Ten Days in October

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Main Characters in the Novel

New station in-charge of Sangamner police station, Inspector Shivaji Chavan. He loves to ride his bullet. Chavan believes that it isn’t such a big deal if those who have, were forced to share some of their wealth.

Seasoned sub-inspector Patil. He knows the town, the people and the system. He also has Chavan's trust to handle both investigative and surreptitious matters. Patil delivers when Chavan needs him.

Old and experienced head constable Kadam. He knows the ins and outs of the job and isn’t afraid of the senior officer. Kadam's experience and thorough knowledge of procedures makes him a valuable asset.

Constable Gayakwad. He is smart and and eager to take on new work. The system hasn't dampened Gayakwad's enthusiasm yet. He is always trying to think out of the box and come up with ideas.

Madhuri, Chavan's wife and mother of their son Adi. A friend and strong emotional support, she understands Chavan better than he does himself. A devout Hindu, Madhuri prays to the Gods everyday.



Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. 

The prominent story associated with Navratri is the battle that took place between goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura, who represents egotism. All the nine days of  the festival are dedicated to each distinct avatar of the goddess; and each of these days has a significant colour attached to it, which devotees are expected to wear while taking part in the festivities.


Food from the Novel

Masala Chai
Sabudana Khichadi
Sabudana Vada