Full moon above, I was sitting in a desolate cremation site deep in the valley, waiting for midnight. A bunch of dogs were howling at a distance, occasionally joined by shrieks of owls from the banyan trees above. I was cold, and a little scared. I am not afraid of living souls, but ghosts scare me — they say that at full moon, ghosts can possess the living.

I was carrying Sarvabhu’s talisman in my hand. I was sure that it would protect me. Sarvabhu is the supreme god of all living, dead, and in-betweeners. I clutched hard at the…

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Sheetal (Shon) Mehta is an author, entrepreneur and thought leader.

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