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Indian Magician’s Ghostly Restaurant

The Times of India ran an interesting article recently called “Meet ghosts at a restaurant in Kolkata.” It was about P C Sorcar, a conjurer or magician, who’s planning to open a restaurant with ghosts, goblins and ghouls of every variety.

Don’t worry. The ghosts aren’t real. They’ll be members in his troupe who will wait on patrons while performing illusions at the same time.

“Imagine how it will be like if a waiter takes off his own head and puts it on plate while noting orders from the customer. Or if a ghoul springs up from the nearby grave and sits next to you. Or a goblin walks out of the picture frame and asks your name,” the master illusionist says.

It sounds spookily delightful doesn’t it? I know I won’t be heading to India anytime soon, but if you will be the restaurant is set to open in November, post-Diwali.

(I had to look up what Diwali was. It’s an official holiday in India, also known as the Festival of Lights, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil within a person. It lasts for five days and is celebrated on a different date every year. It’s always sometime around October/November and has to do with the new moon. Something about falling on “the 15th day of the dark fortnight in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik,” according to

Okay, and if you think calculating the date Diwali falls on is mysterious, here’s how the article described where the restaurant will be located: “The restaurant is coming up on a secluded spot beside the National Highway-6, a few kilometres from Kolkata…” in Howrah.

I’m sure there will be more specifics once the restaurant is actually open. Sorcar plans to serve patrons seven days a week, serving them “multi-cuisine dishes,” and hopes it will become “a one-stop destination for tourists and local people” alike.

It sounds like a neat concept. I’d Jaunt there. I’m hoping if it’s a hit there, a variation might hop overseas here somewhere…somewhere I might actually have a chance of jaunting to!

(But if any of you end up going, I’d love to hear about it.)

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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