This would be my first post here. I am a true to heart sceptic and haven't seen enough proof firsthand to conclude the existence of absolute good or bad. With that said, I do try my best to elicit a response from the other world or other plane of energy, or the other dimension. Until today I still haven't got any concrete evidence to support the fact of the existence of any of these. This is going to be a long narrative but hang tight. It isn't very creepy. It just outlines my experiences with paranormal.
I was born and brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka. Being in the IT hub of India and a blooming city, I rarely have encountered ghosts, spirits or demons. This incident happened when I was about 11 years old.
My grandparents don't stay in Bangalore as they have a place in our native village in Tamil Nadu. My dad moved to Bangalore a long time ago and settled with my mom in Bangalore. My grandparents didn't like coming to Bangalore as they often couldn't bare the cold climate and also they missed their friends at their hometown.
My grandfather was a retired headmaster hence since when I was a kid, he used to help me with my studies. I was close to him due to the fact that he always was encouraging and kept my spirits high. I still remember few days when we kids (read as me, my sister and cousins) would make fun of him. But he had a smile that could brighten up anybody's day.
One of the trips when he was in Bangalore, he wanted to go to his hometown all of a sudden. He didn't say why. I remember him discussing with my father about this. My father tried to tell him that he will take my grandparents on Sunday to their hometown. But my grandfather didn't even listen. He said he has to go and that was that. My grandmother decided to stay back for some reason which I don't remember.
So the next day my father dropped my grandfather in the bus terminal and my grandfather went to his hometown alone. This was in 1996 so there were no mobiles and the only mode of communication with my grandparents was to call a shop which was opposite their home in their hometown. We got a call from the same shop just a day later. My grandfather had fallen down and injured his head and some of the people who knew him had taken him home and called a doctor.
As the medical facilities in the village weren't advanced, the doctor thought that he was in shock and didn't do much. It turned out that he had a haemorrhage and passed away the same night. Things that astonish me are 1) he was adamant that he wanted to go to his hometown. It had never happened in the past that he insisted like that. 2) He was alive until my father could make the trip there along with me and my sister. Within half an hour of us reaching there, his condition deteriorated. 3) It is a common practice to feed holy water from Ganges when somebody dies. When it was the end my grandmother was asked to feed the holy water to him. There was no pulse but when she poured the water, tears came out from my grandfather's eyes.
After all the ceremonies were completed, we got back to Bangalore. Things were ok for a few days; I got busy with my school and stuff. Almost 3 days after we got back, I entered the room where my grandfather's bed was there. I don't know why but I wanted to sit in the bed for some time. An overwhelming sadness came over me when I sat on the bed. I even ended up in tears and sobbed for a good half an hour. After that I felt the atmosphere in the room get lighter. I am not sure if it was me or it was a final goodbye from my grandfather.
To start out with the second experience, it was a fun game when I was young for few friends to get together and draw up a Ouija board and try to call spirits using a coin. It never worked and we used to end up laughing and having a lot of fun ridiculing our friends. But one of those days it was different.
This was around when I was 19 years old. I used to skip my tuitions and meet up with friends and enjoy with them. This happened in Bangalore and opposite to my friend's house.
The owners of the house had rented the house before and they had returned. They had two daughters who were very pretty and we used to play together in the same group. All the guys in the group wanted to be in a relationship with the girls. And I had tried my turn as well. But to no avail. We all were still friends and used to enjoy together.
We all planned to do a Ouija board session one day in that house. Only the two girls knew the story when this happened and what the Ouija revealed was really hard to believe.
Jumping right into the experience. There were 7 friends that day, and even the pretty sisters' mother was interested in the Ouija board session. We went to the terrace in their place and started out with the Ouija session. All of us tried one turn and nothing came up and we ended up cracking jokes and laughing a lot.
We were all ready to go but aunty (pretty sisters' mother) asked us to try once more. She asked me and one of her daughters to place fingers on the coin. We did and started it off. This time the environment changed a bit and the others were serious.
After this point, what all I am saying is what my friends recounted to me. We started as usual and we asked the spirit to come. Till this I remember everything. After this I entered some kind of trance. Not that I meditated a long time and all. According to my friends, I had pulled my hair in front of my eyes and closed my eyes. It seems my body was swaying also. And questions were asked and some replies were got. One question asked was what the name of the spirit was. It seems the coin was taken to the letter V and stopped there.
At the end of the session, I was still in the trance state, the girl who placed a finger on the coin let out a low wail and started crying it seems. And she was moving the coin all over the Ouija board we made. My friends got terrified and caught her hand and asked the spirit to go. After some deliberation, she came back to her normal self and I was awoken from the trance-like state.
I told the guy friends later what happened and that I didn't remember any of the questions asked. They didn't believe me. But finally they put two and two together. As I was not in my senses and didn't see any of the following happening, I don't believe it either. But the fact was Aunty had a son before the two daughters. He was dumb and deaf and hence was disappointed with life. He committed suicide in the same house and he jumped off from the same spot we chose to try out the Ouija board. His name was Vivek.
Although my friends told all this, I rubbished this and left for home. But on the way home, I blacked out for 2-3 sec and had to stop. It was like I was getting flashes of a face but I didn't pay any attention and headed home.
I was having dinner and watching TV. This time I blacked out for about 10 seconds. I don't have any medical issues due to which I could have blacked out. I don't want to say it was due to the Ouija session, but all points that way. That was the last time I ever tried anything to do with the Ouija.
Last experience was recent, maybe a few months ago. I moved to Singapore for work and everything was fine. I was talking to a female friend and we usually chatted for an hour or so. She was scared of ghosts, spirits, etc. I was trying to spook her out. It was fun. She told me not to talk about the paranormal and I didn't stop. The conversation went on and I don't know why, but I told her that I challenge any ghost, spirit, etc to slap me right then to prove their existence. But nothing happened right then.
When I was going to sleep that night, I saw that I had got four sets of pimples and usually when somebody slaps you, you get marks on your face. And I saw that the distance between the pimples were exactly two in a set and four such sets. Also, my face was sore. I don't say it is paranormal. It could have been a simple coincidence. I don't get pimples that frequently though and haven't got so many at the same time. I don't know what to make out of this. Maybe it's a sign that something is out there and I cannot see it. Still I stay a sceptic and until I get an experience I cannot deny, I will stay this way.
Thanks for reading through and comments are always welcome.