Mar 15, 2011

Interview Experience and Two Ghost Tales


Before going to Bangalore to attend a conference last week, I had a plan to post two ghost tales, which were very popular in my region in Kerala. I don’t remember, how many times had I heard these two tales with slight modifications from many local human sources and also there is no count for how many people had heard those two tales from my own mouth.

But while on my two days trip to Bangalore, NRI Girl, a popular blogger mailed me asking my participation in an ongoing interview series that she conducts among her Blogger friends. Being a blogger, who, during the last two years, produced some posts, which were received well by my good Blogger friends, I was also considered by the NRI Girl as an eligible candidate worthy to be interviewed by her. Here is the link to the interview in which I answered to some of her nice questions. Thanks to her for giving me an opportunity to explain the reason for my interest in blogging.


Here are the horror stories as promised. In the first one, a man was walking in midnight through the isolated country sides after watching the second show from a theatre in town. In Kerala, you can see at least one town associated with a village in most of the areas, and thus the whole Kerala state is counted by many as a semi-urban settlement.

While walking to home, he met a guy. Since our man was alone, he thought about walking in the company of the other chatting something so that none of them would feel the boredom of travelling alone in the night. At a point, the fellow traveler took out a cigarette and match box from his pocket. While trying to light the match stick, the match box toppled and fell on the ground. Seeing this, our man bent down to help the other to get the match box. While picking up the match box from the ground, with a shock, he noticed the feet of his fellow traveler. His feet were actually those of a buffalo. 

Horrified, our man soon escaped from the spot running. After covering many furlongs, he saw a person wearing a dhoti walking at a distance. He ran to him and tried to explain what had happened between him and his fellow traveler,

“There…there...a man...the buffalo-footed man…”, he said while panting heavily.

The other one watched him with inquisitive eyes. With a mysterious smile, he raised his dhoti a bit and asked our man,

“Didn’t his feet look like mine?”

Our man looked at what was the new person pointing and with a chill in his heart found this new person also had the feet of a buffalo….!

Ok, now the second tale. It was a moon-lit day and two fellows were travelling on a jeep in the midnight time. On the way, they had to drive through the steep hair-pin roads that went uphill. When took a new curve, they saw in front, a woman with a new born child, waving at them. These guys stopped the jeep and inquired her how was she left alone with her child at that late night time. She replied that she lost her way and requested a lift on the jeep till the forest ends. 

They agreed and continued driving with her and her child at the back seat of the jeep. After travelling a few more distance and covering some more dangerous hare-pin curves, they heard some noise from the back seat. One of them turned back to see what’s the source of the noise. With a startle, he saw the woman with a horrid look, with viscous blood oozing through the edges of her mouth, was eating her own child sitting at the back seat.


The police inquired about the mysterious case of the mother eating her own child and came up with some interesting findings. This hilly region was where some illegal activities like prostitution and woman trafficking used to take place during the night time. The child eating mother’s was a story fabricated by the criminals behind the illegal activities to stop the night time journeys through that area.  

20 comments:

  1. heard that first story from my granny hell lot of times :P

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  2. The first tale is scary and ends abruptly.

    I like the explanation given for the second tale. :)

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  3. I have heard the first one and it still scares me. But the second one, not too scary....I am from Thrissur, currently living in Thiruvananthapuram...Loved reading your post....

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  4. How come I have never heard of this two stories inspite of being an ardent followed of Horror stories...

    Believe it or not, I have had my share of a hell lot of horror story listening and narrating...hehe!!! Trust me, I love them...but then just hope they are not true and doesnt actual happen to me any day...

    Do read one such story that used to make rounds among College Goers years back in our city...
    http://jzt4me.blogspot.com/2010/01/son-can-i-have-lift.html

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  5. Scary tales but the second...hats off to the smart criminals for using the greatest fear the mind knows...good post. :)

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  6. Hi Tomz,

    Very interesting post. I enjoyed the ghost stores.Short and sweet but very interesting.
    Best wishes,
    Joseph

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  7. I had heard some versions fo these stories.
    In all our traditional ghost stories,the ghosts are often lovely looking,who entice men!

    I came through NRI girls blog, and will come often.

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  8. First one I have heard but in different version. Second one is new for me. And the explanation of the story is true. :)

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  9. @vandy

    what? the story which I thought to have originated in Kerala was already a well-known one to grannies in Jammu..? wonderful!

    @Nona

    Its just a tale..so it ended abruptly..

    @Shalet

    So the first story is well known in trichur also..? the same version..?a guy from Kannur also told me the same opinion, but in Kannur, the feet was horse's

    @JZt4me

    I'm happy, at least in ur area, that tale is a new one..so i told u a new story rite..

    @Rachna

    Aren't u scared?

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  10. @rekha
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    Truly, u said it! Why cudn't those intelligent guys have used those abilities fr good causes?

    @Joseph

    Thank you Mr. Jospeh.

    @Dr. Antony

    thats a correct point..only good looking women generally appear as ghosts..

    Perhaps, man's passionate inner self might have created them beautiful..

    thank u..keep coming

    @Chandrika

    Can u tell me ur version? what was the change?

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  11. regarding interview... it was really nice n simple one by you...
    and the stories here i found really scary.....

    (BTW sory for being late here at this post, i genuinely wanted to be here earlier but somehow i missed it)

    Best wishes,
    irfan.

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  12. Yikes. I hate the second one! Nice blog!

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  13. Creepy stories! I was just wondering, though, why the criminals would invent a story so horrible that it might keep potential clients away from visiting their "ladies of the night"? It would seem that they are shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak.

    Loved your interview. You are truly a smile-maker.

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  14. @Irfan

    Thank you very much irfanji..anyway u made it here at last..i'm happy with that..

    @Jyothi

    Hmm..did i scare u?

    @Walk2write

    Oops..I never thought about it in that way...perhaps the potential clients themselves might have fabricated such a story so that they wouldn't get disturbed by the new clients..

    another possible justification is that there were some drug dealings or things like that..they come and they do the commerce under the safe security of such a horror story..

    hmm just trying to escape from that intelligent finding of u.

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  15. Ghost stories and horror movies always amuse me. I get a chuckle out of it :) Hope your interview went well.

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  16. Wonderful and interesting post. I liked it very much.
    Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

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  17. Since you said in the beginning..ghost stories.suspense was gone:), otherwise nice ones.

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  18. Hi Tomz, I saw you on NRIGIRLS friendship tree and wanted to stop by to say hello. I've enjoyed my visit and its been lovely to meet you. Thank you for such an interesting post, it is amazing how many of these stories cross religious, cultural and social divides. Best wishes PW (I'm the hedgehog on the tree).

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  19. @Insignia

    Oops..so ghost stories do not scare you? That means this post, which i intended to scare people, has no use?

    @babli

    After so long time..what made u away from blogger for this long while?

    @Renu

    Well..when i heard these tales first, they said they were going to tell a ghost story. The suspense was broken, but still I had a chill in the heart. so, i thought even if people knew that i was going to tell a horror story, people would be scared..thats the magic f horror stories, or human heart..

    but what about you. after a long long gap? what made u away from blogger?

    @Pretty Witter

    Welcome pretty witter..ur interview was one of the unique ones..we were asked you to guess the interviewee..but i dint have the fun, because we were strangers..

    I am happy to be introduced to you..thank you come again..

    i am also overjoyed to visit your mesmerizing blogging world..

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