n Agatha Christie's detective novel Murder on the Orient Express
, investigator Hercule Poirot is initially nonplussed by a murder victim who seems to have died from several stab wounds.
Some wounds are deep, while some are from barely minor blows.
Some stabs seem to have been inflicted by right-handers and others by a left-hander.
Before long, Poirot has 12 suspects - each with a motive, but all with convincing alibis - and a stalemate. It is only when he puts all the facts together that he arrives at an unusual conclusion: all of them did it.
All of the 12 suspects were extracting revenge on behalf of a three-year-old girl who was kidnapped and killed by the gangster - the stab victim on the Orient Express.
If one were to ask, 'Who killed Air India?' the answer would have to be something similar - perhaps all of them.
Further, if we were to ask if it was murder or suicide, the answer would have to be that it was both. Text
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: Air India Excerpted with permission from The Descent of Air India, a collaboration between Bloomsbury India and Business Standard Books
Author: Jitender Bhargava
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
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