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Picture Imperfect Paperback – 14 March 2022
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Classic tales of crime detection featuring Byomkesh Bakshi, the master inquisitor.
Written 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, there stories featuring the astute investigator and his chronicler friend Ajit are still as gripping and delightful as when they first appeared.
Byomkesh’s world, peopled with wonderfully delineated characters and framed by a brilliantly captured pre-Independence urban milieu, s fascinating because of its cotemporary 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 used to unearth the pattern behind a series of bizarre roadside murders. In ‘Clalamity stikes’, the ace detective is called upon to investigate the strange and sudden death of a girl in a neighbor’s kitchen, In he 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 unravels a complex mystery involving a stolen group photograph, an amorous couple, and an apparently unnecessary murder.
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Saradindu Bandyopadhyay was Born on 30 March 1899 in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, His first literaty venture was a book of poems published in 1919. At the time he was a student in Vidyasagar College, Calcutta, and lived in a mess on Harrison Raod (now Mahatma Gandhi Road). His room at the mess was later to become a model for Byomkesh Bakshi’s famous first residence. While still a student, he married his wife Parul in 1918. Subsequently he restudied law, and then dedicated himself to writing. By 1932, when the first Byomkesh mystery appeared, he was already an established writer.
In 1938, Saradindu moved to Bombay to work on screenplays for Bombay till 1952, When he gave up his ties with cinema and moved to Pune to concentrate on his writing. He wen on to become a popular and renowed writer of ghost stories, historical romances and children’s fiction in Bengali. But the Byomkesh series remains his most cherished contribution to the world of contemporary Bengali fiction.
Saradindu Bandyopadhyay was a recipient of the Rabindra Pusakar in 1967 for his novel Tunghabhadrar tirey. He was also awarded the Sarat Smriti Purashkar by Calcutta University in the same year. The latter part of his life was spent in Pune where he passed away on 22 september 1970.
Sreejata Guha has a BA in Comparative Literature with a First Class Firt from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and an MA in the same subhect from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently working in a Ph.D. dissertation on translation from the original Bengali. She has worked as a translator and editor with Stree Publishers and Seagull Books, Calcutta, and written extensively on theatre, Popular culture and the environment for various national publications. She lives in Peters burge (USA.)
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- Publisher : Penguin Books Australia; Latest edition (14 March 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140287108
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140287103
- Item Weight : 190 g
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.59 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #765 in Mysteries (Books)
- #950 in Indian Writing (Books)
- #1,249 in Crime Fiction (Books)
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Reviewed in India on 1 November 2019
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Highly recommended to crime, thriller and mystery readers.
All the stories are really nice,but in a few stories the plot is predictable.The way the stories are written is amazing ;the visuals just come in front of your eyes.The paper quality is okay and I received the book in a good condition. What really matters are the stories which are really enjoyable .I would suggest you to watch an episode at this link [ [..] ] if you like the episode ,you love the book. the stories are just the same.It might be tough for you to believe that I am just 14. If I love this book ,you surely will.I suggest go for this one and give it a try.
Some stories were really great and some were alrightish.I can't help comparing Holmes and Bakshi. Here the stories are more about the puzzle than about Byomkesh. In Sherlock Holmes, its more about Sherlock and the puzzles.Despite their similarities, there are a lot of difference as well. Unlike Sherlock, Byomkesh is social, amiable and even married.
Its great to read a good Indian Detective fiction. Its a shame that only selected stories of Byomkesh are available in English.
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 1 November 2019