My sincere thanks to
I dedicate this story to my parents, friends, relatives, neighbours and teachers.
“Hello Rose! How are you feeling now?”, it was her husband asking her. Rose had just now given birth to a boy.
“Ya! I am feeling better. And our son looks exactly like me!”, said Rose.
“Hmmm. Ok Rose, I have to leave now. Take care”, her husband left her. Such swift visits by her husband were nothing new to her.
Doctor Dhananjay was not a very famous cardiac surgeon but he had a 100% success rate in the very few surgeries he had performed. He had been in the news channels for the past three months, thanks to his book ‘Religion-An Encyclopedia of Superstitions?’ He had written that book after posing thousands of queries to people and after a lot of research work. He didn’t write that book for the sake of earning money. He wanted to answer the queries which he had been asking to so many people throughout his entire life. But the political parties frame issues in a way that best suit them. Since DD (Doctor Dhananjay is called by his friends as DD) did not stick to one particular religion in his book no one supported him, except his son, Rudran. Rudran was an attorney working as an assistant to Aftab, a well known attorney. Aftab was an expert in both civil and criminal cases.
Rudran did not support DD only because he was his dad. He supported him because he liked the theories in the book. The book was banned before three months and Aftab was the person who filed the case on the behalf of the Muslim community. Many other people filed cases against DD from several other sections. But DD never lost determination because his son would appear for him in all the cases.
There was a petition filed by Rudran that the ban on the book was not correct and the basic fundamental constitutional right (right to expression) was challenged.
Rudran had to argue on that day, the first chapter definition of God was to be discussed, Rudran was reading the chapter carefully, and it started:
The question "What is God?" .Most of us expect some sort of definition as an answer to this question, but we are not content simply to describe the way the word is used:
We want to know the essence of what it means to be God. Western people typically concern themselves with the God of monotheistic religions (Christians and Muslims in general), but discussions also concern themselves with other concepts of the divine. Indeed, before attempting a definition of a term it is essential to know what sense of the term is to be defined. In this case, this is particularly important because there are a number of widely different senses of the word 'God.' So before we try to answer the question "What is God?" by giving a definition, first we must be clear on which concept of God we are trying to define. Among those people who believe in supernatural beings, some believe there is just one God (monotheism), while others, such as Hindus, believe in many different deities (polytheism) while maintaining that all are manifestations of one God. Hindus also have a widely followed monistic philosophy that can be said to be neither monotheistic nor polytheistic (as mentioned in Advaita Vedanta). Buddhists generally do not believe in the existence of a creator God similar to that of the Abrahamic religions, but direct attention to a state called Nirvana. (Although, some Buddhists believed Buddha was an incarnation of God).
Rudran knew the whole chapter perfectly by heart, still he was reading to check whether there was a loophole. The case was to begin in another half an hour, Rudran was nervous, it was his first case and he was to appear against his mentor Aftab.
His pulse-rate increased in proportion to the time ticking away.
Rudran heard some music; it was his cell phone ringing.
He picked his phone and said “Hello”.
It was his wife, “Rudy, Uncle is dead, come home soon”. She cut the phone in a flash. It was like reading a text message rather than attending a phone call. But Rudran’s brain was jammed with too many thoughts that made it impossible for him to think so.
Rudran’s brain freed itself to inform Rudran that “Your dad is dead. Get back to your home”.
Ebenezer wanted our family to shift to South Africa permanently. My mom liked the idea and she accepted. We were living happily in South Africa. Though I was not very happy, I felt South Africa a better place than Chennai. One day, I was playing cricket with the neighbour kids (Allen did not join us because he didn’t like any outdoor game) for a long time from morning 10 till 6 in the evening, even without lunch. After finishing the game, I went to home only to find mom and Allen dead. This was the greatest despair in my life. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. I started to run. I had to run until I escape from death which had consumed my mum and bro.
How did my DD (dear dad) die?
Was it a natural death or a murder?
Does his death have any connection with the book Religion?
When did my wife Akshaya find him?
Where did Akshaya find him?
What am I to do now?
What will happen to the case which I would not attend today?
So many questions were passing through the mind of Rudran while he was driving to his home from court. He reached his home before he could find an answer. It was already crowded with Police and press. 'Now what am I to do?', Rudran thought.
I continued my run for one full night. The next day I woke up and found that I was lying in a comfortable bed. ‘Was all this a strange dream?’, I thought. A stranger appeared in front of me (confirming it was not a dream) and told that I was lying unconscious in his farm and I looked very tired and dehydrated. So he took me into his home inside the farm. He asked me who I was. I told him about my mom and bro but didn’t tell about Ebenezer. I told him that my dad was dead. I started to weep. I was only 10 years old on that day. I couldn’t control my emotions. The stranger told that his name was
Police stated that they had identified 26-year-old
I could very well understand that it was my family’s story on the news paper.
He could deal with the police, but press? He was attorney after all. Why should he be afraid of press? But his brain was not working as well as it could have worked. ‘My father is dead!’ This phrase was repeating often in his mind. He parked his car in front of his home.
As soon as he got out of his car, a dozen of reporters were falling on him. They were shooting the questions. “Sir, how did your father die?”. “Sir is it a natural death?” “Sir! Sir! Sir!
Rudran’s home (with DD dead it is alright calling it as Rudran’s home) was located in boat club, Chennai. It had a beautiful pond with lot of fish in it. But Rudran didn’t seem to mind it because he was more worried about DD’s death. He entered the home and around three police officers were present there.
A Police officer who looked to be a sub-inspector came near Rudran and informed him “Sir, your father has been murdered. And we already got information that he would be killed, but we thought it was one of the usual letters to threaten your father. But this person was serious.”
Rudran was very upset. He saw his father lying dead, near him there was a huge ellipse drawn with his blood and inside that ellipse Pears soap, a Nokia cell phone and a Sprite bottle were lying. And below that a phrase “I, now touched insult, save the next person if you can”, was written. And a sign “SOS-I'm feeble, polite ogre” was left too.
‘What does all this mean?’, thought Rudran. Rudran’s blood pressure was reaching the 170s. He had to attend his father’s case, but with his father dead what would he achieve winning the case. ‘It was his last wish, I should win the case for him’, Rudran made a decision inside his mind.
“Sir, What do you think? Your father seems to be the beginning of a series of murders!”.
Who is this
From that moment I lived as Son of Sam only. My dad (
Till that I had solved only simple puzzles.
This one sounded tough. But after working for about half an hour I solved it. It was Leonardo Davinci. It was quite tough for me because I had just heard the name and it wasn’t a very familiar name.
It was raining heavily in Bristol.
This rain was not disturbing
The police cannot shoot the suspect. The law is against the Police in all developed countries where the Human rights commission has a major say. In spite of all this the police were talented enough to arrest the culprits (It is now correct to call them culprits). The police blocked the roads with their cars (the White Skoda Octavia, the police car). The thieves could not escape. They were blocked both aerially and in ground. They were locked near Westbury Park. The three culprits had no other go except to surrender and they exactly did that.
The thieves were wearing a mask and were completely dressed in black as though they were mourning their arrest.
This made it very clear for
We shall ask
He taught me everything in puzzles from Caesar cipher to Simple riddles. We used to play daily with his puzzles. As time proceeded, he also imbibed lateral thinking into me. He asked me, a puzzle:
A man wanted a clock for the wall, the traditional kind with an hour hand and a minute hand; but he wanted its hands to move counterclockwise. Why?
I was thinking. Why someone would want time to be reversed, because he might have wanted to see the time in a mirror.
When I told this to my dad, he I could see that he was impressed but he hid that and told me, “Son, you are pretty close. Think further!”
I thought for a while and got the answer. How did I miss it the first time?
The man must have been a hairdresser and wanted a clock where he could see it and tell time easily, but where his customers could see it and tell time, too. He did not want a small clock on his counter, because the counter space would have been so limited. He could not mount anything on the large mirror in front of his customers. Therefore, he wanted a backwards clock for the rear wall, so that it would appear correct to customers who looked in the mirror. He knew that he could learn to tell time from it after a bit of practice (subtracting time from twelve would be the trick!)
Dad was very happy with the way I was solving his puzzles.
No one could cheat
“Hi Rudran, how are you? How is Chennai?”, queried
“Nothing is fine
“Oh! My God! When did this happen? I am sorry Rudh. Was that because of the book that dad wrote?”, asked
“I will be in Chennai tomorrow morning. Don’t worry”, said
It was a majestic house but the home without DD was unimaginable by
Rudran nodded still weeping.
In few months I became an expert in puzzles like my dad. He also taught what out of the box thinking was. He gave me nine dots and asked me to connect those dots with only four straight lines without pausing anywhere.
I was staring at those dots.
My dad was very happy with this solution. He told me that I had out of the box thinking. Generally people form a box with these nine dots and they can’t solve it at all. Only when one comes out of the box, this puzzle would be solved. But, I never formed the box. My dad told me that, ‘I was special’. That was the first time someone called me so. I was on cloud nine.
“Leave the phone calls. I want to see the letters that were written to your department”, said
The letter read:
Threat to Doctor
“I'm wise, sensible, red-hot fury.
I would kill him before his son saves his property.
Ya! Foe chauvinism.”
I'm feeble, polite ogre.
PS: This is my last letter to you. I will continue my quest after killing Doctor Dhananjay. I will give you a clue in DD’s home.
I had previously sent a letter to you. Have you solved it?
Commissioner said, “We receive many such letters. What do you expect us to do? We offered protection to your dad. He didn’t want it.”
James asked, “I want to search all the letters that you have received.”
Commissioner replied, “Do you want to find the other letter from SOS.”
Commissioner said, “You need not waste time searching
“It’s a nine letter word – 123456789
If it fails you will die.
If you have 234 you can 1234.
56 is a disease.
We 789 to live.
I am going to kill the person who helped certain people whose
123456789 was affected.
Certainly, not for saving their lives.
Save him if you could solve this puzzle”
I'm feeble, polite ogre.
This is definitely a very big challenge for
Ten years passed. That day he asked me a very good puzzle, he asked me to decode this cipher:
It might be tough for a stranger like you. But since I was now an expert in Puzzle it took me less than a minute to decode it. The answer was Brazilian football player
I employed Caesar cipher with shift key as 1.
The result was TIAEHSCAIBKRSLPL
Wrote it in the Caesar Square
T I A E
H S C A
I B K R
S L P L
and read from the top down.
Adding spaces to the plain text, 'THIS IS BLACK PEARL' is obtained, which is the nick name of Brazilian foot ball player
56 is a disease. This is easy thought
The other clue also falls in place. If you have 234 you can 1234. Of course, if you have an ear you can hear. He has left so many clues for the police. He is a dangerous person thought
Fertile, honest, he, hero, benefit, be, rift, heroism, identifier, idle, idiot, housewife.
He had formed enough in his word pool.
Fishiest or wisely numbered.
Horrified eyes win stumbles.
Worthy resumes in disbelief.
He would be first in my series.
He would be first in my series. ‘This is it’, thought
I will give you a clue in DD’s home. “Uncle
In the photo
“What connects these three items Uncle
“Thanks for all your help uncle
“You can have the photograph, I have many copies of the photo but not the letters”, said
“No issues uncle, the photo alone is enough. I will note these letters in my cell phone”, he then drafted the letters in his cell phone. “May I leave now”, asked
From using the computer I learnt about e-mails, Internet and many other things. I learnt about cryptography and that was my area of interest. I had to leave my dad temporarily to learn more about it. And after two years, I returned back to home. I got a job too.
It was a dramatic evening faced by
It was a dramatic evening faced by
Akshaya called him for dinner. Dinner was Chapatti with gravy made of mushroom. It was the favorite food of
Rudran said, “Yes, I will give it to you after Dinner”
He initially scanned the Index, the chapter that caught his attention was
Adam and Eve are not our ancestors, the title of this chapter itself sounds controversial! But you would agree with me once you finish reading this chapter.
The story of
In Genesis 1 God (called Elohim) creates humans "male and female" in His image, and gives them dominion over the living things He has created, and commands them to "be fruitful and multiply."
Genesis 2 opens with God (called Yahweh Elohim) fashioning a man from the dust and blowing life into his nostrils. God plants a garden (the Garden of Eden) and sets the man there, "to work it and watch over it," permitting him to eat of all the trees in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil, "for on the day you eat of it you shall surely die." Then God creates the animals, attempting to find a help-mate for the man; but none of the animals are satisfactory, and so God causes the man to sleep, and creates a woman from his rib. The man names her "Woman" (Heb. ishshah), "for this one was taken from a man" (Heb. ish). "On account of this a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his woman." Genesis 2 ends with the note that the man and woman were naked, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3 introduces the Snake, "slier than every beast of the field." The snake tempts the woman to eat from the forbidden tree, telling her that it will not lead to death; she succumbs, and gives the fruit to the man, who eats also, "and the eyes of the two of them were opened." Aware now of their nakedness, they make coverings of fig leaves, and hide from the sight of God (still called Yahweh Elohim). God, perceiving that they have broken His command, curses them with hard labour and with pain in childbirth, and banishes them from His garden, setting a cherub at the gate to bar their way to the Tree of Life, "lest he put out his hand ... and eat, and live forever."
Genesis 4 and 5 give the story of
This story of
The main problem is not morals, it can be argued that just because it is immoral does not mean that it didn't happen. The main problem is biological. Interbreeding two families causes severe retardation, mutation and infertility. This happens to isolated Human population even when there are more than two families. The problem increases with severity the more the inbreeding occurs.
"...full-sibling or parent-child incest results in about 17% child mortality and 25% child disability, for a combined result of about 42% nonviable offspring"
The phenomenon of nonviable offspring from breeding between closely related family members is not limited to Humans, but to most life, especially amongst mammals and multicellular organisms:
"A study of 38 captive mammalian species found a cross-species average of around 33% offspring mortality resulting from closely incestuous matings"
Due to the non viable offspring that result from incest, which gets worse with each generation, the
This is not the only problem with the
After a month of rest I had to join the job. I had to do cryptanalytic attacks on the codes of the terrorists. It was for a government organization (I cannot reveal more about my job). Cryptanalytic attacks vary in potency and how much of a threat they pose to real-world cryptosystems. The majority of results found in modern cryptanalytic research are of this type. Essentially, the practical importance of an attack is dependent on the answers to the following three questions:
In simple words, this was puzzle solving once again!