Room Number Three

This is a cove picture of a book by Hemendrakumar Roy I don't enjoy ghost stories; they scare me. But if I have to stay at a hotel and I don't get a good room to my liking, I would not mind telling a ghost story.

Sounds cryptic; does it not? But read the story, and you will know what I am trying to tell. I am afraid this is a bad translation of a ghost story by Hemendrakumar Roy, a favourite writer of children's detective and adventure stories. I hope it offers at least a flavour of the original story. The narrator of the story and his friend, Sachin, are on a visit to Puri. But the hotels are full, and there are no rooms available. The manager of the hotel, where Sachin is a regular client, regrets that other than an uncomfortable, dark, and stuffy room, there were no other rooms available.

But a man must have a roof over his head. The narrator and Sachin agree to take this room. Sachin finds the hotel room so intolerable that he feels he will die if he were to stay there. So, what does Sachin do? He tells a ghost story.

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Pocketful of Brains

Funny picture of a dog wearing a hat A lawyer friend narrated this story about two friends Sachin and Vivek.

Sachin is a tall and handsome man of 30; he is not very bright and loses his temper at the drop of a hat. Vivek is a short man; he is witty, and he is also around 30. Both are practicing lawyers; Vivek is an assistant public prosecutor. Sachin and Vivek are sworn rivals while in the courtroom, but the best of friends outside, and can often be seen having tea together in the court's canteen.

On many occasions, when Sachin represented a client as a defence counsel, Vivek had to represent the state against him.

It was one such occasion. Sachin was forcefully arguing his client's side in the courtroom. Vivek has this nasty habit of interrupting, and he was doing so now...

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Secret Code

Just some gibberish using special characters This is really simple; even I could solve it! It is somewhat tedious though.

This is a message written in a secret code. Each number stands for a particular letter of the alphabet. The clue is a list of words with their numerical values. This means that the numercial equivalents of the letters add up to the number. As an example, FLIGHT = 82, which means the numerical equivalents of F, L, I, G, H, and T add up to 82. The numerical equivalents of three letters are given: E = 2, R = 20, and T = 12. You have to find the numerical equivalents of the remaining 23 letters and decipher the message.

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