Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries ePUB

Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries Never Judge A Book By Its Cover This book was a gift and it stayed on my shelf unread for a year because the cover looks really boring and I also thought that this might be the old fashioned type BUT am so happy it proved me wrong..The stories are based in a pre independent Calcutta and it was amazing to read such a work of art In short this book is a work of contemporary fiction penned down before its time. Le doy 4 estrellas por una mezcla de factor nostalgia m s me he entretenido much simo ley ndolo El libro es una compilaci n de ocho relatos cortos protagonizados por el detective Byomkesh Bakshi y que tienen el sabor de las historias cl sicas de Conan Doyle De hecho, a Byomkesh Bakshi se le suele llamar el Sherlock Holmes hind Solo que a m Byomkesh babu me cae mejor que Holmes es m s abierto, m s amable, menos arrogante y trata mejor a su ayudante Ajit que es quien narra la historia, Le doy 4 estrellas por una mezcla de factor nostalgia m s me he entretenido much simo ley ndolo El libro es una compilaci n de ocho relatos cortos protagonizados por el detective Byomkesh Bakshi y que tienen el sabor de las historias cl sicas de Conan Doyle De hecho, a Byomkesh Bakshi se le suele llamar el Sherlock Holmes hind Solo que a m Byomkesh babu me cae mejor que Holmes es m s abierto, m s amable, menos arrogante y trata mejor a su ayudante Ajit que es quien narra la historia, como Watson Y adem s, se hecha novia.Los relatos nos narran las peripecias de Byomkesh un Inquisidor, un Buscador de la Verdad y su ayudante y narrador de la historia Ajit en la India de la primera mitad del siglo XX preindependencia de la India, excepto el ltimo relato, que se desarrolla tras la independencia De hecho, la mayor parte de la acci n se sucede en Calcuta, que era es territorio bengal As que las historias tienen un sabor cl sico en cuanto a los misterios, pero desarroll ndose en un escenario ex tico Los casos se narran de forma gil y divertida, y muchas veces el lector es capaz de adivinar al sospechoso o lo que ocurri al mismo tiempo que el detective, si bien en bastantes ocasiones el m vil es desconocido Esto puede ser un problema para la gente que prefiere los puzles muy complejos o intrincados, pero a m me ha gustado Me hac a sentir inteligente De hecho, este libro es ideal para iniciar a los chavales en el g nero, porque se divertir n al tiempo que se sentir n detectives de verdad.En definitiva, este libro contiene una serie de misterios cl sicos en los que aparecer n c rteles de la droga, traiciones, celos, codicia todo en la mejor tradici n de Conan Doyle La edici n est bien, y me gusta la iniciativa de la editorial Quaterni de traer detectives o misterios detectivescos que se desarrollan en pa ses ex ticos Tambi n me gusta que como t tulo eligieran el del caso del veneno de la tar ntula , porque me pareci muy divertido I bought this book for reliving the sheer thrill of those good old days when serial such as Byomkesh Bakshi used to be shown on DD and were the staple diet for growing kids like me The translation of stories from Bangla is quite lucid and keeps the tension and uncertainity of the TV serial intact Those who are familiar with Kolkata and Bengali culture in general can relate to the various places and situations mentioned in the book I hopesuch translations of this hidden gem are undertake I bought this book for reliving the sheer thrill of those good old days when serial such as Byomkesh Bakshi used to be shown on DD and were the staple diet for growing kids like me The translation of stories from Bangla is quite lucid and keeps the tension and uncertainity of the TV serial intact Those who are familiar with Kolkata and Bengali culture in general can relate to the various places and situations mentioned in the book I hopesuch translations of this hidden gem are undertaken in near future so that kids nowadays can come to know that our very own home grown Byomkeshda was at par if not better than Mr Holmes of 221B Baker Street I absolutely loved this collection of mysteries about Byomkesh Bakshi Not only were the stories engaging, and quite charming, I felt that I learned a number of new things about Indian life I had my phone right next to me so that I could look up the meanings of a number of words that I wasn t familiar with, from food to housing.I am most appreciative to a dear friend from India who sent me this copy I will be looking forByomkesh mysteries soon Among the many mystery books that I have read, I will rank Byomkesh Bakshi at par with Sherlock Holmes The problem, the pursuit of the solution and Byomkesh s ability to come up with the answer is completely mesmerizing As the translator as perfectly said in the forward, Byomkesh Bakshi portrays the picture of middle class Bengali youth before and after Independence perfectly Byomkesh and Ajit definitely is a pair like Holmes and Dr Watson but in many ways quite different also Byoemkesh is Among the many mystery books that I have read, I will rank Byomkesh Bakshi at par with Sherlock Holmes The problem, the pursuit of the solution and Byomkesh s ability to come up with the answer is completely mesmerizing As the translator as perfectly said in the forward, Byomkesh Bakshi portrays the picture of middle class Bengali youth before and after Independence perfectly Byomkesh and Ajit definitely is a pair like Holmes and Dr Watson but in many ways quite different also Byoemkesh is not Sherlock Holmes in the sense that he is capable of very human emotions and logic doesn t overtake him like Holmes But his uncanny ability to observe, hide under pseudonyms and follow the perpetrator is just as praiseworthy as Holmes.I watched the television show when I was in school This book took me back to the memory lane Though all the stories in this book are already made into TV show episodes, the charm is nonetheless same I enjoyed reading Byomkesh s adventures and hope everyone will too This translated book contains the first few stories of Byomkesh with the first one The Inquisitor introducing the detective and his accomplice Ajit to the readers One also comes across the event which leads Byomkesh to meet his wife, Satyaboti, in one of the seven short mysteries Notable ones are The Gramaphone Pin Mystery, The Venom of the Tarantula and Calamity Strikes. They have tea multiple times in each story I WANT TO HAVE TEA IN KOLKATA ALL THROUGH THE DAY YAAR Delectable stories The selection of stories was good We get to know how Byomkeshbabu gets to meet Ajitbabu and Satyaboti Some stories even have links in subsequent stories, which only serves to tickle the senses even further A very good companion to curl up on the bed with a tea on a cold and lazy afternoon I felt that Sreejeet Guha did a much better translation here than in her later work, The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries It felt that the translator tried to mirror the Delectable stories The selection of stories was good We get to know how Byomkeshbabu gets to meet Ajitbabu and Satyaboti Some stories even have links in subsequent stories, which only serves to tickle the senses even further A very good companion to curl up on the bed with a tea on a cold and lazy afternoon I felt that Sreejeet Guha did a much better translation here than in her later work, The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries It felt that the translator tried to mirror the words of the author as closely as possible, which is always a commendable thing in translations, so the readers of the translated works can get as unadulterated stuff as possible.A must read andso if you re a fan of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay This is the first book I read for Diverse Detectives Month Or rather the first three books I decided to start with a book which had a collection of Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries After finishing one book, I decided to read another and then another I think there are only three translated collections of Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries in English Now I have read them all The three books I read were Picture Imperfect , The Menagerie and The Rhythm of Riddles The first two were translated by Sreej This is the first book I read for Diverse Detectives Month Or rather the first three books I decided to start with a book which had a collection of Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries After finishing one book, I decided to read another and then another I think there are only three translated collections of Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries in English Now I have read them all The three books I read were Picture Imperfect , The Menagerie and The Rhythm of Riddles The first two were translated by Sreejata Guha, who was probably the first to translate Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries into English twenty years back, and then continued translating other Bengali classics into English The third book was translated by Arunava Sinha, who is the current doyen of Bengali English translators The first book had seven stories, the second one four, and the third one three that is fourteen stories in all The first collection mostly had stories from the first part of Saradindu Bandyopadhyay s career, from 1932 to 1937 The second collection had stories from the second part of his career, from 1952 onwards The last story in the second collection was written in 1967.Byomkesh Bakshi was one of the first Indian fictional detectives The first Byomkesh Bakshi mystery appeared in 1932 and the last one in 1969 There was a break of fifteen years between 1937 and 1952, when Saradindu Bandyopadhyay went to write screenplays for Bollywood, but he came back and continued from where he left off While reading the stories, it is hard not to spot similarities between Byomkesh and Sherlock Holmes the way the character gets introduced first, the way the narrator Ajit and Byomkesh become roommates There is even a police officer similar to Lestrade who creates problems for Byomkesh Sometimes, Byomkesh wakes up Ajit in the middle of the night, or early in the morning, to go out on a mission He doesn t say, Wake up, Ajit The game is afoot though However, as we readstories, we discover that the two series diverge, because Byomkesh and his friend Ajit are quintessentially Indian and Bengali In many stories, at some point we can make a list of suspects, and typically the culprit is one of them But it is hard to guess who Saradindu Bandyopadhyay almost never cheats by bringing an unknown character from outside the main cast and declaring he she is the culprit Which us a wonderful thing There are beautiful, humorous passages in many of the stories, and though things get lost in translation which is one of the essential aspects of humour, that it gets lost in translation , the humour typically peeps out through the translated English sentences and is a pleasure to read.Some of the stories in the book are short, but others are long, while some approach the length of a novella I liked the stories from both the time periods, but I think I liked the longer storiesthan the shorter ones In one story, which runs tothan a hundred pages, called The Quills of the Porcupine , Byomkesh Bakshi and Ajit come only in the beginning and in the end The middle, which is the biggest part of the story, features a young couple who are newly married, and describes how their relationship evolves If we remove the mystery aspect of the story, it almost reads like the story told in one of my favourite Tamil movies, Mouna Ragam I wonder whether Maniratnam just lifted Saradindu Bandyopadhyay s story maybe from its film adaptation , made some changes to it and called it Mouna Ragam If that is true, then it will be onecase of a famous Tamil movie being a copycat of another I feel sad just contemplating on it The longest story in the book is The Menagerie , which runs tothan 150 pages It has a complex plot with many murders and suspects and an ending which is hard to guess It was made into a famous movie by Satyajit Ray, and I want to watch that sometime I enjoyed reading these three Byomkesh Bakshi mystery collections It was interesting to read about India of a different time, and about this famous detective, or truth seeker as he called himself, and how he discovered the truth about strange happenings, and how he brought bad guys to book, with a little help from friends There is an acclaimed TV adaptation of the Byomkesh Bakshi stories starring Rajat Kapoor I think I have watched one or two episodes of it I hope to watch it properly one of these days.Have you read Byomkesh Bakshi stories What do you think about them Which ones are your favourites Classic tales of crime detection featuring Byomkesh Bakshi, the master inquisitorWritten long before Satyajit Ray s Feluda series, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay s Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries heralded a new era in Bengali popular fiction Set in the old world Calcutta of the Raj, these stories featuring the astute investigator and his chronicler friend Ajit are still as gripping and delightful as when they first appearedByomkesh s world, peopled with wonderfully delineated characters and framed by a brilliantly captured pre Independence urban milieu, is fascinating because of its contemporary flavor In the first story, Byomkesh works undercover to expose an organized crime ring trafficking in drugs In The Gramophone Pin Mystery , he must put his razor sharp intellect to good use to unearth the pattern behind a series of bizarre roadside murders In Calamity Strikes , the ace detective is called upon to investigate the strange and sudden death of a girl in a neighbour s kitchen In the next story, he has to lock horns with an old enemy who has vowed to kill him with an innocuous but deadly weapon And in Picture Imperfect , Byomkesh Bakshi unravels a complex mystery involving a stolen group photograph, an amorous couple, and an apparently unnecessary murderAvailable in English for the first time in a superb translation, these stories will captivate every lover of crime fiction, young and old alike [KINDLE] ❆ Snowbound with the Sheriff By Lauri Robinson – Kleankitchen.co.uk the master inquisitorWritten long before Satyajit Ray s Feluda series ➾ [Download] ➾ Storybook Dad By Laura Bradford ➳ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Saradindu Bandyopadhyay s Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries heralded a new era in Bengali popular fiction Set in the old world Calcutta of the Raj ❰Download❯ ➸ A Midnight Clear / Remembering Red Thunder / Silent Surrender Author Anne Stuart – Kleankitchen.co.uk these stories featuring the astute investigator and his chronicler friend Ajit are still as gripping and delightful as when they first appearedByomkesh s world ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Good Father (Where Secrets Are Safe By Tara Taylor Quinn ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk peopled with wonderfully delineated characters and framed by a brilliantly captured pre Independence urban milieu ❮Read❯ ➫ His Secret Alaskan Heiress (Alaskan Grooms Author Belle Calhoune – Kleankitchen.co.uk is fascinating because of its contemporary flavor In the first story ❰Download❯ ✤ A Baby for Mommy Author Sara Orwig – Kleankitchen.co.uk Byomkesh works undercover to expose an organized crime ring trafficking in drugs In The Gramophone Pin Mystery ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ An Act of Love By Marion Ekholm ⚣ – Kleankitchen.co.uk he must put his razor sharp intellect to good use to unearth the pattern behind a series of bizarre roadside murders In Calamity Strikes ❃ [EPUB] ✻ The Virgin And The Outlaw By Eileen Wilks ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk the ace detective is called upon to investigate the strange and sudden death of a girl in a neighbour s kitchen In the next story [Reading] ➷ An Act Of Love By Marion Ekholm – Kleankitchen.co.uk he has to lock horns with an old enemy who has vowed to kill him with an innocuous but deadly weapon And in Picture Imperfect [Download] ➺ A Silken Thread By Brenda Jackson – Kleankitchen.co.uk Byomkesh Bakshi unravels a complex mystery involving a stolen group photograph ➽ [Reading] ➿ Her Best Friends Husband (Redstone, Incorporated By Justine Davis ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk an amorous couple ➶ His Christmas Countess (Lords of Disgrace Free ➬ Author Louise Allen – Kleankitchen.co.uk and an apparently unnecessary murderAvailable in English for the first time in a superb translation ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ My Sisters Keeper By Jodi Picoult ✎ – Kleankitchen.co.uk these stories will captivate every lover of crime fiction [Epub] ➜ The Baby Plan Author Liz Fielding – Kleankitchen.co.uk young and old alike

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