|13 January 2016|
The US has Spade and Marlowe. Sweden has Salander and Blomkvist. France can proffer Lecoq and Dupin, and Japan Yukawa. Looming over them all, and holding fort for England, is the ubiquitous Holmes. Who do we have to show, then?
We have Byomkesh Bakshi. And for him we can be proud.
Byomkesh is the classical fictional detective. In the stories, spanning the early 1940s to the 1960s, he is a private investigator with a sharp, analytical bent of mind. He uses intuition and logical analysis to solve his cases – circumstantial evidence is a good ally, and in some stories, he goes to pains to get actual evidence. His stories are written by his friend Ajit Bandyopadhyay, who also assists him in his cases. Shades of Holmes and Watson? There will be – the writer of the Byomkesh mysteries, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay has acknowledged Conan Doyle as his inspiration for the characters.