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In the of things spirit

First-time authors usually choose to write sappy love stories,crime-drama-thriller-action genre fiction novels or self-help books.

Written by Rohan Swamy |
July 29, 2009 4:33:45 am

With her maiden book on paranormal happenings,Dr Mehra Shrikhande aims to unravel mysteries of the unknown

First-time authors usually choose to write sappy love stories,crime-drama-thriller-action genre fiction novels or self-help books. But for debut writer Dr Mehra Shrikhande,the unknown and the paranormal was a topic that she had chosen to visit as an author almost 21 years ago,when she first began researching for her maiden book,Paranormal Experiences-Beyond the Realms of the Unknown.

“Well,actually it’s close to 29 years if you include the time taken to compile and edit all the stuff that I wrote,” Dr Shrikhande laughs. “I began researching way back in the early 80s after reading Dr Raymond Moody’s book,Life After Life. More importantly,as I am a doctor by profession,I had the opportunity of interacting with patients who spoke to me about their life-threatening encounters,near death experiences and the rest. Slowly,I also began interacting with people who communicated with spirits and had seen or felt ghosts. It was hard to have an unprejudiced opinion in the early days but I managed to broaden my vision as my research grew.”

Speaking about her medical background and its influence on her writing,she says,“Yes,as a student of medical science we are taught to rubbish such claims about visions and paranormal happenings. But there were questions to which I really found that neither science nor religion provided satisfactory answers. The answers to them actually lie on a very thin line that divides science and religion and I have tried to tread the same through my book.”

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She says that she has not had any personal experiences of ghosts and goblins. However,she has come closer to understanding her own self,her apprehensions and her struggles with the real and the paranormal,while researching the book. “It deals with subjects of the astral plane,spirit photography,ESP,spirit possession,exorcism and a host of such other unexplained phenomenon,which I have tried to explain in the book,” adds Dr Shrikhande.

As far as reading the book is concerned,she says,“It’s true that some of the people closest to me did support me whole-heartedly in my endeavours but most were skeptical. Just for the record,I do not wish to reinstate superstitions and false beliefs into people. It’s only that through the book,I wish to bring forth the fact that both religion and science need to take a look at the possibilities that are around and undertake research about the reasons for the same.”

“Writing on such a topic helped me in many ways. I figured that the only way in which a person can understand everything that is unknown is by experiencing it. During the process of writing,I became much calmer,more spiritual and also changed my philosophy of life. Also,after undergoing past life regression,my relationship with my own family improved. But most importantly,I lost the fear associated with death. The book has given me many positives,through its research and its writing,and hopefully it will do the same for the readers too,” says Shrikhande.

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