This book was presented to me by my favorite aunty who is also a creative writer and she also used to read these stories with her cousins when she was of my age.
These detective stories were written by Satyajit Ray in Bengali and Gopa Majumdar translated the stories from Bengali into English and compiled them in this book. The stories were first published in two Bengali magazines, the most respected literary magazine of India Desh and the children’s magazine Sandesh. (The Sandesh magazine was first published by Satyajit Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore Raychowdhury in 1913 through his publishing company, M/s U. Ray and Sons.)
The stories of Feluda are very interesting and action-packed. This book is a favorite book for teenagers who like reading detective and mysterious stories.
The stories of Feluda are compiled in two volumes, and this review is about the first part.
The hero of these stories is a smart, 6 feet 2 inches tall, young investigator Pradosh C. Mitter nicknamed “Feluda” who solves complex mysteries and murder cases with the help of sharp observation, logical reasoning and deduction.
He is helped in all his adventures by his teenaged assistant Tapesh Ranjan, nicknamed Topshe. Their dear friend Lal Mohan Babu alias Jatayu, a bumbling writer of crime fiction, ably supports them in their travels and case solving.
Darjeeling serves as a great, scenic location as the mystery of ‘Danger in Darjeeling’ goes through its twists and turns
The stories are set in varied locations, from Varanasi to Gangtok, from Jaisalmer to Darjeeling, from Kathmandu to Ellora, and of course, the hometown of Feluda, Kolkata.
The plots involve murder, intrigue and adventure narrated in a racy, humorous style. It is a very entertaining book, to say the least.
There are many stories such as the “The Trouble in Gangtok” where Feluda has to go to Gangtok to solve a mystery. Next in the collection is “A Killer In Kailash”.
The third one is “The Royal Bengal Mystery” which unravels an ancient India riddle resulting in a spine-chilling jungle encounter with a deadly man-eater.
There are many more interesting stories, out of them “Danger in Darjeeling” is my favorite story.
In this story, Feluda and his teenage cousin Topshe go on a trip to Darjeeling and meet an elderly friend named Rajen Babu. He gets a threat letter that says that he will soon die.
Rajen Babu takes the help of Feluda – the young and dashing detective and asks him to find out who wrote this letter.
As the mystery unfolds, the needle of suspicion moves from one person to another and there are quite a few who fall under the shadow of doubt, and the suspense on the fate of Rajen Babu hangs by a thin wire. But ultimately, a twist in the tale brings out that the most unsuspected person was behind the whole plot.
This book is unputdownable. I took it with me on my travels too as it makes the reader want to reach the end of each story and know who is the real criminal. There are many more interesting stories like this and I would recommend reading and enjoying “Feluda’s” stories to young children and people who like mysterious stories.
I am now eager to pick up the second volume of The Complete Adventures of Feluda as soon as I can. Watch this space for my review of the second volume once I read it myself. Till then, happy reading!
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