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P is for Pramod The Head Of Octagon - #A2Z2018

P is for Pramod The Head Of Octagon - #A2Z2018

Mat drove slowly, following the directions given by Google maps. Pramod's house was on the outskirts of Shimla. Mat had to go through several winding lanes before he reached the house. The route was so tortuous that Mat began wondering if he was getting misled. But Google maps had rarely been known to mislead people and Mat faithfully followed the directions given by the Map.

He was finally in front of a huge villa and there was a night watchman at the gate. Mat parked his car outside the gate, got out and spoke to the night watchman. "I am Air Commodore Mathew Williams.," he began, but the night watchman interrupted immediately and said, "Yes, yes, go right in Sahib. Leave the car here, I will look after it. Pramod Sahib is waiting for you." 

He opened the gate and Mat went up the path that led to the front door and punched the calling bell. A short man clad in a Kurta and Pajama opened the door and beckoned him to enter. He went through the door. The man led him to a sofa and requested him to sit down. Mat sat down on the sofa. The man pulled a chair, seated himself and lit a cigarette. Mat was allergic to cigarette smoke, but he knew a detective had to spend a lot of time working at odd hours and picked up these habits. And anyway, he was not in a position to object.

The man finally said, "I am Pramod. My night operator told me that you are in a hurry and you are willing to pay any amount." 

"You are a hundred percent correct," said Mat. 

"Tell me what you want," said Pramod. 

"I can do slightly better. I have created a Pdf file giving complete instructions on what I want to be done," said Mat. Mat switched on his iPad and opened the Pdf file he had created and then passed the iPad over to Pramod. Pramod read through the entire Pdf document and his face grew serious.

Finally, he looked at Mat and said, "Why don't you approach the police? This is a job for them." 

"For one thing, I want to be discreet and for another, the police machinery in India moves very slowly and takes time. You guys are much faster and much more discreet," said Mat.

Finally, Pramod asked, "How much time do we have?" 

"I need the information as early as possible. That could mean anything from right now to within a day." 

Pramod sighed and said, "I will do my best. Mind you, this will cost you quite a bit. I have to make inquiries and pull a few strings and get the entire machinery working."

"Cost is of no consequence. I am willing to spend my entire life's savings on this," said Mat. 

"Alright then, I will see what I can do, Can you send the document to my inbox?" said Pramod and gave him his email id. Mat sent the document to Pramod's email id and stood up and bid him goodbye. He got back to his car and drove to his hotel. It was 5.30 AM. The first thing he did on entering his room was to phone up Shivani and inquire about Karen. 

Shivani replied jubilantly, "She has improved a lot, Dada. Her temperature is now stable at 94. The doctors simply do not understand the dip and subsequent rise in temperature. But they are happy with her progress. What about you Dada? Have you made any progress?" 

"I think so," replied Mat, "Expect me back at Kimnur by 11 AM today." He hung up the phone and went and lay down on the hotel bed and gently closed his eyes. He held the cross he was wearing around his neck and prayed.

Author's Note: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


  1. I am really curious what Mat wants Pramod to investigate about. Was there no black magic at all? Then how come karen is into this deep sleep.. Excited about next post..

  2. You are taking us on ride each day, letter p and we still do not what had actually happened to Karen .. you will keep us at the edge till z

  3. A filler post for what´s coming next. Eager to watch this story pick pace and surprise us all. :)

  4. The story is rising and ebbing perfectly, Jai. Waiting for an action packed chapter next.

  5. I'm looking forward to seeing what his plan involves, and hopefully Karen continues to improve.

  6. Amazing story.. loving every bit.. you are an amazing writer.. keeping all of us at the edge

  7. I like the way even after 15-16 volumes you still introduce a new character or agency as the name of the chapter. Your hard work is indeed evident.

  8. I'm so curious what happens next. And I do have to read all the back posts to catch up on the story so far :) I liked that Mat has all the instructions in a pdf - consistent with his character.

    Would love it if you could check out my #AtoZchallenge post on P.

  9. Excellent grip on the plot of your story Jai.. even at this stage you continue to introduce new people and new action 😀

  10. Fantastic grip on the story Jai. It only gets exciting.


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Moving Over To New Blog

This is to inform my readers that from now on I will be posting only on my new blog Jai's Jottings. This blog will be gradually phased out.

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