Nale Ba

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Nale Ba
come tomorrow
MythologySouth Asian folk mythology
Other name(s)Naale Baa

Nale Ba or Naale Baa (English: "come tomorrow")[1] is a popular folk legend which features prominently in areas across Karnataka. "Naale Baa" has been found written on walls of small towns and villages (Rural Bangalore) for years now. Villagers write this on walls to deter the entry of malevolent spirit into their homes. In some variations of the myth, the spirit is believed to be a bridal ghost who roams around the town in search of her husband. She is known to take away the man of the house who is often the sole earning member of the family, therefore, bringing bad luck to the entire household.

Naale Baa was an urban legend that went viral during the 1990s in Karnataka. The myth goes "a witch roams the streets in the night and knocks the door. The witch apparently speaks in voices of your kin so you would be deceived to open the door. If you open it then you will die." So the residents came up with a smart idea of writing "Naale Baa" outside the doors and the walls of their house. So when the ghost reads it and it goes back to come again the next day and the cycle repeats.


There was a renewed interest in her legend after reports of similar instances occurred in a village in Thailand [2] wherein healthy young men began to disappear right under their beds in the night.

Popular culture[edit]

The 2018 Bollywood film Stree, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkumar Rao, is based on the 1990s Naale Baa tale from Karnataka.


  1. ^ "Ghosts are important". Bangalore Mirror. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Village forces its males to dress up as women after five healthy men die in their sleep, sparking fears the GHOST of an evil widow is taking her revenge". Dailymail. Retrieved 27 February 2018.