The Friday the 13th ‘ghost walk’ in Mumbai was sold out but the intrepid Khaki Tours team has organised another one on April 14 by public demand. The #GrislyGirgaon walk (9.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.) begins at S K Patil Udyan and is a long walk in the haunted lanes. (Price: Rs 799 per person; students and senior citizens Rs 400 each.) They have a shorter walk #BallardBolt at 5 pm on the same day, starting at New Customs House, which involves walking through the Edwardian London created by the Port Trust (General: Rs 499 pp; students and senior citizens Rs 250 pp.)
If you’ve ever wondered why Friday the 13th—that’s today! —is considered unlucky, there are several theories. One involves the Last Supper but an early documented reference in English also occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday 13th. The story goes that he regarded 13 as an unlucky number and Friday as an unlucky day, and as it happened that was the day he passed away too.
In 1907, Thomas W. Lawson’s novel Friday the Thirteenth may have contributed to the superstition. The story is about a wily broker who creates a panic on Wall Street on this day.
What The Khaki Tours ghost walk and Edwardian London
Where Girgaon and Ballard Estate
Time #GrislyGirgaon (9.00 – 11.30 p.m.); BallardBolt (5 p.m.)
Price Rs 799 and Rs 250 respectively (discounts for students and senior citizens)