Th’ ghost fa walks.

the ghostHave you read  Nancy Drew? She is created by Carolyn Keene, but Carolyn Keene is a ghost…Nancy Drew was created by Edward Stretmeyer and various authors wrote the series, but they have a collective name..Carolyn Keene. This was my first exposure to ghost writing.

Of course the question here is about ghosts, the 12th century word, that emerged from Middle English gost, gast, from old English gãst, akin to old high German geist– spirit, inspired by Sanskrit heda — anger.

This could mean the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people, it could also mean a small amount or trace.

Ghost is the seat of life or intelligence.

Ghost is a false image in a photographic negative or on a television screen caused especially by reflection.

Ghosts are red blood cells that have lost their haemoglobin.

The ghost who walk, the phantom,,  the ghost writer and the ghost rider they all exist. Yet, I don’t believe in ghosts, but then lot of people are colour blind that does not mean colours don’t exist.

There is this ritual in among the Brahmins, of Udupi done on the 10th day after a person dies, it is called the dharmodhaka where each declares his relationship to the dead soul and releases the soul from that bond. To me it was always as if, it giving a closure to the living from that particular relationship. It might take us a while to put down, our gratitude and our grievances with the dead soul and move on so that the person does not haunt.

The libraries, fictional books on ghosts in the horror section and the non-fiction on between the biographies, after all biographies are the ghost voices they are the voices of the people who longer exist. Actually ghosts don’t haunt us. that’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them. People that we love become ghosts inside us, for that’s they way we keep them alive.

I don’t suppose we have to believe in ghosts to know that we are all haunted, all of us, by things we can see and feel and guess at, and many more things that we can’t.  In that sense we’re all haunted and haunting.

You know a secret, I know what exactly a ghost is, and it is unfinished business, that’s what.


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