Satyajit Ray Essay

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Divergent Rays – article on satyajit ray Mystery novels are uncommon in Indian literature, so those Indian readers with a thirst for modern adventure stories were only able to slake it if they had access to English writers. Bengali readers, though, have been lucky enough to have Satyajit Ray's delightful Feluda mysteries for over 30 years. Now they have been translated into other Indian languages as well as English, so the rest of us can enjoy them too. Some might think that a mystery is a mystery, and what difference does it make if the hero goes to Jaipur or the Cornwall coast? It does, though. There's a spark of pleasurable familiarity in stories that are set in places that one knows, and mysteries that are solved by people who eat alu sabji instead of licorice. Ideally, the locale should be deeply woven into the plot itself, and the Feluda stories certainly live up to this ideal, as when the burglar in Mystery at Golok Lodge counts on the daily loadshedding to cover his escape. For those who have yet to make his acquaintance, Feluda is properly known as Prodosh Mitter, who lives in Calcutta. He is a private investigator in the Holmes style, taking up only interesting cases and willing to put both physical and mental energy into solving them. He is assisted by his 14-year-old cousin, Tapesh (aka Topshe) an able lieutenant who records the cases and picks up useful snippets of Feluda's methods on the way. The two are also accompanied by Lalmohan Ganguly, an enthusiastic and cheerful companion who writes potboiler thrillers under the name of Jatayu. [pic] [pic] [pic] [pic] The Penguin edition of The Adventures of Feluda contains four of his novellas - The Golden Fortress (Shonar Kella), The Buccaneer of Bombay (Bombaaiyer Bombete), Mystery at Golok Lodge (Golok Dham Rohosyo),and Trouble in the Graveyard (Gorosthaane Saabdhaan) - which were translated by

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