Black to the memory
The house stood like a black ghost of the colorful memory that I
once called home.
No civil person was allowed to enter the house .It was secured
and protected by the police and the whole site was still under
There were still charred black remains scattered everywhere .A
certain black flake of burnt something flew with the wind and
settled in my hand .When I tried to catch it ,it crumbled into
nothing only leaving nothing behind but a black mark in my
hand.There is nothing left for me in this place.I turned away.
"In the beginning we thought it was an accident" officer Avinash
Pande explained to me .I was in the Kolkata Police Station trying
to figure out what was going on in my life and put the pieces of
the puzzle together.
"However we were carrying on our routine searches of the entire
place when we got evidences that the fire might have been
deliberately lit and not accidentally"he concluded.
"Where are my parents?"I asked with a mirage of a hope .Hope that
was still holding back the flood of emptiness.
Officer Avinash sighed deeply."Their bodies have gone for
postmortem in the forensic lab ."he stopped abrubtly .He looked
like he was trying to frame the words he wanted to say further.
"Their bodies were burnt beyond recognition.The bodies were found
in their bedroom .Probably they were deep in their sleep when
this happened .Also their windows were all closed because of the
winter.So the carbon monoxide might have killed them even before
they could wake up."he finished in one breath.
It was bodies to him but these bodies were my parents.
I was listening to him like it was a story for it sure did not
feel like it has happened in reality ,in my own life.I heard but
my brain hardly processed any of the information .He was
describing to me the death of my parents.How could this possibly
However I forced myself to sit there and listen to every word he
spoke for I desparately needed to know who has done this.
"Your neighbour Mrs choudhury identified them by their clothes ,
the rings in their hands and some jewellery they were wearing."he
said and looked at me like he was expecting me to breakdown any
I did not deserve to break down .I did not deserve to cry and let
out my pain.I deserved every bit of this intense suffering
,every bit of this guilt that was slowly chewing my insides. I
had deserted them when they were alive ,severed all connections
with them .They must have felt my need at some points in their
life when I was nowhere near them.They loved me yet I forced them
to live without me now God is forcing me to live without
them.This pain was a constant reminder to me of all the times
they needed me and I was not there.
"Miss Banerjee"Avinash Pande called out loud.
I shook out of my internal loathing and decided to do whatever it
takes to find out who did this to my parents even if it is the
last thing I ever do .
"I need answers officer"I finally said yielding my dominant tone
at the officer.
"All you are providing me is with more questions"I spoke in a
Officer Avinash seemed taken aback at my firmness for a moment
but he quickly recovered .
"What made you think the fire was deliberate?"I asked waiting for
his reply impatiently.Somehow I was feeling time was running
out.The more I take time to reach that person the more it will be
difficult to catch him.He was getting out of my reach.
"There were signs of breaking into the house through the kitchen
window"he replied silently.
" We did not find any footprints or any finger prints inside the
house for it was impossible to get any print in a house burnt so
"However we did find a pair of faint footprint towards the house
through the backyard .Interestingly there had been three pairs of
footprints leaving the house ,also through the backyard .There
also had been some tire marks of a jeep in the road behind the
house."Avinash Pande described me the evidences with a hint of
glimmer in his eyes.It probaly must be one of the interesting
cases of his life.However it was the one most devastating case of
"You will do whatever it takes to get to the end of this and find
out the person who had done this."I ordered him getting up from
the chair for it was time to leave.
"I will give you whatever green you need ."Isaid leaning in a
little closer .
"However if I dont get any results I will destroy you" I added
saying each word distinctly and with equal vigour.I needed him to
know that Ahana Banerjee was not someone he could fool around
"Miss Banerjee ,the only green I love and appreciate is those of
the plants and trees that give my eyes calmness and my lungs
oxygen"Avinash Pande said with a soft smile.He looked calm amd
It was my time to get surprised for there were not many that
could stand before Ahana Banerjee and answer her back daring her
in the eye.
"However I do assure you that I will do my job with my best
efforts and will not rest till I find out who has done this."he
"I will do this for it is my job and not an obligation nor a
favour. "he finished as he shook my hands with his promise....
I KNOW THE CHAPTERS ARE GETTING SHORTER BUT THIS IS ALL I COULD
MANAGE BETWEEN STUDIES AND TESTS...I AM HOPING TO MAKE LONGER
CHAPTERS IN THE FUTURE THOUGH...