“Sh…She said me that she’ll be home by 9 in the night. B..but, it has been midnight’s 3’o clock, and th..th..there’s no sign of her. I…aa..I phoned her many times, but it’s coming out of coverage…I called all her friends, but no one had a clue about her.”

“Can you give me her photo, and her mobile number, Mr. Das??”

“Y…yes…Take it..(gives him the details)”

Binoy Das has come to police station, to file a FIR about his missing daughter. Currently, he is in conversation with ACP Shubhendru Sengupta.

“Do you suspect someone?”

“Maithili is extremely polite and humble as a person. Sh..She does not have animus for anyone. In such case, it’s really hard to suspect someone.”

“Okay then. Mr. Das, we will begin the search for Maithili right now. (Pointing towards one of the sergeants) Bisht(giving him the photo), go with some more constables, and search for this girl. (After turning his face towards Binoy) Mr. Das, you may leave now.”

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Binoy Das returns home. He suddenly encounters an old photograph of Maithili with him, and starts to reminisce about the things that happened in her childhood.

“Baba, baba…amake khomja (“search me” in Bengali) , baba…You won’t be able to find me..Haha”

“Kothaye amaar meye??(with his hands pointing here and there, and his eyes blindfolded)”

And, when he finds her, he hugs her, and gives her a lot many kisses. Binoy reminisces those happy moments with his daughter.

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It’s 7 a.m. in the morning, and the phone rings. Binoy takes the call.

“Hello. Das’s residence.”

“Yes, Mr. Das. ACP Sengupta here. We have found a dead body near the river’s shore. The face is completely unrecognisable, but based on the information we have, we have a conjecture that she’s your daughter. So, i request you to come here, please.”

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Everyone is inside the morgue room.

“Sir, please check whether this dead body is your daughter.”

Binoy, with his trembling hand, uncovers the upper part of the dead body, and then….

(to be continued………)

(NEXT CHAPTER OUT ON 21ST JUNE, 2017)

A wanderer in the desert of dreams

4 COMMENTS

  1. Well crafted room for suspense, which leaves the readers anticipated throughout.
    Waiting for the next chapter! πŸ™‚

  2. Suspense in the story is amazing and the way you described is called CHITRATMAK SHAILI in Hindi, For a moment i felt all things is happening in front of me, Keep it up….desperately waiting for the next chapter πŸ™‚

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