Hooghly's Child (4)
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  There were a few houses here, mostly inhabited by students who frequented the University. One of his comrades, an instructor, lived there, and Azad had to communicate to him a message with particulars of the venue of their next meeting. It had become necessary in recent months to change the location of each meeting, and members codified their messages using a cipher that was also renewed regularly. It was all scribbled on a sheet of paper that Azad carried on his person. He stopped at his friend’s house. When no one answered the door, he slid the sheet under it before backtracking to College Street, heading South with the idea of taking Sealdah road back to his home. It was half past nine and the roads were dark and deserted, lit only by a waning full moon that slipped in and out of the clouds. The b...

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