To bust ‘myths’, Kalyan man spends birthday at crematorium

Times of India | 6 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 11:34 am

To bust ‘myths’, Kalyan man spends birthday at crematorium

KALYAN: A man in Kalyan celebrated his 44th birthday at a crematorium to bust myths and fight superstitions associated with such places. Gautam More from Mohane village in Kalyan was joined by his family and friends, including senior citizens and children, in the celebration at Mohane crematorium near Ulhas river on Saturday night. More, who is into travel business, also campaigns against superstitions prevalent in the society. He said he chose a crematorium to celebrate the special day in his life just to send out a message in the society against various superstitions associated with crematoriums and many other blind beliefs. More and other revellers cut a cake and had a 'biryani party' as part of the celebrations. More, a member of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, told TOI, "My family had advised me to celebrate my birthday at a hotel but I chose a crematorium so that people can know that there are no such things as ghosts and no untoward incidents happen if you celebrate at such places." Anand Shinde, a friend of More's who had joined the celebrations, said: "When More invited me to the party, I was initially in two minds because of the misconceptions about a crematorium being haunted by ghosts and other evil forces at night, but after I went there, I found that such beliefs were noting but misplaced conceptions."


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