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The Spider’s Web (Part V)

“What happened to Roma?” Kartik asked. “She died of burn wounds from a gas leak.” “Didn’t Fateh Singh also die of burn wounds from a gas leak?” “Yes,” Mrs. Kaul said, tears welling in her eyes. “Is there some connection between your sister’s and your husband’s death?” Kartik demanded, looking ...

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The Spider’s Web (Part IV)

When Rita could speak, she said that she did not know anything about the pills. Though the officer would not believe it and registered it as an accident. To be on the safer side, Rita’s parents agreed to appoint Kartik as her attorney. It took a couple of weeks for ...

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The Spider’s Web (Part III)

That evening, Radha was returning from her dance practice when she saw a couple of hospital attendants leaving her building with Rita on a stretcher. Radha ran to her unconscious friend’s prone figure. Valli came running out to greet her sister-in-law. “She attempted suicide by swallowing tranquilizers,” Valli looked worried. ...

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The Spider’s Web (Part II)

“What do you mean?” Radha asked her brother Kartik. “I mean that the entire Singh family died under mysterious circumstances. If the possibility of accidental death is eliminated and it must be eliminated because of too many co-incidences, the killer should be someone very close to them. There is only ...

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The Spider’s Web

Rita sat looking at her husband’s face. Fateh Singh’s body lay bedecked with flowers on the floor in front of her. There was no sign of tears in her eyes. She seemed to be in a state of shock. Her mother who was sitting near her could not control her ...

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What a Waste! (Part IV)

6 months later, Radha was asked to interview a pharmacist, who had made significant research toward curing AIDS. B Vishweshwar looked oddly familiar. By the end of the interview, enlightenment dawned on her and he confidently commented, “So you are a journalist. If you hadn’t saved my life that day, ...

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What a Waste! (Part III)

“Oh God, no,” everything was falling into place now. Brahma Bhatt’s superior had somehow thrown him out of the job just because he was a Brahmin. How nasty! This way a time would come that Brahmins would need to assert themselves and ask for a reserved category named after them. ...

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What a Waste! (Part II)

“It is none of your business, lady. Go home,” the man was rude to Radha. “No. I’ll call the police, if you don’t stop,” she threatened. “Who are you? A social worker?’ “No. I am just a citizen of this democracy…” “Pooh, don’t give me that crap about democracy. Democracy ...

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What a Waste!

The man was rude to her

Recently, one boy, who had just completed his HSC, contacted my cousin sister Gayatri asking her how to become an entrepreneur. His father is the waterman in my sister’s area. His father cannot afford his further education. And the family belongs to the open category. She told him to first ...

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The Stalker (Part III)

When Radha reached the police station, Keshav told her about the man, who had been stalking her. The man was a middle-aged divorcee and has become a psycho due to the breakup of his marriage. Keshav added, “Do you know, why he chose you over Asha? He said that you ...

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