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India, TIMES, 3 October 1954, page 1
800 Biharis See Flying Saucer
"The Times of India" News Service
flying saucer was reported to have been seen recently by
about 800 people living in three adjoining villages in Manbhum,
Ijapada Chatterjee, 60-year-old manager of a mica mine at
Kadori owned by a Calcutta business man, Mr. S. N. Ghose,
told "The Times of India" News Service here to-day
that he was sitting in the verandah of his house on the
afternoon of September 15, when he saw a disc-like object
descending about 500 yards away.
came out from their huts to see the strange sight. Shaped
like a saucer, it came down to a height of about 500 feet
above the earth making a sound like the whirring of motor-car
engine. It hovered for a few minutes; then, suddenly, the
two sides seemed to get inflated. This was followed by what
looked like smoke billowing from the two ends. Immediately
the object soared upwards at an incredible speed.
Chatterjee said that the object was about 12 feet in diameter
and dull grey in colour. At the centre of the side visible
to him was a black patch that resembled an aperture. "As
it soared upward, there was a tremendous gust of wind which
caused doors and windows to rattle," he said.
the people from the adjoining villages of Borsi and Mangalda
also said that they had seen the same object. A sadhu of
Mangalda, after seeing the object, was stated to have warned
the people to stay indoors as the object was "something
mine where the saucer was sighted has supplied berylium
for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Chatterjee is in Calcutta on a business visit.
India, TIMES, 12 October 1954, page 1
Flying Saucers Over Bombay
BY SEVERAL PEOPLE
By A Staff Reporter
people saw flying saucers in the southern and northern sky
of Bombay twice during the last five days.
D. G. Joshi, a business man residing at Agre Wadi, Vithaibhai
Patel Road, said that he was relaxing on the sands at Chowpatty
on Thursday night last. At ten minutes past midnight, he
saw a luminous flying disc, moving at a terrific speed across
the sky from Colaba to Dadar.
first I thought it was a falling star; then I knew that
it was something else as it did not follow the downward
course towards the earth.
was approximately one foot diameter. Its centre was jet
black, but it emitted a glow at the circumference. Its rear
portion shone brightly and it emitted what appeared like
wreaths of fire."
Joshi said that the saucer traced a straight course, its
speed was terrific, and it left no smoke or sound, vanishing
in the northern sky within a second.
least a hundred people saw the flying saucer without knowing
what it was, Mr. Joshi said.
science student of St. Xavier's College, Mr. Michael Jacob,
18, residing at Sussex Road, Byculla, also claimed to have
sighted a flying saucer, at 12:35 p.m. on Monday while he
was taking a stroll outside his bungalow with a friend.
described it as a "sparkling disc of the size of a
crown coin which swept across the northern sky and disappeared
in a second.
Jacob said that the saucer was extremely high and he was
amazed that it could be visible in the bright light.
India, TIMES, 17 October 1954, page 1
Thais See "Devil Disc In Sky"
"U.P.A." & The Times of
India" News Service
of citizens of Bangkok and Thomburi watched a bright object
moving slowly tens of thousands of feet overhead from noon
to 6 p.m. yesterday. Today's morning papers put out banner
headlines reading: "City excited over devil disc."
U.P.A. correspondent who watched the object for half an
hour said: "It has a pinprick light like a planet's
- it was not twinkling like a star but was glowing. The
object moved slowly across the heavens. It was an absolute
movement because I checked it with the clouds."
Admiral Charoon V. Vunnag, Chief of the Naval Meteorological
Department, said that the Department observed the phenomenon
but could not identify it yet. He added that he had received
a report from Korat, in North-Eastern Thailand, about this
same phenomenon ten days ago.
India, TIMES, 18 October 1954, page 1
'FLYING SAUCER' OVER BOMBAY
By A Staff Reporter
luminous object in the sky attracted the attention of thousands
of Bombay's citizens on Sunday between 7-45 and 8 p.m. The
disc, of the size of a star, was red in colour and speeded
across from west to east at a great altitude.
described it as a "flying saucer" and others stated
that it was a shooting star. Meteorologists were unable
to explain the phenomenon.
India, TIMES, 20 October 1954, page
Meteorologists Scan Sky
By A Staff Reporter
saucers" have been seen over Bombay so often by many
people in the past few days that the phenomenon has passed
from the realm of popular speculation to scientific examination.
have been pouring in at the weather forecasting office at
Santa Cruz and at the Colaba Observatory from those who
had seen "flying saucers," and meteorologists
are now scanning the sky to make their own observation.
persons who have written to the meteorologists in response
to an appeal made through the Press state that the phenomenon
lasted a few seconds, but there are some who say that it
lasted from 10 to 15 minutes.
are inclined to think that some observers had mistaken meteorites,
moving aircraft and balloons sent up by the Meteorological
Office for "flying saucers."
the description of the phenomenon observed on Sunday evening
distinguished it from any likeness of a meteorite. According
to observers, an orange-coloured object had been seen moving
from north to south.
are of extra-terrestrial origin which are somehow drawn
into the earth's gravitational field. They move with high
velocity through the upper stratosphere and get heated to
emit incandescent light.
sometimes leave unusual glow for a few seconds in the atmosphere.
They are otherwise known as shooting stars and their colour
is blue, white, yellow, green or red on occasions.
India, TIMES, 22 October 1954, page
To The Editor, "Times of India"
- On the evening of October 15 at about 7-30 I saw in the
sky nearer the northern end of the Milky Way a cluster of
stars appear from nowhere and shoot across the whole length
of the Milky Way, towards the south, and finally disappear
in the direction of the present position of Mars. During
its speedy transit the cluster appeared to consist of about
six or seven stars interlocked in the form of a necklace
by a nebulous shining matter.
stars of the cluster were shing with varying unsteady intensity.
Its speed was that of an average meteor but unlike it, it
did not burst into a final flash before fading. If this
be the same phenomenon described as flying saucers, I am
tempted to attribute it to an astro-celestial origin. I
can only say that the cluster shot through the empty space
between the Milky Way galaxies and the voids outside the
Bombay, October 16.
The Editor, "Times of India"
- More fortunate than your staff reporter, I saw not one
or two but as many as seven flying saucers yesterday evening,
between about 7-30 and 8 p.m. trailing the southern skies
from west to east at intervals of a few minutes. They no
doubt looked like red stars even as an ordinary lamp will
appear from a great distance on a dark night. They were
not as bright nor travelled as fast as shooting stars.
can "fly" his "saucer" for a few annas.
(A kite is flown in good breeze after dark. When well on
its way, a paper lamp with a lighted candle inside it is
tied to the leading thread. The thread is cut when the lamp
is carried up by the kite - and a flying saucer appears
in the sky! So yesterday's flying saucers over Bombay was
nothing but "kite-flying".
Bombay, October 18.
India, TIMES, 25 October 1954, page
FLIGHTS OF FANCY
By PATANJALI SETHI
fever has spread. After it having infected Americans, Europeans,
Australians and South Africans, the "mass hallucination
mania," (as the uncharitable describe it) of seeing
glowing cigars and shining saucers in the air has invaded
India. Like all mass infections, this latest "weakness
of the mind", which imagines things that are not, is
worse than suffering under the tutelage of a master hypnotist
who drugs people and controls their minds through the powers
of his eyes.
A Mica Mine
800 people in Manbhum recently saw a dull grey disc-like
flying craft, about 12 feet in diameter, hovering over a
mica mine which supplies berylium to the Atomic Energy Commission.
After a short "survey", it soared up into the
heavens at an incredible speed. This was followed by the
reported sighting of flying saucers over Bombay, twice in
five days, by people in different parts of the city.
we can expect another outburst from some of our self-conscious,
"morally" inclined leaders against the "vile
thoughts that make me see cigars" (which are but the
conscious expressions of the sub-conscious desire to inhale
smoke from the weed known as tobacco). We might also be
condemned for imagining saucers, because "they are
mere expressions of the thirst for a brimming cup of overflowing
us forget the moralist for the time being and turn to things
more factual. Are flying saucers really the result of people's
over-active imagination? That is what most politicians in
the U. S. have maintained. Even scientists of some repute
have abetted the authorities in asserting that there is
nothing like a flying saucer, except in man's mind running
into flights of fancy.
may be an easy way of debunking what the mind, limited by
present-day scientific knowledge, fails to comprehend; but
it is hardly convincing when we consider that over 30,000
incidents have been reported, where hundreds of sane, right-thinking
people each time claim to have seen flying saucers. So many
people from all over the world cannot all be mistaken. They
cannot all be suffering from hallucinations.
India itself, in 1838, the appearance of flying saucers
was reported, when there appeared a flying disc with a long,
glowing orange appendage. Then again in 1849, on October
17 and 18, for two full days, an army officer at Bangalore
saw through his telescope a stream of small dark objects
race across the sky. The procession continued for both the
days. One of the discs was studied closely and it had an
exhaust appendage like a modern jet plane.
is only in the so-called modern era. There, however, has
been much earlier mention of the saucers, in the Ramayana
and the Mahabharata. Termed as vimanas in Sanskrit
literature, they were said to be of various kinds and designs,
some small for one person, some large like palaces, others
used as weapons of destruction. All this goes to prove that
it is time we stopped being surprised at flying saucers
and cigars, and accepted their existence.
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