Shivaji had become a cop to make his parents happy. But, instead of blaming them for ruining his life, he dedicated his career in ruining the lives of misogynists that blame women for all offences meted on them and sympathize with the hormonally imbalanced culprits – in other words, the geriatric Khaps. Every week he would go to villages force-feeding chowmein to the custodians of women’s morality. Anyone who dared refuse him was subjected to a heeling experience by Shivaji’s six inch stilettoes and made to read Arundhati Roy’s 69 page essay ‘Algebra of Infinite Injustice’ translated in Hindi.
Other than gastroenteritis, no one had any other complaints. The hormone levels remained the same but the Khaps were now grudgingly accepting that men could be responsible for rapes. Women were still getting killed for honour and lust but they could now die in peace without having to put up with the ignominy of being held responsible for their own deaths. Shivaji was now planning to urge all the Khaps to ditch their pagdis and dhotis for Jeans. He felt, with the right part of the body getting aired, he could usher in winds of change and put an end to love within your Gotra or else die mindsets.
Life was rambling along peacefully like a tractor on mustard fields till one not so fine morning it was toppled over with the news of Munni’s disappearance. Munni, a young spunky girl from Jharsa, had won Shivaji’s heart by tying a Rakhi. She was the sister he never had. Both would often go shopping together followed by golgappas and lots of selfies.
Shivaji was now a man on a mission possible, ruthlessly interrogating Munni’s friends and Facebook friends till he stumbled upon a lead that takes him to the many lanes and bye-lanes of Chandni Chowk and a quick tasty stop at Paranthe wali gali. Just as he was preparing to click photos of the yummy thali with its assortment of chutneys and sabzis, he caught a glimpse of a pair of embroidered jeans that it could only be Munni’s, hanging from the telephone wires overhead. In retrospect, Shivaji thinks that it was part of God’a plan to make his stomach grumble just as he was passing Paranthe wali gali. Had he not made that fateful stop there, he would never had caught Bangaali, the dreaded bride trafficker, who exported Haryanvi brides, a novelty for ineligible bachelors in Best Bengal.
It wasn’t easy. After long arduous climbs up the winding stairs of the many dilapidated buildings in the vicinity, it was the strains of Robindro Shongeet coming from behind one of the doors that lead to his breakthrough moment. Bangaali was not an easy nut to crack. Shivaji had to drag him all the way to the Jalebi wala and threaten to dunk him in the bubbling cauldron of oil along with the jalebis, before he could make him spill the beans.
Unfortunately he was too late in rescuing Munni. Actually Munni refused to come back to her hometown. She had fallen in love with her new husband and fish that she’d have for breakfast lunch and dinner. She now wonders how she survived so long without fish.
Shivaji Roye had done that no policeman in Haryana had done before and tried looking for a missing person, that too a girl, with no high-up connections. With Bangaali behind bars, he had secured the future of Haryanvi men and to-be born Haryanvi baby boys by putting a stop to bride trafficking that was endangering a rare species called women in Haryana.
He was honoured with the title of Janaani, for tackling this case with sensitivity, by Chief Minister Hooda, at a function attended only by male VIPs.
Life is back to normal now. Shivaji is back to doing what he does best. In fact, his last experiment with Maggi Oats Masala, endorsed by Madhuri Dixit was such a hit that Haryana khaps have refused to support a diktat by a khap of Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) that banned the use of mobile phones and wearing of jeans by unmarried girls. Girls have equal rights as boys, Haryana khaps have conceded.
Shivaji is now looking for a new Rakhi sister. It’s been long since he clicked a selfie.