Inspector Sharma saw the photograph in the living room. It was a tall tree with small protrusions at regular interval to climb up on top. “Could this picture have served a visual stimulus to Shyam?” wondered the inspector, “that he climbed on the parapet of the 13thfloor and jumped?” From experience, Sharma knew addictive drugs can make people do strange things, including climbing tall structures and taking a plunge to meet god.
Questions flooded the inspector’s mind. “Who invited Shyam to the party and why? Where did Shyam get his substance? Did he bring his own stuff or was he givent he drug?”Unfortunately, he had very few answers.
Guests were all huddled in the living room. Everyone denied they knew Shyam No one knew, who had invited Shyam. The party host refused to answer any question in the absence of his lawyer.
“These rich kids, they seem to know the law if nothing else,” though exasperated Sharma, when his assistant walked in and handed over a chit of paper that had a name and phone number, “sir it was found in the pocket of the boy who jumped.”
“Find out whose number is this!” Sharma tried to grab any available lead.
Read : Plunge
Word Count : 203
Photo Credit: Lakshmi Bhat
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