Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sherlock Holmes

Well it's the end of another long year at IIT Bombay and with a very long (and probably un eventful) three month summer vacation coming up, many of you reading enthusiasts may be wondering, "Which book should I lay my hands on this summer to the pass the time?" The answer, my dear readers, is elementary. (As the saying goes by the master himself).

You sit down with a copy of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous book "A  Study in Scarlet." And when you have finished it, you pick up “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and then “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” and many more such exciting books until you are saturated with stories about the impeccable logic and amazing deduction powers of this brilliant Scottish “consulting detective”. 

Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest fictional characters of all time. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle this brilliant consulting detective operates out of London, "that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers o the Empire are irresistibly drained." He is noted for his brilliant deduction abilities and his his cold impeccable logic, both of which are essential in solving the strangest of cases that baffle the unimaginative Scotland Yard officers. 

As you read these stories you will be taken on a roller-coaster ride through the streets of London where you will see the master detective adopt various fantastic disguises and use amazing skills of observation and deduction to track down dangerous criminals and ensure justice is served. Accompanying Holmes on these trips is his only friend and the chronicler of these stories, Dr.Watson. You will also meet a myriad of other interesting characters including dim-witted Scotland Yard detectives, sinister criminals like Professor Moriarty and the dangerously alluring Irene Adler.

Believe me, when you have read one Sherlock Holmes book you will be addicted. But Holmes always says, "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence." So i suggest you read the  books and see the master detective at work yourself.
PS: There are also a couple of Sherlock Holmes movies and a TV Show which are really good. 
You may want to go over to our TV Show section and read all about it.