Things that go bump in the night…

…well not exactly…but here is my list of things that totally freak me out…I mean I’m normally a really calm person but these things usually lead to my heart beating double time and threatening to fly out of my chest; my mouth spewing out lots (and I mean LOTS) of foul language; and/or the very sudden appearance of red marks on the arms of the people in closest proximity to me…

In no particular order except perhaps the silliest to the most serious, here they are:

cartoon-44700_1501. The cursed C’s – Cockroaches and cows.ย I know most women are scared of cockroaches, so I am not going to explain my fear except to tell you that most often the nightmares that wake me sweating and screaming have cockroaches in them. <shudder>ย The first time there was a cockroach at home, my husband thought it would be funny to bring it close to me…boy was he surprised I could swear… ๐Ÿ™‚ and cows…I’m not sure why I’m afraid of them except that I am. I remember when I was in school, a friend told me that I have “nice soft brown eyes…cow eyes“. I’m sure she meant it as a compliment but I was very upset about it for a long while. That fear has only magnified over time…my husband laughs every time I cringe and reflexly move towards him when a cow passes by the car…

2. Psychedelic colours and pointy artwork. Are you beginning to laugh at me?? I can see the corners of your mouth turning up. But, what to do? They make me very very uncomfortable and when the two are combined,ย my heart races and I even get a little sweaty. I don’t know what it is about them…but they are SCARY!

3. Clowns.ย Does anybody remember that Hindi serial that used to air on Zee TV called “Woh“? No? Lucky you! I was too young to watch it I thinkclowns-56117_150 because although I don’t quite remember the plot, the show got me scared of clowns. Come to think of it, I doubt the storyline had anything to do with my fear. It was just the theme song that put me off clowns for good! Which brings me to my next greatest fear…

4.ย Music. Now don’t get me wrong…music is one of my greatest loves too…but I honestly believe, with all my heart, that horror movies are horror movies because of their creepy soundtracks. I mean I’m scared of white-faced-red-lipped-clowns because that horrible show had such a scary theme song! Every time I think of clowns now that tune plays in my head and my heart races. I probably could watch horror movies on mute without the slightest problem but with the sound turned on, I’d rather be curled up under my blanket.

stairs-113610_1505. Heights. My legs turn to jelly when I look straight down from a height and I have to clutch the railing a lot tighter just to assure myself I’m not going to fall. When I lived with my parents, it was on the sixth floor…in all my time there, I could never bring myself to look straight down…if on the off chance I did, I always felt sick. I am so glad that I live on the first floor now…Phew!

6. Unexpected phone calls….especially from home get me very worried. I try not to show it, but on the inside, I always dread that it’s bad news.

7. Being alone. I think this is my single greatest fear. I hate eating meals on my own so living my life by myself is definitely not an option. I doubt I could survive alone…I would probably wither away and die an empty shell of my former self it that was my fate. My other fears I think I could probably overcome somehow…but this one…this one seems a lot harder to get over if indeed I ever could…

What are your greatest fears? Do you share any with me?


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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12 comments on “Things that go bump in the night…

  1. Karan Shah says:

    Clowns freaking you out i a little strange

    you can check out my post here-
    Karan – Brother


  2. Diana Pinto says:

    I remember seeing Woh on Zee tv. It’s true that the theme song was scary. I share number one and six with you. I hate cockroaches. They look so creepy. Unexpected phone calls also scare the hell out of me.


    • Preeti says:

      I don’t even remember how long ago that show use to air on television but even now if I hear some one humming that tune I freak out a little….!
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. chsuresh63 says:

    A lot of that goes my heart pitter-patter too ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. mahabore says:

    What a list and what narrative abilities….one could clearly feel your fears in this post ๐Ÿ˜€

    As for me, darkness, complete silence and stillness, crazy thunderstorms are the ones that immediately come to mind when I think of my worst fears…


    • Preeti says:

      Complete silence…let me think for a second…yes…sounds threatening enough!!

      On a separate note…I have a question I’d like to ask you…how do I get in touch with you?


  5. woohoo! That’s something and I loove staying alone:) I dread unexpected phone calls and heights. As a teen, I was scared of girls speaking to me..lolz


  6. meenamenon says:

    You know when the phone rings anytime after midnight my heart goes on overdrive.. phew!


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