Book: Byomkesh Bakshi
Author: Saradindu Bandyopadhyay
Translator: Translated from Bengali into English by Sreejata Guha
Once you have read a book in its original language, reading the translation of it is always a little disappointing. It’s not always the translator’s fault though (like here) because she has given it her best shot. The disappointment is because, somehow, the flavour and aroma of the original goes missing in the translation. Given this situation, and also because the book is a classic, I have chosen not to review it.
My attempt here, and I thought it would be a fun exercise for my brain, will be too compare the two detectives of Bengali literature that are so famous and loved.
All of you out there, please feel free to share more pointers with me.
Byomkesh written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay and Feluda written by Satyajit Ray are both equally popular detective stories even though the former was written around 1920-60 and the latter during 1970-90.