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Ten Days in October
by Ashish Malpani
GENRE: Fiction: Crime
'5 a.m. phone call broke Police Inspector Shivaji Chavan’s sleep informing him that local jeweler Anil Kokate, was found hanging from a tree on the banks of Pravara River in a small town of rural India. Although the signs point to an open and shut case of suicide, Chavan suspects foul play. While trying to find the missing pieces of the story he finds more hidden skeletons and comes across astonishing & cruel past of the victim. What begins as a routine investigation quickly turns darker, ruthless and pressing. Can Chavan handle the pressure of his superiors, local media and frightened masses? Can he navigate the system to reach the killer? Can he solve the moral dilemma when he comes face to face with the killer?
On the first day of Navratri, the Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, Inspector Shivaji Chavan is woken up by a phone call informing him about the public suicide of Anil Kokate. Kokate was found hanging from a tree on the banks of Pravara River. After inspecting the crime scene, Chavan has reason to believe that it may not a suicide case. But little that he knew that this was just the beginning, a routine investigation was about to turn into something that is darker, more deadly and pressing. Trying to navigate through the system, Chavan relies on his own instincts, hoping to find the truth- and a killer who is terrorizing the town.
Why will you love and hate the protagonist of ‘Ten Days in October’
Inspector Shivaji Chavan, the protagonist of ‘Ten Days in October’ is police station in charge for a small rural Indian town called Sangamner. He is newly transferred and still trying to learn about the town and the people. He is a family man and moves to the town with his wife and son. He loves drinking chai (masala tea) and whiskey. Chavan also loves riding his bullet motorcycle and believes that his strong physique looks good riding the iron. The story begins when he suspects that the public suicide of local jeweler Anil Kokate may be a homicide.
As the story progresses, we learn more about Chavan and his view of the world. When I initially sketched out Chavan’s character, I did spend some time sketching out his social life, his beliefs and his work style. After the first pass, I could see the reflection of quite a few people I have met throughout my life in his character. He is a responsible police officer who is genuinely interested in solving the crimes. He believes in his instincts and looks at all the possibilities in detail. He doesn’t shy away from work and continues his quest without taking a break even when he is getting pressured from his superiors, media and people of the town. At the same time, he does spend time with his family and tries to balance work and life. You will grow into liking Chavan as the story unfolds.
However, being a typical Indian man, he does show signs of patriarchal thinking and does take his wife for granted. One of my friends who read the novel jokingly said that if her husband woke her up early in the morning to make a tea for him, she will throw him out of the house. That is why she didn’t like Chavan. He does expect his wife to listen to him. He can’t break away from the shackles altogether. I also see myself too facing the same issue sometimes. Does that make someone hate Chavan? Maybe!
The reason to hate him the most is when he reveals his philosophy and justifies taking bribe from someone who has the means. One of the reviewers of novel said he wished that Chavan will be totally good guy and may be his team is taking the bribe without his knowledge. And he felt disappointed to find out that Chavan was in on it. For me, I see Chavan as a complex character who wants to do good but he is sucked into the system and developed his own justification for doing things that we won’t expect from a typical ‘good guy’. I wanted to keep the portrayal close to reality but may be that damages Chavan’s image.
Finally, when Chavan faces the killer and solves the moral dilemma about the identity of the killer, you will love him again. I believe that I have given justice to his character and it is up to you to decide whether you love him or hate him.
Ashish Malpani is an Indian-American freelancer and blogger. Born in Sangamner, a small town in rural India, he spent much of his adult life in Austin, Texas. A technology product marketer by trade, Ashish earned his MSE from Purdue University and MBA from the University of Texas.
Ashish fell in love with reading and traveling at a young age. As a kid he had two dreams in life: to write a novel and to travel around the world. Thirty eight countries and counting, Ashish has explored various cultures and captured the world through the lens of his camera with his wife Samta and son Ayan.
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