As I entered the hotel, the manager came running towards me.
“Oh Aishwarya madam, you had been away for too late. Is everything okay?”
I informed the manger to send someone to bring back my broken car in the morning, and having taken the keys from him, I went to my room, without any talk of that old dog’s incident.
I need a hot bath! Where’s my face wash? I rummaged through my hand bag and threw aside the tiny piece of crumbled newspaper on the bed. Oh I had forgotten about it. Any ways, let me first take a shower.
But the lamp light gleamed upon it and two year old news report revealed two photos: a pretty young girl like me and an elderly man. OMG! That’s the man who gave me lift!
I picked up the paper and began to read:
Daughter of Hotel Tycoon Found Dead
Ms Sakshi Saxena (20), the only daughter of the renowned hotel tycoon, Mr Rajesh Saxena (58) was found dead last night, lying alone in the murky street two blocks away from Hotel Exotica in Delhi, a part of Jubilanta group owned by Mr Saxena. The marks on her body, though yet to be confirmed, also supposedly suggest sexual assault on her, who was on a business trip to the metropolitan city.
Ms Pooja, one of the co-workers of Ms Saxena, told us that about the profound relationship between the father & daughter, and also how he had expressed his unwillingness to let her daughter go to the big city for business trip. “Uncle loved Sakshi very much. He couldn’t bear any separation from her. Even when he melted in front of Sakshi’s stubbornness to go, he used to daily call her and had booked rooms for her at their own hotel.
The police are continuing with their investigation. “We have found some evidence like traces of blood, patches of sole, and torn piece of shirt , that suggests that criminal was an old man in late fifties. The forensic report and post-mortem report are yet to come, that we might add substance to our case.
Mr Saxena, the owner of 37 hotels spread all over the country, upon hearing the news, is reported to go in deep trauma, resulting in loss of sanity. Before he was admitted in the hospital for treatment, his last words quoted in front of the media were, “She will come back. Look, I have even bought her an Audi for gift. I am not a fool. She will come back!”
With wet eyes, I kept the paper aside and with a heart heavy with guilt, I stared in the mirror. Resolved not to judge people by sight, I admitted I was wrong. Not all men are dogs.
© Story by Manas Madrecha