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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Elementary or Singularly Grotesque....

(On Sherlock Holmes)

Long before I understood the true meaning of the words 'Detective Fiction', 'Genre', I read a book whose protagonist is a lanky British fictional detective. He had an air of superior ego and perceived selfishness so much so that, Prima Facie, one can't help but be helplessly resigned and confused like his faithful companion and partner in crime, Dr.John Watson. But when his intellect comes into play, solving many crimes, with abundant powers of deduction, Sherlock Holmes is suddenly a wonderful and lovable character.    

I'm happy to be one among the many fans of Sherlock Holmes to have read every book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on his best creation (aptly called 'Canon' by loyal fans). It was a treat to read about how the greatest plans of crime (fictionally, of course) were frustrated by an unlikely duo from a humble room at 221B Baker Street, London. Without Sherlock Holmes, surely the world of detective fiction is incomplete! Although there are many TV and Film adaptions based on Sherlock Holmes, I find reading the best as it has an additional pleasure of pacing at my own time.    

All works of Sir Arthur involving Sherlock Holmes are terrific tales of suspense, literally inventing the word 'UNPUTDOWNABLE'. Whether involving secret societies and revenge ('Valley of Fear', 'A Study in Scarlet'), treasure and betrayal ('A Sign of Four'), a hound and criminal lust for richness ('Hound of the Baskerville') - the detective & doctor duo's exploits are legendary and continue to command great following, to this day.                  

As we celebrate International Sherlock Holmes day (22nd of May - Birth anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), What would be Sherlock Holmes reply if he were real and alive today when Doctor Watson explains to him about his fan following in different parts of the world & various spin offs and TV, Film adaptions based on him?
Would he say - 'Elementary, my dear Watson!' (which despite popularity was not used by Sherlock Holmes)...
Or would it be - 'I find this singularly grotesque, Watson!' 

References (If any)

1. Place and Date -
@ - Home Sweet Home, # 16-7-16, Sree Bhramara, Saladi Jamindar Street, Palakollu, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh - 534 260
On -23rd of May, 2017

2. Subject - Sherlock Holmes- "Elementary of Singularly Grotesque..."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes was born on 22nd of May, 1859. Consequently, 22nd of May is celebrated as International Sherlock Holmes day.
The name, Sherlock Holmes, does not need any introduction for fans of detective fiction. There may be comparisons with another towering fictional detective, Hercule Poirot (created by Agatha Christie), but Holmes has his own special niche.
Obviously, it's all elementary,...
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3. Picture -Sherlock Holmes- "Elementary of Singularly Grotesque..."
Credits to me, a part of my Sherlock Holmes canon. 

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