Arjun Madhavan - the Protagonist of my up-Coming Thriller-Murder at Thampuran Kotta

A 'no' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or worse to avoid trouble -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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I am thoroughly excited to reveal the protagonist of my upcoming thriller -Murder at Thampuran Kotta, as part of this year's A2Z marathon-the first of its kind I have ever undertaken.  His name is Arjun Madhavan--a familiar name among Malayalam speakers.  The first post would suffice to present him before you, not a hectic introduction.  Then the remaining twenty-five posts to complete the rest of my novel or up to where they take me. 

This is my second author endeavour- the first is an e-book titled, Under the Bakula Tree, published on a contemporary woman story and a short read--a sisterhood taking root under the patriarchy is the subtitle.  

Three-fourths of the thriller I have covered.  It was a group expedition, I reckon, sailing through unfamiliar terrains and calm waters --at times, my characters, and other times, I led it.  It made me grasp the character's strengths, weaknesses, and nuances and the course they want to pursue.  Whether we have done justice to each other in the journey we covered and in what remains is something time will prove.  I Should wait until I conclude the last line of my first draft to sense whether I made my characters breathe useful lives--the journey we made was a cosy one to retain it or jack it up.  

When I promised to reveal my protagonist, I honestly had no idea what it entailed--and my readers' expectations.  If I have disappointed you, please bring it out to assist me.  I intend to throw light on his profession and hint at his traits, quirks, and conflicts using brief narratives.

Ok, fasten your seat belt and get ready for the ride.

9 August Friday, 2017, at 10.00 pm, Arjun sits in his room alone, pondering he will remain there or join those in the living room.  His in-laws pass them on their visit to their elder daughter living in Dubai.  Their nosy behaviour makes him uncomfortable-- like a suspect--police relationship.  They don't know that respecting others' privacy is the best way to maintain good relationships. 

In the living room, his wife and in-laws--keep the TV noise above the allowed decibels - he should face the neighbours the next day.  Then their frenzy of laughter at TV characters' whimsical quacks breaks his ears.  

Then his wife.  He never presumed that a women's perspective would be a test in life until he stepped onto the threshold of marriage.  Not that he tries to curtain her freedom and independence you confront in relationships--she cannot make an independent opinion about anything to be a contributing companion in his life.  Her nagging mercurial reactions to matters match her with a child. 

She is eager to show her parents that they have a picture-perfect family life--he is not for an act.  For her parents, her bragging is sweet to the ears.

At that confusing moment, his phone rang, 'Sir, a murder is reported at the station... a young woman." SHO, Gomathi Thomas from the station.


"At Chempoli."    

"Coming." That was un-anticipated.  He realised that would give her wife and in-laws a chance to accuse him of putting duty before family, but he is a 24/7 law and order officer.


Circle Inspector Arjun Madhavan stepped into the lobby of his duty station at thirty-eight minutes past ten.  Met the people waiting to meet him with the murder report.  The first thing he should do is visit the murder scene.  And he prepared for that by organising the best team to assist him in that. 

"Sir, this case isn't ordinary," Gomathy Thomas detailed about the death report at the station.  "Haven't faced such a sinister situation in my entire life."

She substantiates her argument--"None of them who came to report the murder was a family or a relative of the murdered woman, could give her details, not even her name."

"Are you suggesting it's just a hoax?"

"No, they heard about a body lying murdered inside a shack and a woman weeping loud from inside." 

'A shack at Chempoli?" Chempoli is a super-rich suburb.  All-important members holding political and economic positions in the district lived there--a shack that existed there among those palatial bungalows was something that didn't make sense to Anand.  And now a woman got murdered in one of the shacks.

Should he call off this trip or continue?  He must continue --that is the call of his duty.

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  1. He must continue! Love your introduction for the character. He seems a promising officer. And yes, a officer is always 24/7.

    1. Thank you for loving it and showing the promising comment.

  2. This looks like an opening of an interesting story! I am very excited as I am a hopeless lover of good crime novels!

  3. An interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, for the interest and please do read the coming pieces.

  4. Wow ! This is very interesting !

    1. Thank you, for the interest, a tonic for going forward.

  5. Murder in a shack in a super-rich suburb... Good beginning.

    1. Thank you for the appreciation, now I should keep the tempo.

  6. A thriller is brewing for sure. Wonderful start with Arjun!

    1. Thank you. Wish to maintain the spirit of the start :)

  7. That's a good start. I'm intrigued by Arjun

  8. I am late in reaching out to your blog, but none the less equally intrigued by Arjun.

    1. Thank you Neerja. Never mind about reaching late. In this writing marathon of the month, you found my post. That is indeed great. Please do reach out to more posts :)


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