For review of the first story Daler Mujrim, please read this post.
Khuafnaak Jungle is a routine murder mystery. It opens as a man, Randheer Singh arrives at a railway station and informs about a dead body in the jungle. When they place party arrives at the jungle, things are not as reported. Suddenly, there’s firing. One constable gets hurt but the police party saves itself.
The investigations don’t lead to any success, and hence the CBI is roped in. Being observant, Faridi identifies a few misconducts right at the beginning. On surface, it is a murder mystery, who-dun-it, and the culprit isn’t hard to guess. The murderer keeps twisting the situations to misguide the investigations. Faridi, however, is undeterred and sets out to unfold the mystery, one clue after the other.
There is a rich landlord Dilbeer Singh; a widow Saroj who was married to a renowned scientist; a girl Bimla who was visiting her friend; and her fiance Randheer Singh who wanted to meet her but loses his life. In the end, it is revealed that a bunch of goons were operating together and killed a bunch of people for secrecy.
I know I claim to love his work, and I am a big fan even though I don’t like some of the stories. This one was one of those stories that I hated. I must admit, I read this very recently, when I was on a mission to READ EVERYTHING by Ibn-e-Safi. I just didn’t like the series of events. There were too many things happening without leading to anything concrete. The other story that I absoltely HATE, is Khatarnaak Boodha; and Masnooyi Naak by extension. I find the story line of those two very absurd, but more on that later.
Although the mystery elements were dull, the banter between Hameed and Faridi to lighten up your mood. I wish my boss was as good as Faridi. Sigh!
This story also establishes Hameed as a perpetual love-struck young man who cannot seem to control his tongue when women are around. Faridi, on the contrary, seems to derive pleasure from surrounding himself with danger.
Just like the previous story, this story also reminds us that Faridi isn’t interested in getting promoted. He doesn’t want monies either. He belongs to a rich family and the money and properties he has inherited are enough to last for seven generations. It is his khoji nature that has forced him to be an inspector. We are introduced to his other quirks – dogs, snakes, and whatnot.
That concludes the review for Khaufnaak Jungle – the second story of the first issue. What do others feels about this one?