Akshai Sthalekar from Indian Paranormal Team claims to be investigating paranormal incidents for the past 7 years. Sthalekar’s team organises ‘ghost walks’ in Pune and Lonavla fairly regularly. In case you don’t know what it is, a ‘ghost walk’ is just like a heritage walk, only spooky. Paranormal investigators take you around places rumoured to be haunted hoping to catch some otherworldly phenomenon unfold before their eyes.
So Lonavla, on the outskirts of Mumbai and known to be a romance paradise in the monsoons and winters, is actually also equally close to the hearts of ghosts and suchlike. During one such ‘ghost walk’ in the hills of Lonavla, Sthalekar noticed something that defied scientific explanation.
It was past midnight and was a particularly windy night. Sthalekar and four other people had been travelling in a small car and had stepped out for a smoke. The team was at one of these Lonavla points frequented by tourists who leave a lot of waste like empty alcohol bottles, packets behind.
“The wind was blowing from east to west. Suddenly, an empty beer can lying on the ground was flung southwards at high speed, defying the strong currents of the wind. We returned to our car only to find that the wind screen had gone all misty, that too from inside.
“At this point, like it is a practice among investigators, we suspected something unnatural going on and asked any presence if it was there to make itself visible to us.”
By this time, Sthalekar and his friends had piled back into the car. Soon after there were two very loud knocks on the windshield, but no one was around. “And then suddenly, the car shook, like it was a tin of biscuits or something. We sat still and turned on our devices that indicate the presence of spirits and they started blinking frantically,” he recounts.
They also claim to use an app, developed by an American, which records voices of paranormal beings. “The recorder had the voice of a woman speaking in muffled Marathi. But it was all very scratchy,” he said.
Sthalekar proceeded to ask who she was and how did she die. The spirit answered him and said that she had come to Lonavla many years ago with her friends. “I lost her for a while and then she I heard her saying, she fell off the cliff nearby…”
Sthalekar said that he wanted to ask a few more questions or whether she wanted ‘mukti’ (release) from this realm, but they lost her.
The shouting and shaking lasted for a couple of minutes after which things went back to normal.