soon as she had shut the door behind her, my aunt was momentarily shocked by the immediate resuming of the banging and thudding, this time more loudly. It was like someone wanted to come inside really bad. My aunt stood stunned for a moment and then decided to open the door again, this time with the Holy coin on lakshmi - ganesh in her hand. The thudding would not cease for a moment. She locked her family in one bedroom, clenched the coin tight and quickly opened the door.
What she later explained to us was that it was a figure that appeared to her very briefly like a flash of lightning. It was grandmother, standing on her doorstep, for one fleeting second. Before my aunt could scream, she was gone. They remained awake for the rest of the night praying fervently. Grandmother never came back again and until date my aunt believes that she did not mean any harm to either my aunt or the family, she was only there to see my aunt one last time.