Arunava Sinha


Tehelka - - FICTION -

‘Satya­jit Ray’s Fe­luda and Sharadindu Bandy­opad­hyay’s By­omkesh Bak­shi re­main the clas­sic Ben­gali de­tec­tives, out­selling con­tem­po­rary writ­ing. Pre­men­dra Mi­tra’s Ghanada, a satire of the Ben­gali in­tel­lec­tual, was also pop­u­lar. But Ray wrote mainly for chil­dren, hence Fe­luda was ac­tion packed rather than brainy. Bak­shi’s sto­ries are more so­cially in­volved, even pruri­ent, in­volv­ing crimes of pas­sion. Con­tem­po­rary writ­ing has shifted to­wards chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, for ex­am­ple, Su­chi­tra Bhat­tacharya’s Nancy Drew-es­que girl de­tec­tive.’

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