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About the Book
Satyajit Ray, the literary genius, conceived the idea of a Bengali version of Sherlock Holmes somewhere around the 1960s. Between 1965 and 1992, he wrote more than 30 detective stories.
The main character was Pradosh C. Mitra, better known as Feluda, an Indian version of Sherlock Holmes. The author also introduces readers to the Indian version of Watson or Topshe, Feludas 14 year old cousin, and a flamboyant and bumbling writer, Jatayu, who accompanies the other two. Feluda is a genius and Topshe is a dedicated admirer. Feluda is also very picky and only chooses cases that promise a lot of intrigue and mystery.
Although most of the cases take place in the backdrop of Calcutta (Kolkata) in this collection of stories, their adventures take them from Nepal and Sri Lanka, to the stunning locales of Darjeeling and even all the way to Her Majestys homeland, England.
In these plots of intrigue and sobriety, Jatayu is the ray of sunshine amidst the dreary clouds. He is quite a character with his English, which is often misspelled, his average writing, and his affinity towards free-verse poetry, not to mention his deductions, which are seldom right. He offers comic relief in these tales and has often been compared to Agatha Christies Ariadne Oliver.
Feluda, too, is quite an interesting character. He goes to sleep late but rises early, and he is a great lover of food. He only ever smokes Charminar cigarettes, drinks lots of tea, and never misses a session of yogasana.
In this collection, perfectly compiled, the stories are chronologically arranged so as to enable the readers to be able to trace his development from an amateur to an expert detective, well versed in his art.
With minimum violence, perfect plots, and riveting twists, this collection of short stories is an absolute treat for kids and adults alike.Published in the year 2004, this book is a compilation of various Feluda stories written over the past years.
About the Book
Regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema, Satyajit Ray is an acclaimed filmmaker from West Bengal.
Other books by Satyajit Ray include Jakhan Choto Chilam, Bishoy Chalachchitra, Professor Shanku Stories, Tarini Khuro Stories, Bankubabur Bandhu, Fatikchand, Jakhon Choto Chilam, along with a collection of short stories and essays.
Satyajit Rays writing in these stories is racy, intriguing and delightfully humorous. He manages to intertwine the suspense and drama of a detective story with the humour of class apart characters. For anyone who is a fan of quality detective fiction, this book is a must read.Although he is better known for his cinematic achievements, Ray is also a prolific literary name, especially in Bengal. French filmmaker Jean Renoir and the Italian neo-realist film Bicycle Thieves was his inspiration to enter the arena of independent filmmaking. He has won loads of awards, honours, and accolades, prominent among which are 32 National Film Awards and an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Satyajit Ray passed away on April 23, 1992, a few weeks after receiving the Academy Award.
Satyajit Ray was a famous filmmaker and a reputed author of total 335 Feluda stories featuring the master detective Feluda( Pradosh C. Mitter). “The Complete Adventure of Feluda Volume II” has 19 stories and all are great. Feluda is a young, amateur detective who travels all over India to solve the problems. He partners with his cousin Tapesh, a young teenage boy. Tapesh is the helping hand of Feluda and very well knows the mood of Feluda. The other character is Lalmohan Ganguly who is having less knowledge of general awareness and this creates humor in the story. Plots are interesting and well developed characters. Feluda turns from amateur detective to serious, successful and well-known detective as you read the stories. The Complete Adventures of Feluda vol- I & II published by penguin publication, translated in English is great. Translation is brilliant. A very good item for gift also. Satyajit Ray wrote these stories for children but the detective stories were so good that adults also became avid fan of Feluda. All the stories are clean with less violence that compels the reader to finish the book fast. Great detective stories……………