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The Azure Blue Honda City was Pulling Out of the Parking

  Letter Z- Azure Blue To read letter Y's story, click here . When Arjun reached the place, the Honda City was pulling out of the parking of the building.  Any vehicle repeatedly found on the premises of a building robbed cannot escape suspicion in the investigative mind of a police officer.  The same car is found the second time in the same place.  The scene continues from the previous one .   Sir, that Azur blue Honda City is parked in the same place.” Dev alerted Arjun.  He watched the CCTC footage in the building where a robbery happened the previous week. The same car, the same registration number. When Arjun reached the place, the Honda City was pulling out of the parking of the building.  Any vehicle repeatedly found on the premises of a building robbed cannot escape suspicion in the investigative mind of a police officer.  The same car is found the second time in the same place.  The car owner is someone he has seen before or has a sort of an appreciation in his mind is no

Rossy- the Mystery Woman

Letter Y-Rossy To read the post for the letter X, please click here . He stepped out of Jessica's living room.  Reaching the edge of the porch, he turned back.  She stood there watching him.   The scene continues from the previous one  here . “Sir, will you please be kind enough to visit my place? Remember the day you stepped into my home. How can I forget that moment—it was such a powerful experience that I felt, the memories of which flooded my heart and broke into the shore of my mind. Arjun stopped reading it. Who has sent it to him? Malavika! Never. There was nothing romantic in between them— he kept an attraction to her in his one-sided mind.  Jessica. It didn’t take time for Anand to recognise that name. Jessica Ramaswamy—the attorney, associated with the law firm of the Dominics Brothers. Arjun read the email message repeatedly. It is a trap.  The men played it well and got what they wanted—their attorney played a crucial role in that. Now what she wants from him

A Mix of Things Were Happening Around Them

Letter X- A Mix of Things To read the story of the letter W, click here . Some got lost in the nostalgia of the olden days—and wished for those days to come back. Now when they queued inside the bank to receive the money drafted into their accounts by their children employed in the West, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and all that alleviated their utter poverty, they willed and prayed for the return of the olden days. The scene continues from the previous one  here . To the thinking people in the society, the channel discussions that broke news, and the dailies fed them with wonderful stories from around the world, they got embroiled in a sort of passivity, and loss of direction.   The latest experience that dampened their reasoning power was the Chempolil murder case. A weird mix of things was happening amidst them. Some blamed the Western ideas- liberalism, and market economy— while they embraced the finished products that reached them and made their lives easier and filled w

The Case of Women Matters

  Letter W-Women Matters To read the story of the letter V, please click here. The women commissioner argued that she trusted the government took all the necessary steps to speed up the investigation.  In her view, the speedy replacement of the first investigation by the Special Investigation agency was a classic commitment to do justice to the victim. She pleaded to leave everything with the government and the systems to fulfil their responsibilities. The scene continues from the previous one here. There was an unusual pattern in the channel 36 discussion concluded so far—no woman was a participant in the debate.   They got excluded or declined the invitation, which no one in public knew. The omission raised criticism from various social circles, social media, and women's organisations.  On the fifth day, the panel included two women participants—one of them a lawyer-activist, a person known for taking a sensible legal stand on social and women's issues.  The second, she was h

His Vengeance

Letter-V- His Vengeance To read the story of letter U, please read here . DySP Manooj Kovoors’ presence gave much hope to the public, hoping to hear from him the truth behind the first term dropped from the investigation.   But all the hell broke loose as he started his statement that the mere intention was to derail the inquiry with the one and only one purpose to save the real culprits to the notice and protect them.    Flairs of anger and vendetta flue in the air. The scene continues from the previous one .  “I want to use the discussion to disclose these points to the point,” Manoj informed Arjun.   Arjan agreed with that. Manoj supported Arjun’s reluctance to accept the invitation to the panel talk.  The reasons he had pointed out were sensible and valid.  His honest disclosure could invite trouble for him.  He would suffer an internal hearing as an act of vengeance against him.   He is an influential officer, standing for the truth, making him fall from grace would have many ta

The Unknown Source

Letter-U-Unknown Source of Evidence To read the story of the letter T, please click here . The first team reached the evidential support to suspect a migrant labourer had vanished from the area just after the crime.  That doesn’t fit the logic and rationale based on further evidence that he had the motive or the ability to plan and execute the murder.   The scene continues from the previous post .  Can we disclose the victim’s dairy as a piece of evidence at this time? Manoj Kovoor accepted the Channel 36 invitation to participate in the panel discussion.  Instead, he was anxious to be part of it as an opportunity to clear the dirty air shrouding the reputation of the first investigation team.  It got just dropped from the scene, and no reasons to qualify that action.  Added to that was the incompetency of those who managed the matter relegated it to non-prominence. Ninety per cent of the evidence the special investigation team has used in the charge sheet submitted to the trial co

The Public Reacts to the Incident

The Letter T- The Public Reacts To read the story of S, please click here . Each day, the channel demarked aspects of the case mentioned for the discussion.  Included in the panel were personalities in the fields of law and order, the law fraternity, women, and the activist groups that played critical roles in bringing the murder case to the public domain from where it was allowed to die and perish.  The Canva Frame was used. Continues from the previous scene posted  here The Cempolil murder case took another round of uprising and another edge in the public domain as the visual, print and online media unleashed panel discussions, features and posts on the circumstances surrounding the Special Team’s submission of the Charge Sheet in the Trial Court. Channel 36 TV station included a daily discussion on their feature programme ‘Media Mirror’ with the title, ‘The Public Mind.’ How the public reacts to the various aspects of the progress, the case focused on the elements of the ST’s Char

Submission of the Murder Case Report

  Letter S- Submission of the Chembolil Murder Case Report To read the story of the letter R, please click  here . Some witnesses, who the police claimed to have corroborated with the material evidence, denied knowing the police version.  They held the view the police planted such pieces of evidence. 30 July 2016, The Special Investigation Team submitted the case report of the Cembolil murder case to the trial court at Ernakulum.   There was substantial media interest in the case.  Through their breaking news, interviews and panel discussions, the public got a clear idea about the matters contained in the crime report.  According to the report, the Bengali migrant labourer the investigation team nabbed from the deprived area in the Assam state of India was a loner suspect in the case. A disturbing thing since the news about the migrant's arrest got reported in the media was a considered part of the public was sceptic about it.  Their public protest had resulted in the authorities s

A Robbery in a Shopping Center

The letter R-Robbery   To read the story of the letter Q, please click here The police team headed by the SHO arrived at the building and witnessed the hacked doors of the shops and the selves wiped off the stocks and the displays.  The usual procedures of the evidence collection—photographing, fingerprinting, dealing with the CCTV images, and questioning the people living nearby followed. Continues from the previous here “A break-in in a building at ‘Perumbavoor’ Thampuran Kota Police station received an alert message in the wee hours of 16 August 2017. The building stood in the industrial area of the town, thickly populated by the natives and the migrant labourers who arrived from various parts of the nation.  The police team arrived at the premises of the building less than an hour after the station received the alert message.   The four-storey building, with a fa├žade of modern architecture, adds pride to the emerging developmental culture of the district.   Its ground floor was

An Entourage of Questions

Q—An entourage of questions To read the story for the letter P, please read here . An entourage of questions reared heads in his mind in seconds. The officer in charge of law and order in an area and responsible for protecting the people living there felt his personal life was a blank paper. Like the wheels of a vehicle goes into a skid, it spins around and does not progress forward. Used Canva frame Arjun felt so embarrassed about the system of parents deciding their children’s destiny by choosing whom they wed. Consequentially, the children develop the attitude of waiting for their parents’ decision for the family’s sake! If the children get romantically involved with the opposite sex and decide to marry the love of their life, they get punished as family outcastes for sabotaging the parents’ rights. Changes are happening these days—many youngsters decide for themselves whom they marry, and the parents come around if the children haven’t violated the caste and communal and economi

Book Review- Angels and Demons

  Book-Review-Angels and Demons "A breathless, real-time adventure...Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ." San Francisco Chronicle  "When a world-renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard Professor, Robert Langton, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared into the dead man's chest. His conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years--now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic Church." Taken from the book's blurb in the back.  Angels and Demons  Author Dans Brown- Bestselling Author of The Davinci Code Publisher: Random House, South Africa Year: 2000.   No. of pages: 620.  Dan Brown's bestseller Davinci Code was published in 2003--his fourth book.  Angels and Demons was the precursor to the Davinci Code published in 2000 and the first in the Robert Langton series.  The man who was stabbed to death was Leonardo

Our Life is Full of Possibilities

 Letter P-Possibilities  To read letter O's story, please click here . “What happened to me shouldn’t happen to you—I repeated that as a prayer inside me.  Hoped you would find a girl- your classmates or colleagues agreeable to you.  Your father played with us all our lives.  I was dreaming you never fell for his marriage proposal.  But I was scared to tell you, fearing for his reactions.” The scene continues from here .    “Then why did you say that?” “Our lives are full of possibilities.  We can also remain bonded to our past.  We choose to look for the possibilities or stay boned to the past.”  Arjun threw a skewed glance at his mother—she was talking like a philosopher.  She had always kept a gloomy face like someone who had lost their way on the journey and could not head off forward.   How has she transformed into her present form showing strength and glow? “Your father is an incapable man, unable to take decisions but pretentious and a typical Kerala man of patriarchy.

His Mother's Openness Surprised Him

The Letter-O- Openness To read N's story, please click here . "Arjun do not feel pity and guilty for not spending time with me.  And don’t show sympathy towards me as if I’m starving here for something.”  His mother smiled.  He remembered her smile in her younger days when he was a child.  Then she forgot to smile—he too forgot how she had smiled. Frame Continued from the scene before “We go travel somewhere, Amma.” Arjun warmed up to start a conversation with his mother as he had planned. “If I ask you to plan it, what place you top in your priority list?” He brewed the masala tea as his mother had instructed him and poured it into two cups, one placed in front of her. She sipped the tea eagerly. He felt contented. Since his mother had moved in with him, he hadn’t spent enough time with her.   He felt terrible about that.   His job is like that--having no set programmes, he should be anywhere at a sudden alert of a crime, even in the middle of the night.   She h

I should Find My Niche

N- In Search of his Niche To read M's story, please click here . “I feel so empty, Arjun, the emptiness swallowing me, taking away whatever is left in me.  Why should I burden myself with handling this failing system taking the spat from all these lairs, murderers, and crooks?  Should know when the time is right to level.” Frame The scene continues from the previous  one. Kovoor stood up from his seat and took to pacing in the room.  Seconds matured into minutes.  Arjun waited patiently.   He is now used to his boss’s quirks--sometimes, he breaks off a hectic conversation in the middle to rise from his seat to stare at the world through the window behind him or pace in the room in the Sethuramayar style in the CBI movies.  “People consider me Ill-mannered, rude, even haughty,” he would complain about himself.  “I have to relieve the valve before it explodes.” “Arjun, I called to share with you something important also. I'm Retiring in three months.” “But you have