Dear friends,

In June 2016 thirty-two year old Indian ‘paranormal investigator’ Gaurav Tiwari lost his life at home in Dwarka, Delhi, India. His death could not be explained satisfactorily by the doctors though they said he had died of asphyxiation. His partner had found him unconscious in the bathroom with black marks round his neck.


Gaurav had visited and studied more than six thousand haunted places and was believed to have communicated with ghosts. A month before he died he had apparently told his wife that he was being pulled by some negative force but was trying to control it.


We may never find out whether his death had a simple scientific explanation or whether there was really some inexplicable force behind it, but the paranormal has always been an area of great interest all over the world. World literature is replete with stories of the paranormal, with ghosts good and evil, with ghost hunters – literal and metaphorical (Think Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, RL Stevenson or even the Ramayana and Mahabharata). That is how we arrived at the theme of our latest issue.


A great deal has happened since June. 2016 has indeed been an eventful year for everybody – extraordinarily so – with tsunamis in the shape of Brexit, Trump’s victory and Modi’s demonetization amongst several other world events having rocked the world, especially towards the end. People have been so caught up with the here and now and the sudden, seemingly insurmountable challenges of daily living that pondering over the paranormal or dealing with it seems to have become a task relegated to another lifetime.


As the year draws to a close, we realize that the real impact of these tsunamis will make itself visible in 2017 by and by. And so we brace ourselves for whatever challenges are still to present themselves. Yet, a new year is a new beginning. There is renewed hope. The sun will rise – as usual – tomorrow and the day after … and so must we.


From our entire team – have a fantastic new year.