THE HAUNTED ROAD
THE HAUNTED ROAD4 mins 232 4 mins 232
Kartik was highly excited about his trip to Jaipur. Through he was going on an official tour he wanted to make it a pleasant trip to the Pink city. He always wanted to visit the Hawa Mahal and Forts of Jaipur. His friends in Delhi told him in detail about Jaipur. The colourful dresses of the people in contrast to the dull sand dunes… The majestic forts and romantic palaces …. The folk artists performing dances during the sunset and moonlit nights of the desert…. The pleasant and cool evenings of Rajasthan….
Kartik wanted to reach Jaipur as soon as possible. He was driving down the highway. The Managing Director of his company suggested him to take a driver along with him. But being an expert in driving, he refused to take a driver. He was adventurous– A dashing handsome young man with lots of courage and confidence.
The highway is quite broad – Kartik thought. The traffic is comparatively more at night. He tried to keep left and drive at a moderate speed. Night driving is not a problem for him. “You know Kartik, you should reach Jaipur before night! Don’t try to drive along the highway at night!!” –He remembered the words of his close friend Uday, who is from a Rajput family of Jaipur. He could not accompany Kartik as he did not get leave from his office. Kartik remembered how he made fun of Uday when he warned him not to drive at night along the highway. “Don’t tell me that there would be a ghost ready to eat me on the highway!” –He laughed and winked at Uday. But Uday’s face became pale with fear. “You don’t know Kartik, what you told is absolutely correct. The passengers going at night along the highway are reported to see a lady on the road”.
“I see, what does she say? ‘Please take me along’ – isn’t it? I would be too happy to take her along with me. It would be fun to have a girlfriend in the Pink city!” – Kartik made fun of him.
“Don’t underestimate the words of the passengers, Kartik. Some of them are either on the bed with fractures following accidents or in the mental hospital. And you will be surprised to hear that most of the lonely drivers met with accidents and died on the spot!”-Uday warned him.
Kartik smiled to himself. There is nothing to worry about. I don’t believe in ghosts. How is it possible for somebody to roam around after death? The human body is either cremated or buried after death. In any case, it is incredible that the highway is haunted by a lady ghost. Let me see! I won’t leave her if I happened to meet her. He increased the volume of the music in his car stereo. Enjoying the cool breeze of the night, he calmly drove along the highway.
Suddenly an ice-cold wind touched his face. He shivered. ‘What is happening? I am not in Kashmir!’ He thought with a smile. A blue mist drifted along the atmosphere in front of his car. A sweet smell of some unknown flowers blossoming at night flowed into his nostrils.
He was surprised to see a cloud of white smoke rising from the roadside. Whirlpools of smoke rose and tried to touch the sky. One moment! He could see a hazy outline of a lady in front of the car. He tried to slow down. The lady is slowly approaching his car. It is as if she is drifting along with the wind. Kartik shuddered when he remembered the words of his friend. How is it possible? He tried to convince himself that it is not a ghost.
The lady came closer to the windscreen. Kartik could see her clearly now. She was a beautiful young woman in a bridal dress. She was wearing a red silk sari with which she covered her forehead. She was adorned with a lot of gold jewellery befitting a bride. Her hair was decorated with Jasmine flowers. Suddenly she came close to him and smiled. The smile was so enchanting that for a moment Kartik felt attracted to her like a magnet. He was in a trance…. All he wanted was to take her along with him.
All of a sudden, he hit himself on a tree and felt shreds of glass piercing his face and body. Blood was oozing from his wounds. He could not take his eyes off the beautiful bride. It was as if he was hypnotized by some unknown force. Gradually he lost his consciousness. Before drifting slowly into the world of death, all he could remember was the enchanting smile of the bride!!!!
“Oh, God! One more accident! This is too much. What is wrong with this part of the highway? After all, why so many accidents take place at the same spot? Is it really haunted?!” - Inspector Vijay wondered while he was trying to take out the dead body of Kartik. He noticed that a smile was still left on the lips of Kartik. It was as if he was so glad to go to the world of death. The world of ghosts and apparitions!!!! – The world of unknown secrets!!!!!