So to begin this event took place in Summer 2019 in England more specifically the Midlands. At the time of this story I was 15 (Male) and was with three other friends all 15 and male also. Me and 3 friends who I will call: James, Brad and Ryan for the purpose of this story were bored with nothing to do. Most of our friends had long gone inside and the time was probably around 6-7pm. We were near a small stretch of woods that was near a road and had a nice path to walk along with a stream. After walking and conversing for maybe 10 minutes we stopped at a bench to rest and just play some music and enjoy the last of the heat as the night began to draw in, not like dark but just around the time before sunset when the sky gets the nice orange hue.
After sitting and chatting for maybe 15 minutes with no sign of anyone else on the short trail an old couple come walking past us. The woman had a long skirt on (down to her shoes) and one of those old women's hats from like the 40's. I can't remember anything distinctive about her face except that she seemed maybe around 60-70 at most years old and very grey and dull in looks. The man seemed slightly older than the woman a cream shirt on, old jeans and work boots and a cane in one hand. They had their arms interlocked and seemed at most ordinary apart from the clothing and such which seemed quite dated.
We were sat on a small bench that could fit three people maximum on it therefore Me Ryan and Brad sat on the bench with James on the opposite side of the path sat on the floor facing us. Now just to point out which becomes somewhat important soon Brad is of Indian decent and the rest of us were white British. As the couple were to pass through us James had to bring his legs in to let them pass however the man seemed somewhat mad about this and almost scoffed as he walked by James. Understandably James what confused and a little offended by this and in a half assertive half joking way said "Alright mate no need for that". The couple seemed to ignore it and carried on down the hill now this is where things get creepy.
We brushed this off as an old man grumpy at the world trying to seem like hero to his wife and expected them to just move along but this did not happen. As they reached the bottom of the hill his head did almost a full 90 degree quick snap to face us and with the most menacing look in his face charged up the hill now the strangest part is a full 60 seconds had at least passed and now he was pissed? It made no sense like all of a sudden my friend's slight remark had clicked in his brain? He also dropped his cane much to his Wife's despair and walked almost double his previous speed UPHILL we were truly baffled and maybe expected a stern talking to and to an extent that's what we got from him at least the usual Old man stuff "You kids have no respect" and "You should watch out you don't know us I have grandkids your ages" ect and as quickly as he said all this he walked back down the hill retrieved the cane and began staring at us from the bottom of the hill alongside his wife.
Then this is where things took a drastic turn. The man then stood there almost huffing and puffing like an angry toddler and his Wife saw this as her turn to make the approach as he stood (for the whole time after this by the way) staring at us not blinking barley moving just staring, His wife made her way back up the incline and began speaking to us. She seemed even more delusional and even incoherent in the way she acted and spoke. Most of the stuff was the same as her husband until she took a huge interest in Brad. Remember how I said he was of Indian decent? She looked him dead in the eyes and said "You're different to all of these aren't you?" with an almost evil half grin Brad was taken aback and said "Sorry, is that racist?" She shot back almost instantly with a "Oh no no no, I just mean you're different you are the chosen one!" I know weird and almost cliché sounding right? At this we were all shocked and began shooting each other concerned and confused half glances and then she began waving into the trees behind the bench where us three were sitting her eyes frantically darting from point to point and waving almost methodically in motion as she exclaimed loudly and almost proudly "It's okay you don't need to watch them anymore" "It's fine you don't need to come out now you can stay there" at this we all turned around rapidly to see no one or nothing behind us and at that she shot Brad one more deep stare and started on her walk again. The old man had been staring the whole time they met at the bottom of the hill, interlocked arms and turned the corner.
We were all feeling all types of emotions now and really didn't know what to do. The woods on either sides of the path was thick. So thick in fact even teens couldn't enter it let alone OAP's so there was only one place they could've gone which was followed the path on. Ryan had the smart idea to see where they went so no less than 20 seconds after they rounded the corner we followed at an almost running walk speed and got to the end of the trail but no sign of them? At the end of the trail led to 3 directions left (into an alley and a shop with a dead end) right (onto the start of a busy road with nothing to see) and straight (into a cul-de-sack that also had a dead end right at the bottom.) Me and Brad went straight Ryan went left and James went right but you guessed it, They were gone. How?
We met up in disbelief and shock and confusion and everything inbetween.
The sun was now pulling in and we needed to make our way home and therefore that's what we did and on the way home was at least a 20-30 minute walk half paranoid we would see them again but not really flustered.
It's now been like half a year and we'd all forgotten about these people and never seen them again but after reading some of the stories and here and similar places and hearing them on YouTube it reminded me of that evening and I thought you guys would like to hear it. Thanks for sticking this far and If you have any ideas or questions please leave them in the comments!
New Delhi, 2021.
Finance Minister, on Tuesday, released the Union Budget for the fiscal year of 2021–2022. The budget is significant, the Indian economy is now worth $11 trillion and about to attempt its first manned mission at great cost of $10.8 billion.
Finance Minister began his budget speech by acknowledging the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The budget being significant, speech was made longer. The minister spoke at great length about the plans that are to come and annual financial statements in a 146 minutes long speech.
Statistics for the fiscal year 2020–2021 were released. Indian economy which crossed $11 trillion mark, now stands at $11,101,242 million. Economy grew at the rate of 6.34% in the last financial year, which is down from the 7% rates gained in last few years but enough to keep the economy running. Revenue collection stood at 14.43% of the GDP, which in numbers is $1,601,909 million. Table 1. Statistics of the Indian economy, FY 2020–2021.
|Gross Domestic Product ||$11,101,242 million |
|Growth rate ||6.34% |
|Revenues of the Centre ||$1,601,909 million |
|Revenues as percent of GDP ||14.43% |
After the government was criticized for increasing defence spending, the budget for FY 2021–2022, stood at $197,228 million. Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis estimates India to be among the highest military spending nations on wholes, after China, Russia, South, Saudi Arabia, Sierra, Midlands and Great Lakes. Table 2. Component–wise breakup of the Union Budget.
|Component ||Budget Estimates in millions ||Percent of the Budget |
|Defence Services ||$197,228 ||12.31% |
|Non-Plan Expenditure ||$620,982 ||38.77% |
|Plan Expenditure ||$807,715 ||50.42% |
|Deficit ||$24,015 ||1.50% |
Government's continuous efforts to reduce subsidies seems to be working. It's perhaps the first time that the Plan Expenditure
has had more than 50% share in the Union Budget. Table 3. Component–wise breakup of the Non–Plan Expenditure.
|Component ||Budget Estimates in millions |
|Interest Payments and Prepayment ||$91,197 |
|Subsidies ||$197,210 |
|Grants to States and UTs ||$77,452 |
|Pensions ||$95,794 |
|General Services ||$90,508 |
|Social Services ||$27,553 |
|Economic Services ||$26,912 |
|Grants to Foreign Governments ||$1,861 |
|Others ||$12,495 |
In light of the recent crisis in Central Asia, government has decided to increase Afghanistan's aid by about $300 million to $400 million. The $300 million additional aid to Afghanistan will be wired at immediate. Table 4. Component–wise breakup of the Plan Expenditure.
|Component ||Budget Estimates in millions |
|Central Plan ||$638,681 |
|Central Assistance to States and UTs ||$169,033 |
Central Plan's been increased aggressively to finance government's major infrastructural projects, including the Indian High Speed Rail Network. As with past years, major programmes under Central Plan are as follows:
Indian Council of Agricultural Research researching advanced yielding varieties with core focus around helping the Indian farmers.
Atomic Energy, Industry and Research: a detailed report was submitted to the Parliament.
Make in India
Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor
Nirbhaya Fund for Safety of Women
University and Higher Education: for the higher educational institutions under the Centre.
Technical Education: includes the premier universities of India, including IITs and IIMs.
National Clean Energy Fund
Rural Electrification – Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana
National Highway Authority of India
Development of Water Transport Services: tasked with development of waterways of India, got its budget bumped up to $4.74 billion.
Kakinada Shipyard's first phase has been completed, the connectivity of high speed rail to Kakinada is expected to play a major role in shaping up the regional shipbuilding industry. A detailed report on the expansion of second phase will be released at a later date. Additionally, three more upcoming ports and shipyards have been chosen for upgrades. Government has had strong beliefs in India's maritime capabilities and has sought to revive its rich maritime history.
Few years back rising military budget brought the NDA–led government under scrutiny from opposition. In order to encourage transparency and emerge as an open and data–sharing establishment, the Indian government released its official numbers on budget of Indian Armed Forces. Table 5. Breakup of India's military spending.
|Component ||Expenditure in millions ||Percent of Budget |
|Personnel ||$18,987 ||10.13% |
|Operations and maintenance ||$70,431 ||37.57% |
|Procurement ||$49,655 ||26.49% |
|Research and development ||$32,259 ||17.21% |
|Construction ||$4,461 ||2.38% |
|Other costs ||$11,650 ||6.22% |
Lion share of budget is being spent on operations and maintenance costs, which is nearly the same for all armies of the world. India's spending on R&D spending and procurement is among the largest in world, making the Indian Armed Forces among the most rapidly growing modern military.
Finance Minister announced revamp of education policy of the country which is in discussion, he's claimed Prime Minister Modi himself to be working on the education policy. Aim of the new proposed education policy is to provide quality and truthful and logical education to children of India. Textbooks of mathematics, history, etc. are to be revised.
The speech ended with the clapping of desks in the parliament. Prime Minister congratulated the Finance Ministry, Arun Jaitley, for his efforts. After the session was adjourned, the ministers had the usual halwa ceremony to mark the Union Budget.
In recent months, Finance Minister has expressed hope on further rate reductions to help boost the liquidity in economy. Raghu Rajan, the Governor of RBI, has hinted on possible rate cuts. If the rate cuts go through it could open up range of possibilities for the Indian industry, easier liquidity has been much demanded by the Indian industrialists. A rate cut would be a definite positive for the economy.