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    The man with salt and pepper beard hoodwinked me so easily

    My field training started yesterday. Yesterday, my handler took me to the Pansari Bazaar (one of the most famous and oldest markets of Jaisalmer) and ordered me to explore the market and prepare a mental map of it and the surrounding lanes and bylanes. I recalled whatever I learnt in my theoretical training classes and explored the market, mentally noted some important crossings and shops for future identification. I was happy with my detailed exploration of the ethnic items market. I also noted that the market got closed after 6 p.m.

    Today morning, at around 10 a.m., my handler dropped me again at Pansari Bazaar. The market was just opening. Suddenly, my handler pointed out to a man purchasing cigarette from a kiosk barely 150 meters away. The identified person was a middle-aged man with salt and pepper beard, wearing a simple shirt and trouser and normal office shoes. He was carrying a bag. Anybody could easily understand that he was not a local man. My handler ordered me to follow the man throughout the day and submit a report on his activities at 8 p.m. to him. In the market full of local people, the middle-aged man with salt and pepper beard was easily identifiable and I thought that it would be a child's play to track that man.

    First one and a half hour was easy. I maintained a reasonable distance and followed the man from shop to shop, kiosk to kiosk. But suddenly I lost him at the entrance of the biggest shop in the market. He was inspecting the mannequins for a quite long time and I became unattentive for a few seconds. I completely lost the man. I thought that the man could be found because of his distinguishable salt and pepper beard and different dress. But I completely failed.

    I tried to find him in every shop. I checked the lanes and bylanes during the harsh noon of the desert city. I continued searching that elusive salt and pepper beard even after the market was closed. Ultimately, I returned to the Field Training School, tired and dejected. I had to prepare my failure report and submit it to my handler.

    In the Reception of the School, the male receptionist asked me to report to my handler at Chamber No. 1. I knocked at the door and entered. I was astonished. My handler was talking to the same middle-aged man with salt and pepper beard. The man smiled at me and said: "So, even now I can beat the best cadet of the training school in the tracking game." I was perplexed. My handler also smiled and introduced me with the man: "Cadet No. 6, meet the Regional Director of the Bureau. He is really impressed by your performance and tenacity. You could keep track of him for more than one hour and then methodically tried to find him the entire day".

    The man with salt and pepper beard shook my hand and said: "Great job done. Wish you all the success in this dangerous profession".

    (Competition entry for Salt and Pepper ToW Competition)
  • #663919
    A good narration of the story by the author. The man with Salt and Pepper beard was noticing the person but the person thought he was tracking that man. Very interesting. All the best to the author.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #663920
    Nice. The salt and pepper beard man could not be tracked by a bald man for long, but the S&P B man could track and escape from the B man successfully throughout the day. Beard wins over the Bald. (just kidding, no offense meant)
    No life without Sun

  • #663926
    Very good narration. Engrossing and interesting. Story line is very interesting and end is unexpected. A good post.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #663941
    From the responses, it is clear that at least three Members have read this story. Now a quiz: Can anyone tell me what sort of training is the protagonist (Cadet No. 6) undergoing? What does the training school teach?
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)

  • #664212
    It is a detective story. You have kept the suspense intact till the end. Loved it.
    I think the cadet was undergoing training of catching a criminal who is a trainee of the CID branch.

    shampasaid

  • #664219
    Ms. Shampa Sadhya: Very nice and almost accurate try, but not fully correct.
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)

  • #664245
    The nice story narrated by the author. Actually, when you came back and found that salt and pepper beard man also in the chamber no. 1 he thought that you were successful and found him and didn't give a clue that you failed and came back to the school.
    Sanjeev

    " We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
    – Abraham Lincoln

  • #664249
    Mr. Gupta: Tell me about the training. Which training is going on?
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)

  • #664250
    You didn't ask about the training in the post? But I think you were going through the training given to the detectives, armed force or police force.
    Sanjeev

    " We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
    – Abraham Lincoln

  • #664251
    No, I asked the question in my subsequent response #663941. Can you tell me?
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)

  • #664272
    Partha, I have already replied in one of my response. I think you didn't read it.
    Sanjeev

    " We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
    – Abraham Lincoln

  • #664276
    Yes, I have read your answer. But I want a more specific and accurate answer. You can attempt again.
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)

  • #664573
    No other Member is attempting. So, it's time to announce the answer. The training school trains the cadets about various aspects of becoming a spy (spycraft). In this particular incident, the training is on following a suspect (known as object) without creating suspicion in his/her mind and also how to hoodwink the tracker by the object.
    'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)


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