The biggest Holocaust in the history of Planet Earth.

With the invasion of India by Mahmud Ghazni about 1000 A.D., began the Muslim invasions into the Indian subcontinent and they lasted for several centuries. Nadir Shah made a mountain of the skulls of the Hindus he killed in Delhi alone. Babur raised towers of Hindu skulls at Khanua when he defeated Rana Sanga in 1527 and later he repeated the same horrors after capturing the fort of Chanderi. Akbar ordered a general massacre of 30,000 Rajputs after he captured Chittorgarh in 1568. The Bahamani Sultans had an annual agenda of killing a minimum of 100,000 Hindus every year.

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This is not some anti religious article. Merely the truth it is. To provide justice to the 80 million men and women brutally murdered. Who are all but ignored today. What is Holocaust? You may ask. According to Wikipedia, the Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and “incurably sick”, as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah’s Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall. We have all heard about it. there are hundreds of movies about the German Holocaust and thousands of movies. So, 17 million deaths. That’s a huge ass number indeed. But today, what if I tell you there was a bigger Holocaust? A holocaust accounting to 80 million deaths? Yes, I am talking about the holocaust that took place in India. One which is ignored by the world, whitewashed by our very own government.

Let me make some things clear. I have nothing against Islam. I have several Musalman friends whom I dearly love. I won’t blame them for what happened centuries ago. But that also doesn’t mean I can stay mum about what happened then. These are things our present education system doesn’t teach us and that is understandable. It is to control hate and prejudice, we Indians are an immature lot who will blame our fellow countrymen for what their ancestors did. Even I didn’t know about the following facts. I found this on an article in Quora and I could not resist sharing it here.

We are talking about the Hindu Holocaust.

The genocide suffered by the Hindus of India at the hands of Arab, Turkish, Mughal and Afghan occupying forces for a period of 800 years is as yet formally unrecognised by the World.

With the invasion of India by Mahmud Ghazni about 1000 A.D., began the Muslim invasions into the Indian subcontinent and they lasted for several centuries. Nadir Shah made a mountain of the skulls of the Hindus he killed in Delhi alone. Babur raised towers of Hindu skulls at Khanua when he defeated Rana Sanga in 1527 and later he repeated the same horrors after capturing the fort of Chanderi. Akbar ordered a general massacre of 30,000 Rajputs after he captured Chittorgarh in 1568. The Bahamani Sultans had an annual agenda of killing a minimum of 100,000 Hindus every year.

The history of medieval India is full of such instances. The holocaust of the Hindus in India continued for 800 years, till the brutal regimes were effectively overpowered in a life and death struggle by the Sikhs in the punjab and the Hindu Maratha armies in other parts of India in the late 1700’s.

We have elaborate literary evidence of the World’s biggest holocaust from existing historical contemporary eyewitness accounts. The historians and biographers of the invading armies and subsequent rulers of India have left quite detailed records of the atrocities they committed in their day-to-day encounters with India’s Hindus.

These contemporary records boasted about and glorified the crimes that were committed – and the genocide of tens of millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist and Jainist, mass rapes of women and the destruction of thousands of ancient Hindu/ Buddhists temples and libraries have been well documented and provide solid proof of the World’s biggest holocaust.

Quotes from modern historians-

Dr. Koenraad Elst in his article “Was There an Islamic Genocide of Hindus?” states:

There is no official estimate of the total death toll of Hindus at the hands of Islam. A first glance at important testimonies by Muslim chroniclers suggests that, over 13 centuries and a territory as vast as the Subcontinent, Muslim Holy Warriors easily killed more Hindus than the 6 million of the Holocaust. Ferishtha lists several occasions when the Bahmani sultans in central India (1347-1528) killed a hundred thousand Hindus, which they set as a minimum goal whenever they felt like punishing the Hindus; and they were only a third-rank provincial dynasty.”

The biggest slaughters took place during the raids of Mahmud Ghaznavi (ca. 1000 CE); during the actual conquest of North India by Mohammed Ghori and his lieutenants (1192 ff.); and under the Delhi Sultanate (1206-1526).

It is written in the book “Negation in India”:  “The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and the populations massacred, with hundreds of thousands killed in every campaign, and similar numbers deported as slaves. Every new invader made (often literally) his hills of Hindus skulls. Thus, the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000 was followed by the annihilation of the Hindu population; the region is still called the Hindu Kush, i.e. Hindu slaughter.

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Will Durant argued in his 1935 book “The Story of Civilisation: Our Oriental Heritage” (page 459):

“The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were converted to Islam by sword during this period.”

Alain Danielou in his book, Histoire de l’ Inde writes:

“From the time Muslims started arriving, around 632 AD, the history of India becomes a long, monotonous series of murders, massacres, spoliations, and destructions. It is, as usual, in the name of ‘a holy war’ of their faith, of their sole God, that the barbarians have destroyed civilizations, wiped out entire races.”

Their temples were razed, their idols smashed, their women raped, their men killed or taken slaves. When Mahmud of Ghazni entered Somnath on one of his annual raids, he slaughtered all 50,000 inhabitants. Aibak killed and enslaved hundreds of thousands. The list of horrors is long and painful. These conquerors justified their deeds by claiming it was their religious duty to smite non-believers. Cloaking themselves in the banner of Islam, they claimed they were fighting for their faith when, in reality, they were indulging in straightforward slaughter and pillage…

A sample of contemporary eyewitness accounts of the invaders and rulers, during the Indian conquests.

The Afghan ruler Mahmud al-Ghazni invaded India no less than seventeen times between 1001 – 1026 AD. The book ‘Tarikh-i-Yamini’ – written by his secretary documents several episodes of his bloody military campaigns :

The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously [at the Indian city of Thanesar] that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it…the infidels deserted the fort and tried to cross the foaming river…but many of them were slain, taken or drowned… Nearly fifty thousand men were killed.

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In the contemporary record – ‘ Taj-ul-Ma’asir’ by Hassn Nizam-i-Naishapuri, it is stated that when Qutb-ul- Din Aibak (of Turko – Afghan origin and the First Sultan of Delhi 1194-1210 AD) conquered Meerat, he demolished all the Hindu temples of the city and erected mosques on their sites. In the city of Aligarh, he converted Hindu inhabitants to Islam by the sword and beheaded all those who adhered to their own religion.

The Persian historian Wassaf writes in his book ‘Tazjiyat-ul-Amsar wa Tajriyat ul Asar’ that when the Alaul-Din Khilji (An Afghan of Turkish origin and second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty in India 1295-1316 AD) captured the city of Kambayat at the head of the gulf of Cambay, he killed the adult male Hindu inhabitants for the glory of Islam, set flowing rivers of blood, sent the women of the country with all their gold, silver, and jewels, to his own home, and made about twentv thousand Hindu maidens his private slaves.

This ruler once asked his spiritual advisor (or ‘Qazi’) as to what was the Islamic law prescribed for the Hindus. The Qazi replied:

“Hindus are like the mud; if silver is demanded from them, they must with the greatest humility offer gold. If a Mohammadan desires to spit into a Hindu’s mouth, the Hindu should open it wide for the purpose. God created the Hindus to be slaves of the Mohammadans. The Prophet hath ordained that, if the Hindus do not accept Islam, they should be imprisoned, tortured, finally put to death, and their property confiscated.

Timur was a Turkic conqueror and founder of the Timurid Dynasty. Timur’s Indian campaign (1398 – 1399 AD) was recorded in his memoirs, collectively known as ‘Tuzk-i-Timuri.’ In them, he vividly described probably the greatest gruesome act in the entire history of the world – where 100,000 Hindu prisoners of war in his camp were executed in a very short space of time.
During his campaign in India – Timur describes the scene when his army conquered the Indian city of Delhi : “In a short space of time all the people in the [Delhi] fort were put to the sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels, and all the goods and effects, the treasure and the grain which for many a long year had been stored in the fort became the spoil of my soldiers. They set fire to the houses and reduced them to ashes, and they razed the buildings and the fort to the ground. All these infidel Hindus were slain, their women and children, and their property and goods became the spoil of the victors. I proclaimed throughout the camp that every man who had infidel prisoners should put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death. “

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Elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, a historian of Lodhi dynasty times, described the state sponsored religious violence as follows,

He [Lodi] was so zealous…[as a Musulman] that he utterly destroyed diverse places of [infidel] worship… he entirely ruined the shrines of Mathura, [and] the minefield of heathenism. Their stone images were given to the butchers to use…as meat weights,and all the Hindus in Mathura were strictly prohibited from shaving their heads and beards, and from performing ablutions. He stopped the idolatrous rites of the infidels there. Every city thus conformed as he desired to the customs of Islam.— Táríkh-i Dáúdí

The atrocities of the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan (who ruled India between 1628 – 1658 AD) are mentioned in the contemporary record called : ‘Badshah Nama, Qazinivi & Badshah Nama , Lahori’ and goes on to state : “When Shuja was appointed as governor of Kabul he carried on a ruthless war in the Hindu territory beyond Indus…The sword of Islam yielded a rich crop of converts….Most of the women (to save their honour) burnt themselves to death. Those captured were distributed among Muslim Mansabdars (Noblemen)
“Abdali’s soldiers would be paid 5 Rupees (a sizeable amount at the time) for every enemy head brought in. Every horseman had loaded up all his horses with the plundered property, and atop of it rode the girl-captives and the slaves. The severed heads were tied up in rugs like bundles of grain and placed on the heads of the captives…Then the heads were stuck upon lances and taken to the gate of the chief minister for payment.
“It was an extraordinary display! Daily did this manner of slaughter and plundering proceed. And at night the shrieks of the women captives who were being raped, deafened the ears of the people…All those heads that had been cut off were built into pillars, and the captive men upon whose heads those bloody bundles had been brought in, were made to grind corn, and then their heads too were cut off. These things went on all the way to the city of Agra, nor was any part of the country spared.”

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You think Akbar was really that great? A historian Nizamuddin Ahmad recorded the violence during the conquest of Nagarkot (modern Himachal Pradesh), as follows, “The fortress of Bhun, which is an idol temple of Mahámáí, was taken by valor of the (Muslim) assailants. A party of Rajputs, who had resolved to die, fought till they were all cut down. A number of Brahmins, who for many years had served the temple, never gave one thought to flight, and were killed. Nearly 200 black cows belonging to the Hindus, during the struggle, had crowded together for shelter in the temple. Some savage Turks, while the arrows and bullets were falling like rain, killed these cows one by one. They then took off their boots and filled them with the blood, and cast it upon the roof and walls of the temple.— Nizamuddin Ahmad, Tabakat-i Akbari

Banda Singh Bahadur was tortured to death after being imprisoned for 3 months. The heart of Banda Singh’s son was put in his mouth in an attempt to humiliate him.

The World seems to either ignore or just does not seem to care about the many millions of lives lost during the 800 – year long holocaust of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists in India.

The Indian historian Professor K.S. Lal estimates that the Hindu population in India decreased by 80 million between 1000 AD and 1525 AD, an extermination unparalleled in World history. This slaughter of millions of people occurred over regular periods during many centuries of Arab, Afghan, Turkish and Mughal rule in India.
Many Indian heroes emerged during these dark times – including the 10th Sikh Guru – Guru Gobind Singh and also the Hindu Maratha king – Shivaji Maratha – who led the resistance against this tyranny and eventually led to its defeat by the late 1700s – after centuries of death and destruction.

Shocked? So was I. Unfortunately the present educational system doesn’t teach us these stuff. Or maybe, we just aren’t ready for the truth.

What will the “Avengers Infinity War” sequel be called ?

With an estimated budget in the range of $316–400 million and global collections amounting to $2.046 billion, Avengers Infinity War has been one of the most awaited and expensive movies ever made.

With an estimated budget in the range of $316–400 million and global collections amounting to $2.046 billion, Avengers Infinity War has been one of the most awaited and expensive movies ever made.

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When “Infinity War” and its sequel were first announced in 2014, Marvel studios intended it to be a movie split into two parts. In 2016, “Avengers 4” was confirmed to be untitled. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Cinemablend that the title of the next movie hasn’t been revealed because it’s a spoiler and that the two films are “very different movies.”

So one of the greatest mysteries hovering around the world today is the title of the movie coming up next year. We Indians are instantly reminded of a question which surrounded the country in 2015 when the epic Baahubali: The Beginning was released, “कटप्पा ने बाहुबली को क्यों मारा?” (English: Why Kattapa killed Bahubali?)

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The iconic scene from the movie where Kattapa stabs Bahubali.

Coming back to the question, I have here compiled my pick of the top 5 names possible for the untitled Avengers 4.

5) Avengers: Forever

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The only reason I put this on the list is because there was a really famous Comic series of the same name from the 90s. Also considering the fact that we shall be probably bidding adieu to many of the iconic characters next year (the contracts of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and that of Chris Hemsworth are expiring next year). It also rhymes with the now iconic phrase “Wakanda Forever” so it would be a good marketing strategy too.

4) Avengers: Disassembled

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The ‘Avengers: Disassembled’ was a crossover event which saw the team torn apart by wave after wave of disaster. Hawkeye and Ant-Man were killed and a rampaging She-Hulk tore the Vision to pieces. It saw the beginning of Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers run with the destruction of the existing “traditional” roster and exile of several key members of the team.

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At the end of the storyline, the team was disbanded and replaced by two new versions. This is quite similar to what Marvel wants to do in Phase 4. We also know that right now the team does require some ‘reassembling’ so the name would be quite fitting.

3) Avengers: Infinity Crusade

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The Infinity Crusade was a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics in 1993.  A sequel to The Infinity Gauntlet and The Infinity War, it saw Adam Warlock using the fully-powered Infinity Gauntlet to expel his good and evil aspects to become totally logical, and the personified good aspects, known as The Goddess, soon targeted the Marvel heroes. Adam Warlock was teased in the post credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2  where Ayesha creates a new artificial being with whom she plans to destroy the Guardians, naming him Adam. Infinity Crusade is yet another title which can work pretty well.

2) Avengers: Endgame

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When Tony Stark suggested taking the fight to Titan, Stephen Strange made it clear, no matter what happens, he would never let the time stone fall into the hands of Thanos. In Titan, we see Doctor Strange using the time stone to glance into the future to 14,000,605 possibilities. When Tony asks if they won in any, he replies, “One“.

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Later in the movie when Tony gets stabbed by the same weapon he conjured using nano tech., Doctor Strange hands over the time stone to Thanos. He tells Tony Stark that they’re in the endgame now. So did Doctor Strange let Thanos win only to defeat him in the long run? Most probably yes. Considering the fact that Marvel continues to ascertain that Avengers 4 will serve as a conclusion to everything that has happened in the MCU till now, the title really seems appropriate.

1) Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet

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My best bet is on the name Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. First of all, The Infinity Gauntlet was a six-issue limited series from July to December 1991. As the main piece of a crossover event, some plot elements were featured in tie-in issues of other Marvel publications. The events of Infinity Gauntlet have been one of the most important ones in the history of the comic universe. The story’s events continued to be referenced in-story by comics for decades. The movie Infinity War is mostly adapted from the story.

For example at the beginning of the movie, we see Dr. Bruce Banner aka Hulk being sent to the Sanctum Sanctorum to warn Doctor Strange.

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This is directly adapted from the comics where the Silver Surfer is sent to Strange to warn him of Thanos’ arrival.

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Actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the role of Gamora, seemingly said the title would be “Infinity Gauntlet” to BBC’s Lizo Mzimba.

Lizo Mizimba had an interview up with Saldana where she said that they were “in the middle” of Infinity War and then she said  “we all have to go back for Gauntlet” later that year.

No wonder Marvel killed off Gamora in the movie xD.

One thing for sure, 2019 shall be a hell of a year. Although what we really need to be excited off as of now is Brie Larson starring as Captain Marvel in March 2019.

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Marvel has teased that Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel shall be the strongest Avenger introduced till date and considering the fact that Nick Fury contacted her at the face of death, we can be sure that she will be playing a huge role in defeating Thanos.

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“We Are All Made of Stars”

Nearly half of the atoms that make up our bodies may have formed beyond the Milky Way and travelled to the solar system on intergalactic winds driven by giant exploding stars, astronomers claim. 

We have all heard Moby’s popular 2002 song “We Are All Made of Stars.” Simulations by space agencies around the world reveal that up to half the material in our galaxy arrived from smaller galactic neighbours, as a result of powerful supernova explosions.

Nearly half of the atoms that make up our bodies may have formed beyond the Milky Way and travelled to the solar system on intergalactic winds driven by giant exploding stars, astronomers claim. Powerful supernova explosions can fling trillions of tonnes of atoms into space with such ferocity that they escape their home galaxy’s gravitational pull and fall towards larger neighbours in enormous clouds that travel at hundreds of kilometres per second. Much of the hydrogen and helium that falls into galaxies forms new stars, while heavier elements, themselves created in stars and dispersed in the violent detonations, become the raw material for building comets and asteroids, planets and life.

The researchers ran supercomputer simulations to watch what happened as galaxies evolved over billions of years. They noticed that as stars exploded in smaller galaxies, the blasts ejected clouds of elements that fell into neighbouring, larger galaxies. The Milky Way absorbs about one sun’s-worth of extragalactic material every year.

“The surprising thing is that galactic winds contribute significantly more material than we thought,” said Anglés-Alcázar. “In terms of research in galaxy evolution, we’re very excited about these results. It’s a new mode of galaxy growth we’ve not considered before.” The simulations showed that elements carried on intergalactic winds could travel a million light years before settling in a new galaxy, according to a report in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

“We Are All Made Of Stars”

Growing in numbers
Growing in speed
Can’t fight the future
Can’t fight what I see
People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

Efforts of lovers
Left in my mind
I sing in the reaches
We’ll see what we find

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

Slow slow slow, come come
Someone come come come
Even love is goin’ ’round
You can’t ignore what is goin’ ’round

Slowly rebuilding
I feel it in me
Growing in numbers
Growing in peace

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

People they come together
(People they come together)
People they fall apart
(People they fall apart)
No one can stop us now
(No one can stop us now)
‘Cause we are all made of stars
(We are all made of stars)

We are all made of stars
People they come together
We are all made of stars
(People they fall apart)
We are all made of stars
(No one can stop us now)
‘Cause we are all made of stars
(We are all made of stars)

 

 

10+ Reviews of Logan

“Goodbye bub. You’ve changed superhero movies forever.”

The movie is difficult to watch in some of the best ways. Why? because we are forced to watch a character we have come to love over the years as the leader of the X-Men getting his ass kicked a zillion times in this movie.

When it was first revealed that LOGAN would be Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of Wolverine, a character he has portrayed 9 times over 14 years, we all mourned. The animal elegance we have experienced in all his previous films is missing. Logan is vulnerable in this movie. And that is what makes it one of the best Superhero movies till date if not the best.

Let us take a look at what critics had to say:

It’s dark and risky.

“It is uncompromising in its brutality and fearless in its reverence of these iconic characters. It’s a testament to the power of storytelling, and what creative freedom can produce. Goodbye bub. You’ve changed superhero movies forever.” —Hindustan Times

“The film celebrates the medium by taking itself seriously, with an added hint of apology for the genre’s earlier sins. Best of all, there’s an element of risk.” —San Francisco Chronicle

It’s so good, you might forget it’s a comic-book movie.

“The only problem with calling it the boldest and most affecting superhero flick in many years is that it’s barely a superhero movie at all.” —NPR

“The best superhero movie ever is more about the curse of super powers than super powers. Maybe that’s why it’s the best superhero movie ever.” —Tri-City Herald

Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine is incredibly satisfying.

“Jackman’s performance is Clint Eastwood-esque, and the lines in Jackman’s face tell the story of his worn character; he plays Wolverine as a man at the end of his line, adding at least a decade to his 48 years.” —Detroit News

“’Logan’ is as understated a masterpiece as there’s ever been, delivering the Wolverine film we’ve all been waiting for, and if this truly is Hugh Jackman’s final time playing him, he has definitely left the series on a high note.” —Starburst

It’s so many movies rolled into one — and it totally works.

“’Logan’ is a family drama, an action thriller and an epic superhero story. If this is indeed Jackman’s last Wolverine film, he’s going out in heartfelt, high-class style.” —Associated Press

“On its own terms, Logan is a crackerjack piece of work: The dialogue is crisp, the staging snappy, and the action scenes really pop.” —Vulture

The ambitious script is crucial to the success of the movie.

“Logan was written by Scott Frank, Mr. Mangold, and Michael Green. Their script is the crucial ingredient of this impressive production, a model of ambition, complexity, and old-fashioned showmanship that’s matched by Mr. Mangold’s direction.” —Wall Street Journal

The actions works, but so does the drama.

“While there are action sequences, the quiet moments work best. One gets a ‘Shawshank’ vibe as the men longingly look into one another’s eyes expressing platonic love as only two original X-Men can. Yes, fanboy, this movie is for you, and count me in.” —Daily Film Mix

“Entertaining as they are, Marvel movies aren’t expected to be this mature, this dark or this human. This is a bold, coherent story inspired by a comic book, not slavishly based on it.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chapter 9- The Action Day

“And now Watson, I am content to go to the opera and have dinner at Marini’s before another dreadful case comes in our way”

Chapter 9- The Action Day

It was about five in the morning and I could not sleep. Suddenly there was a loud tap at the window. It turned the blood to ice in my veins. I crawled to the window with my pistol.

“Oh! Come on Watson, open up.”

Ah! Holmes. Of course, I opened the window. He jumped inside.

“It’s cold outside and I thought I should stay inside.” said he.

“You are mighty close about this affair Holmes. What’s in the game now?” I asked.

“I have already informed Lestrade. It’s going to be a foggy day today. You just need to be on your schedule and leave the rest to me.” he smiled.

It was a foggy day indeed as Holmes had predicted and Lestrade had his excuse. James was as frightened as ever. We started for the station but we could not find a cab. Must be Holmes. We walked to the station. I saw something of Holmes sitting about 20 metres away from me. I relaxed. At the instant James gave a spine shuddering yell and threw himself face downward. I sprang, my inert hand grasping my pistol, my mind paralyzed by the dreadful creature which had sprang upon James. It was a leopard and it glowing bright crimson red. With long bounds it was leaping after James. I fired at it. It snarled. I thought the bullet hit it in the hind leg. Suddenly Holmes appeared.

He fired about six barrels of his revolver at the creature’s throat. It fell down dead. James made a weak effort to stand. Holmes thrust his brandy flask between his teeth.

“What is it Mr Holmes?” he asked

“We have laid the family ghost once and for all.”

“This is some kind of concentrate.” Arthur said. He collected a powder from the creature’s body.

“Strontium aluminate.” replied Holmes.” Mr James, you must wait here until I return, the rest of the work must be done.”

“It’s already done.” said Lestrade. “When Mr Holmes was battling the leopard, I thought that I should make myself useful. I chased Mortimer into a morass which sucked him in. he is now forever buried in it.” Lestrade sniggered winningly.

We found many traces of Mortimer in the forest later on. We found his cottage. We found the strontium aluminate paste in a jar which was used to make the leopard look hellish. A case had been solved once again with Holmes’ intelligence.

“And now Watson, I am content to go to the opera and have dinner at Marini’s before another dreadful case comes in our way”

Chapter 8- The Return of Holmes

“Where were you doctor ? We thought you were now in the leopard’s stomach.” Lestrade laughed.
“I didn’t realize when I got lost. At least I found my way back without being eaten.” I said.

Chapter 8- The Return of Holmes

I knew this voice out of all the voices on earth. I hardly believed my ears but I had witnessed this before. “Holmes!” I almost shouted. I came out of my hiding place. He was sitting on the chair, smoking his favourite pipe. I could sense that he was amused. He had grown thinner than usual and was wearing a tweed suit like a tourist.

“I had no idea that you found my cottage and were sitting in ambush until about fifteen paces away.” he said.

“My hat, I presume?” I asked.

“No Watson not your hat. Your hat I saw much later near the door. I have already told you before. If you desire to deceive me, you must change your tobacconist.” he said innocently.

“Did you really go for the case of Mr Peter?” I asked.

“Nope. There is no such dispute which is troubling Peter right now. I found out that as long as I am there in the scene, the murderer won’t do anything. So I felt that it was better to leave the residence but not go more than a few miles away. I now know that he will know that you all are going out of Bohemia and so he shall act tomorrow. You must pretend that you know nothing. Continue with your schedule. You must return now to the Stoner’s mansion.”

I returned to the mansion more happy than angry that Holmes had tricked me. AGAIN.I found everyone at place, all worried about me.

“Where were you doctor ? We thought you were now in the leopard’s stomach.” Lestrade laughed.

“I didn’t realize when I got lost. At least I found my way back without being eaten.” I said.

“We should now rest for we have a busy day tomorrow.” James said

“Of course! Tomorrow will be a day of much importance indeed.” I smiled.

 

Chapter 7- The Confusion

“It’s not the right time for an ambush, Dr Watson.” said a voice which was known very well to me.

Chapter 7- The Confusion

The next morning we woke up as usual. During breakfast at the hall, Holmes startled us.

“Mr James, I have received a telegram from the clergyman of Cornwallis regarding a family dispute between the Tregennis; Brenda, Owen and George. I have to reach there today itself. Watson here will take care of you and I will send Inspector Lestrade to you. He will reach here by midnight. I will try to return as soon as possible.” Holmes said.

James was taken aback. I was confused. Holmes always liked me to join him in his cases and this one seemed important. This may be one of his plans or maybe not, who knows? After breakfast we went upstairs.

“You must not let James go out of your sight and always keep your revolver with you.” Holmes said.

“But are you really going to Cornwallis?” I asked. Sherlock Holmes just smiled. One thing I have always hated about Holmes is that despite the amount of trust he has put on me, he never discloses all his plans.

Arthur went with Holmes to the station. Holmes was still smiling and James was more terrified than ever. We didn’t went out again. Lestrade reached at half past eleven at night. That made us feel better. Lestrade was perhaps the best detective after Holmes but he depended on his brute strength unlike Holmes who played the mind game. The next seven days were of no importance.

I had woken up early in the morning one day and was sipping my favourite cup of coffee.

Arthur bought a letter which was addressed to me –

Dear Watson,

I hope everything is fine there. The clergyman’s case will take several more days. So I think all of you should come here before something unfortunate happens. Come by the evening train tomorrow.

Sherlock Holmes

I showed the letter to Lestrade. He agreed with me. Sam booked four tickets for us- James, Lestrade, Arthur and I.

James wanted to visit the nearby forest for the last time. Everyone except Lestrade and I agreed. So we had to go with him.

“Are you armed Lestrade?” asked I.

“As long as I have my trousers, I have my hip pocket and as long as I have my hip pocket, I have my .44 in it.” he smiled.

We entered the forest. We had a strange feeling of being followed. Suddenly Arthur screamed. We looked where he signaled. There was a tall man standing about 100 m from us. Lestrade suggested following him. We pursued the man but he had vanished. We started running in his direction and didn’t realize that that we had changed our directions. I saw a tiny bit of light. I walked in that direction. I saw a small hut there and entered it. There was nothing else except a chair, some books and food. This must be the house of the murderer. I took my revolver and hid myself in the darkest corner. I was ready to shoot the brains out of the murderer. I heard footsteps and it paused indicating that he had stopped. And I realized that in the hurry I had left my hat outside. But it didn’t matter now. The footsteps continued and stopped right outside the door.

“It’s not the right time for an ambush, Dr Watson.” said a voice which was known very well to me.