Thursday, October 11, 2007

that new year's eve...

This happened on new year's eve. We were on our way to a friend's house whose birthday it was on the 31st. So we thought of celebrating her birthday and also bringing in the new year at her place and then going out to hit the celebrations in town later in the night.

On the way, hubby halted the car to buy some flowers for the host and while I waited, a little snub faced kid tapped at my window and pleaded with me to buy a balloon. Hubby got back, saw the kid, opened the back door and told him to drop all his heart shaped red balloons inside the car. The jubilant kid ran off with his earnings. We agreed no kid should to be selling balloons at traffic signals on new year's eve.

As we started off again, hubby kept adjusting his car seat. I noticed him quirming and stiffening but didn't mention it. As we reached the friend's place, they looked down from the 11th floor and waved. I got out, looked up and waved too and then signalled for someone to come down and help with some of the party stuff we were carrying in the boot.

I walked ahead while hubby followed and another friend rushed down to help. As I hugged the host and another friend at the door, she kept looking behind me.

"Where is she?" she asked.


"Your friend?"

"Who friend? Oh, my Delhi friend...? She couldn't come." I remember mentioning that I'll be getting a friend along.

"Couldn't come? Then who is she?"

"Who she? Nobody's come."

"But we saw her getting out of the car!"

"Who? What do you mean? It's just M and me!"

"Jesus, what's wrong with you? I swear I saw her getting out the back door when you got out from the front."

After much screaming and swearing, we believed that, while hubby and I got out and waved at friends 11 floors up, they waved back at 3 of us. A smartly dressed woman in black, with straight long hair got out from the car too with us. They assumed that it was my friend from Delhi who was supposed to join us and didn't really think anything much. Only when we insisted nobody else came with us, then did everybody stare at each other white faced.

I still think back and wonder what actually happened that night and if some lonely soul really took a ride with us, first sitting behind and pushing the car seat and then disappearing to some other party once we reached our destination.


Anonymous Gaizabonts said...

wow! you seem to be pretty calm about it - sounds spooky to me!!!

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...


1:15 AM  
Anonymous Shini said...

oh man! I got goosebumps reading this!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Sangita said...

Seemed like a prelude of spooky novel :-)

3:42 PM  
Blogger Unmana said...

This seems downright spooky!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Mukta said...

This is my favorite spooky incident! Write about that also - that one about the girl in the medical hospital. that's a very good one as well!

7:43 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

ohhhhhh.....subah subah darra diya!!! :-(

11:11 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Geez Anu, that was really really scary!!! Seriously... eeee

12:29 PM  
Blogger Alapana said...

Visualized the whole situation and ohhh, damn scary:(( itna kyon daraathi ho yaar.

5:43 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

gaizabonts: Am I calm? I remember freaking out that day... but so many things happened within 24 hours that time that I think this got a little lost!

ash: I know.

shini: That was not the intention :)

sangita: Not writing a novel, I assure you.

mukta: Medical? I am blank!

stone: You prefer night? :)

melody: I guess so... since everyone is telling me!

alapana: More than scary I think it's strange for nobody actually knows what happened...

12:32 AM  
Blogger poonam said...

and you didn't tell me this story when we met the next day?! i am pretty freaked out too. looks like the little balloon boy had a smart dressly mother or aunt, looking for a free ride. jeez!

2:51 AM  
Blogger asuph said...

You've been tagged. Please "pick up" the tag, if you can.

12:56 PM  
Blogger asuph said...

I realized I was being a bad guest: I should at least read the piece I was commenting (even if to leave a tag). And I wish I hadn't. :). This is spooky. I'm not buying any balloons anymore.


1:02 PM  
Blogger Rocky said...

Wah - "Ghorial aru aitar sadhu kotha." - ekhoni kitap. Bor bhal laagil dey. Log palu ghorialor mokhor pora purakoi sunim. Logot thakibo modropan aru gahori.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Cuckoo said...

Ohh that's so freaky !!

12:53 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

poonam: Must be must be!

asuph: Thanks. Will take it up soon.

rocky: ketiya? ketiya?

cuckoo: I realise it is indeed.

11:53 PM  
Blogger upsilamba said...

please tell me, anu, that you made this up.

7:56 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

upsilamba: I swear I didnt :)

7:43 PM  
Blogger Priyanka Mahanta said... spooky! It gives me the jitters...!!!

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Sachin said...

Hi, I always am confused whether I should believe in the supernatural or not. Sometimes I am sceptical, sometimes I have a strong feeling it does exist. Incidents like this that happen to sane-minded individuals like you prove the latter.....

Still have shivers running down my spine!! Can just about imagine that scene.....

12:04 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

priyanka: Isnt it so?

sachin: First thanks for trusting I am sane minded. Yes even I feel the same. But try to not delve too deep into it for my own good.

6:03 PM  

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