The Case of the Missing Servant

by Tarquin Hall

If you like the themes and talk of the 'new India' spelled out for you in a gentle, funny, accessible way, and if you want the goondas to meet their just desserts, then this is for you. Vish Puri, founder and managing director of Most Private Investigators Ltd makes his debut in what will surely be the first of many cases.


Chanakya, Puri explained, had recommended numerous disguises to be adopted while conducting clandestine operations.
'Brothel keepers, storytellers, acrobats, cooks, shampooers, reciters of puranas, cowherds, monks, elephant handlers, thieves, snake catchers and even gods, to name just a few,' he said. 'For agents planning to infiltrate a city, Chanakya suggested adopting the cover of a trader; those working on the frontiers should pose as herdsmen. When a secret agent needed to infiltrate a private household, he urged the use of - and I quote - "hunchbacks, dwarfs, eunuchs, women skilled in various arts, and dumb persons".'


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