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Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge 2 Dedication  Sherlock Holmes Society of India dedicates this

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Dedication

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Sherlock Holmes Society of India dedicates this first volume of “Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge” to all its members, all fans of Sherlock Holmes worldwide and above all, to the legendary man himself Sherlock Holmes. Without you, Mr. Holmes, none of this could ever be.

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Holmes. Without you, Mr. Holmes, none of this could ever be.  Sherlock Holmes Society of

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Preface

3 Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge Preface More than anything else, this e-magazine has been a

More than anything else, this e-magazine has been a labour of love for us. We adore Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and all their adventures, and we spend a fair amount of time airing our views and discussing topics related to them. And given that the Sherlock Holmes Society of India turned twelve on May 28, 2013, some of us felt that it was time to have something more formal, more tangible, than online discussions. And thus, the idea of an e-magazine was born.

We toyed with the name for a while. “The Three Pipe Problem” was suggested, but it was felt that an Indian connection would be more fitting. Ultimately, it was Sumal Surendranath (the founder and the head of everything to do with SHSI) who came up with the name “Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge”.

We did run into obstacles, and at one point, we thought we would barely make it to ten pages. We were disappointed when people who had promised to write for us had to back out. We put up a couple of contests, which went unanswered. But then, Providence (or Sherlock Holmes, as we like to believe) came to our rescue.

We have many, many people to thank for helping us muddle through the preparation of this e-magazine. First and foremost, we thank everyone who has written or contributed to this issue this publication would not have been possible without you, and we thank you from the depths of our Sherlockian/Holmesian hearts for all your efforts and the lovely features you have given us to publish. Next, we thank Prajakta Hebbar (Indian Express, Pune) and Kakul Gautam (Brown Paper Bag, Delhi) for the media exposure it brought us several talented youngsters. Aayam Banerjee (as the Unofficial Editor) deserves a special mention, too, as the receiver of panicked calls and messages at ungodly hours begging for advice on things ranging from a malfunctioning software to the usage of an archaic term. And last, but very, very importantly, we owe truckloads of gratitude to our long-standing member, Binand Sethumadhavan, who was roped in as a Technical Editor for the blog-migration to our very own website, a domain that he picked up and nurtured, and from where you have downloaded this e-magazine.

This e-magazine is not meant to be a work of academic brilliance or erudite scholarship perhaps, some day in the future, it might take that avatar. As of now, it is a work of passion, a work of fascination a dedication, if you will, to the greatest detective the world has ever known, and his loyal admirers, ranging from nine-year-olds to seventy-year-olds from various walks of life.

We apologise in advance for anything that may be deemed lacking, but we request you to be gentle and give us constructive criticism instead, for we are just amateurs and trying our hand at something totally new. We would love to hear from you so please, do not hesitate to drop us a line at shsieditors@yahoo.in or at shsieditors@gmail.com.

We will try our best to improve with each new issue. Have we mentioned yet that this e-magazine is to be published bi-annually? Next stop: December 1, 2013.

Jay, on behalf of SHSI Editors

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Next stop: December 1, 2013. – Jay , on behalf o f SHSI Editors Sherlock Holmes
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Table of Contents

Dedication

 

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Preface

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Disclaimer And Other Legalities

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Titbits Newsflash

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Primarii Lapidis - Editorial

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“A Neapolitan Society, The Red Circle

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Art

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Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex

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Sherlock Holmes: Poetry

 

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Critical Analysis: Sherlock Holmes

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A

Tribute To Sherlock Holmes

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The Detection Of Truth

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Titbits Canon Abbreviations

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The Power Of Books

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Sketch

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Sherlock

Holmes:

A Sudden Death

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Titbits Contests

 

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The Clandestine Code

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Titbits Snippets

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Montage

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The Doctor’s Concern – Cocaine And Morphine

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The First Kiss Of Sherlock Holmes

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The Five Orange Pips

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The Silk Tie

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Sherlock Holmes Museum - London

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Sherlock Holmes In Japan

 

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Portrait Of The Modern Sherlock Holmes

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Summer Drinks

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The Analytical Methods Of Sherlock Holmes

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Holmes And Watson Are Coming To India!

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Sherlock Holmes - Believe

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Titbits Annual Meet

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Faithful To The Original: Comparing Sherlock And Sherlock Holmes

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Afterword

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Disclaimer and other legalities

of the Pondicherry Lodge Disclaimer and other legalities Sherlock Holmes Society of India (SHSI) owns nothing

Sherlock Holmes Society of India (SHSI) owns nothing and claims nothing.

While the SHSI logos we have used have been designed by us (with significant help from Microsoft Word, Paint and Clipart), we have liberally used the great Sidney Paget’s illustrations from the Strand. Sherlock Holmes, of course, belongs to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the various avatars belong to whoever created them. The pictures of the Sherlock Holmes actors are from various Wikipedia pages and associated links. We have cited the sources of original works and images that we have used. Other props, images, formatting tools we have used belong to Microsoft. If we have accidentally used something that does not belong to these acknowledged sources, we sincerely apologise for our transgression, and if you let us know, we will acknowledge the correct source (and forward our abject apologies to the creator).

The views expressed by the authors in their articles or art-work are their own and we are completely neutral parties (well, we do like Sherlock Holmes, but other than that). Also, all copyrights (and whatever other intellectual property rights you can think of) belong with the authors. We do not claim anything (good or bad). Whatever we have published belongs to the author(s) of that particular work and comprises a part of this issue because the authors have been good enough to let us print their work.

We are a free, bona fide, non-monetary and voluntary society for ardent admirers of Sherlock Holmes (in whatever form) and accordingly, this publication is completely free, non-commercial and non-profit. We make nothing from it except a sense of enjoyment, and the authors make no money out of it, either.

This publication can be freely distributed, but if you are re-printing anything from this issue in any form, do have the courtesy to let the authors know (get in touch with us if you cannot locate the authors independently) and do not forget to acknowledge them. We are sure our contributors are generous of heart, and no one will take offence at re-prints if you seek permission and assure them that they shall be appropriately acknowledged.

With that out of the way, we are as eager for you to read our publication as you would be to see it, so please continue. The game is afoot!

This is what happens when you have three lawyers on the editorial team!

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This is what happens when you have three lawyers on the editorial team! Sherlock Holmes Society
6 Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge We have a brand new page on Facebook ,
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6 Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge We have a brand new page on Facebook , and

We have a brand new page on Facebook, and we are rapidly gaining “likes”. We have also interacted with some amazingly erudite Sherlockians over the world. Do check out our new Facebook page! We also have our very own blog-cum-website now, thanks to our Technical Editor, Binand Sethumadhavan, who has worked very, very hard in these last few days to make the site work.

Our member, Prajakta Hebbar, a noted journalist who writes for the Indian Express, recently wrote a rather lovely and complimentary article for us. The article can be viewed online. We heartily thank Prajakta for her efforts!

The Sherlock Holmes Society of India is now a recognised “Scion Society” of the Baker Street Irregulars, thanks to Peter E. Blau (“Black Peter”) and Michael Whelan (“Wiggins”).

A proud moment for us! Congratulations to SHSI members!

Did you know that we have four Did you know that we have four published
Did you know that we have four
Did you know that we have four
published authors of Sherlock
published authors of Sherlock
Holmes books in SHSI? In no
Holmes books in SHSI? In no
particular order, these are Tim
particular order, these are Tim
Symonds (“Sherlock Holmes and
Symonds (“Sherlock Holmes and
the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle”
the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle”
and “Sherlock Holmes and the
and “Sherlock Holmes and the
Case of the Bulgarian Codex”),
Case of the Bulgarian Codex”),
Pinaki Roy (“The Manichean
Pinaki Roy (“The Manichean
Investigators: A Postcolonial and
Investigators: A Postcolonial and
Cultural Rereading of the
Cultural Rereading of the
Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh
Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh
Bakshi Stories”), Vasudev
Bakshi Stories”), Vasudev
Murthy (“Sherlock Holmes in
Murthy (“Sherlock Holmes in
Japan”) and Partha Basu (“The
Japan”) and Partha Basu (“The
Curious Case of 221B” and “The
Curious Case of 221B” and “The
Secret Notebooks of John H.
Secret Notebooks of John H.
Watson, MD”).
Watson, MD”).
We hope we have many, many
We hope we have many, many
more in the coming days.
more in the coming days.

The Sherlock Holmes Society of India recently featured in the Brown Paper Bag, New Delhi on May 2, 2013 (thanks to Kakul Gautam) and in DNA, Mumbai on May 6, 2013. We are thankful, as we earned not only a fair number of cool new members but some fantastic stuff to print as well!

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London is organising a trip to India in February 2014 (To India with Sherlock Holmes). It

promises to be an exciting tour. Ms. Louise Nicholson, the organiser, has put together a flyer for us. We also have a

detailed itinerary available with

application form, so do feel free to call upon us for the same.

with costs and the

us,

The Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present Conference is being organised by the Institute of English Studies, University of London on the 21 st and 22 nd of June 2013. We will have notes from the conference in our next issue.

professional, went off to explore the Sherlock Holmes Pub, Bangalore. Unfortunately, it turned out to be rather seedy and she was unable to stay on and review the place.

As

a

special

favour

to

us,

As a special favour to us, Shanila Siddiqui , an HR

an

HR

We are collaborating with the Explorers at CalcuttaWalks to figure out a “Detective Walk” in the city of Kolkata and a play, “Sherlock Holmes in Calcutta”.

in the city of Kolkata and a play, “Sherlock Holmes in Calcutta”. Sherlock Holmes Society of

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director,

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chairperson

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Society

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“Proceedings of the

Pondicherry

Lodge”

came into existence

in this article.

 

Primarii Lapidis -

On behalf of Sherlock Holmes Society of India, and my co-

editors, Jayantika Ganguly, Satyajit Gupta and Noufal Ibrahim, I am delighted to announce the publication of the inaugural issue

of the Journal of the Sherlock Homes Society of India named

“Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge.”

This Journal had been conceptualized many years ago much on the lines of the esteemed publication of the Sherlock Holmes

Society of London The Baker Street Journal. It was a natural outgrowth of the expansion of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, which has now around two hundred dedicated members.

It was felt by the members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of

India that a dedicated journal would be the ideal vehicle to build

on the success of the Society as well as to capture the diverse scholarly interests of an ever more vibrant Holmesian community. In February 2013,

a discussion was initiated among the esteemed

members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India to seek out ways and means to expand its outreach. The ensuing debate resulted in two proposals, i.e., to have a Facebook presence and to have a bi-annual Journal which will exhibit the

creative and literary skills of Indian Holmesians to

a wider audience. Accordingly, a Voluntary

Committee (consisting of myself, Jayantika Ganguly, Satyajit Gupta as Editors, and Noufal Ibrahim and Binand Sethumadhavan as Technical Editors) was formed as an editorial team to bring out this Journal. Thus the “Proceedings of the

Pondicherry Lodge” was born.

the “Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge” was born. The editorial team decided that the journal should

The editorial team decided that the journal should be published as an e-zine journal with PDF/ Microsoft Word, as the underlying data format, so as to achieve economy, facile publishing and quicker dissemination amongst its members. It was also decided that we would endeavour to publish two issues

a year: the summer issue in June and the winter issue in

December focusing on a topics of relevance to the Holmesian community.

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in December focusing on a topics of relevance to the Holmesian community. Sherlock Holmes Society of

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This inaugural issue consists of voluntary contributions by Holmesians, pursuant to an appeal in the SHSI Groups (both at Yahoo and Facebook). Our effort to reach out to as many Holmesians was given a shot in the arm by coverage of our Society’s activities in the Brown Paper Bag, Indian Express and DNA newspapers. A mere look at the table of contents, demonstrates just how wide-ranging and diverse the interests of the Holmesian community have become; these articles truly represent the broad tent that is Holmesian scholarship today.

This inaugural issue owes much to many people. Thanks are due first to all the members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, where the idea originated and for supporting it so wholeheartedly. The editors of the Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge have benefitted immensely from all the contributors’ experience and expertise as well as their enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes Society of India and the Canon.

My thanks are due to my co-editors, Jayantika Ganguly, Satyajit Gupta (Editors), and Noufal Ibrahim and Binand Sethumadhavan (Technical Editors) who have so generously given their time and expertise to make this project happen. No detail, large or small, has been beyond their notice. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and good humour has made seeing this issue from an idea to its fruition, a real pleasure. I also thank the guest contributors of this first issue who admirably and with good humour suffered through our teething process as we put in place this issue of Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge.

On May 28, 2013, the Sherlock Holmes Society of India celebrated its 12 th birthday, marking its growth from childhood to adolescence, a traditional rite of passage in India. Another rite of passage for the Holmesian community is this Journal, marking one of the many milestones in the SHSI becoming not only “a niche organization,” but a flourishing academic and intellectual community.

but a flourishing academic and intellectual community. Sherlock Holmes Society of India | June 1, 2013

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The editorial team – we like to call ourselves the “SHSI Editors” consists of: Sumal
The editorial team – we
like to call ourselves the
“SHSI Editors” consists
of: Sumal Surendranath
(Editor), Satyajit Gupta
(Editor),
Jayantika
Ganguly (Editor), Noufal
Ibrahim
(Technical
Editor)
and
Binand
Sethumadhavan
(Technical Editor).
We are reachable at
Yahoo as well as Gmail.
If you are interested in
joining the editorial
team, please drop us a
line.
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“A Neapolitan society, the

Red Circle

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BLACK PETER),

NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. HE HAS GRACIOUSLY PERMITTED US TO REPRINT THIS ARTICLE OF APRIL 15, 2012 FROM BLACK PETER'S LOGBOOK (MAINTAINED WITH THE RED CIRCLE OF WASHINGTON, DC).

(A.K.A.

“My poor Gennaro,” Emilia Lucca told Holmes and Watson, “had joined a Neapolitan society, the Red Circle, which was allied to the old Carbonari. The oaths and secrets of this brotherhood were frightful, and once within its rule no escape was possible.”

That reference to the Red Circle, in the story from which our society proudly takes its name, puzzled Sherlockian scholars for many years, because while the Carbonari was indeed a secret society founded in the Kingdom of Naples, it was a political rather than a criminal organization and never had a branch in New York. The solution to the mystery was eventually discovered in the manuscript of the story, where the name of the society is stated as the Camorra.

The Camorra was, and indeed still is, a secret and criminal organization based in Naples, and at the time of “The Adventure of the Red Circle” there were active branches in the Italian communities in Britain, the United States, and other countries. The reason why the Sicilian criminal organization the Mafia is so well known in the United States, and the Camorra is essentially unknown, is that from 1914 to 1917 there was a bloody argument between the Mafia and the Camorra in New York, and when the smoke cleared the surviving Camorristas joined the Mafia.

The Camorra is still to be found in Naples, where it is as active and powerful as the Mafia is elsewhere in Italy, and “The Camorra Never Sleeps” is an interesting article by William Langewische in the May issue of Vanity Fair, which has kindly made it available online. The Camorra is considered by many people in Naples as more powerful there than the national government of Italy.

It is interesting to consider why the reference in the published story is to the Carbonari rather than to the Camorra. It certainly is tempting to suggest that an editor at The Strand Magazine, when the story was to be published in 1911, decided that it might be dangerous to offend members of the Camorra, and substituted the safer name Carbonari, since that organization had become inactive by the middle of the 19th century.

that organization had become inactive by the middle of the 19th century. Sherlock Holmes Society of
that organization had become inactive by the middle of the 19th century. Sherlock Holmes Society of

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Art  The wonderfully talented Sitanshu Shukla, a new SHSI member from Mumbai,
Art
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The
wonderfully
talented
Sitanshu
Shukla,
a
new
SHSI member from
Mumbai, is a Geologist by
qualification and a
Designer by choice and
profession, with 10+ years
of experience in the field of
Spatial & Communication
Design. He brings us these
brilliant creations from his
arsenal.
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Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex

Lodge Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of

Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex moves at a fast pace. It is the latest novel by Tim Symonds, following last year’s Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Dead Boer At Scotney Castle. The story takes place in the year 1900, revolving around Balkan intrigues in the nostalgic pre- First World War period and a real-life Bulgarian Prince, ‘Foxy’ Ferdinand. The Bulgarian Codex is a yarn of duplicity, murder, marriage, vampires and greed for vast estates in Bulgaria and Hungary, with the fate of millions in Sherlock Holmes's hands.

Prince ‘Foxy’ Ferdinand of Bulgaria summons Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to travel across Europe post-haste to Sofia to recover a stolen, manuscript. The loss of The Bulgarian Codex, the most ancient and most sacred manuscript in the Old Bulgarian language, could lead to the outbreak of war between Russia, Austria-Hungary and the

Tim Symonds is not only a rather eminent Holmesian, but also a long-standing member of
Tim Symonds is not only a
rather eminent Holmesian, but
also a long-standing member of
SHSI and the celebrated author
of “Sherlock Holmes and the
Dead Boer at Scotney Castle” as
well as “Sherlock Holmes and
the Case of the Bulgarian
Codex”. At our request, he has
given us this feature on his
latest book to publish.

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our request, he has given us this feature on his latest book to publish. Sherlock Holmes

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The Author brings alive the political machinations and intrigues of early twentieth century Europe. Events in The Bulgarian Codex are fictional, but the principal character, Prince Ferdinand, is based on the real Coburg Prince Regnant, later Bulgarian Tsar who ruled the Southern European country of Bulgaria from 1887 until his forcible abdication after joining the losing side in World War One.

The Bulgarian Codex is written in classic Holmes and Watson style. This is a book for readers who appreciate and enjoy dry British wit. Holmes and Watson travel across Europe to meet their Royal benefactor in his personal Royal rail carriage: ‘The door handles on the toilets bore the Prince's coat of arms. The furnishings had been purchased in Vienna as a job lot at a sale of a bankrupt lady singer, giving the whole a raffish Biedermeier femininity’.

Both books are available online:

Sherlock Holmes And The Dead Boer At Scotney Castle: at Amazon and Flipkart (India)

Sherlock Holmes And The Case of the Bulgarian Codex: at Amazon, as an e-book, on Kindle, at Bookdepository and at Flipkart (India)

Just click on the links and you will be able to buy the books.

click on the links and you will be able to buy the books. Here’s a quote

Here’s a quote from Britain’s former Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind to the author:

‘Dear Tim Symonds, just to say that I have just finished reading your novel The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle. I greatly enjoyed it and found it a great yarn! It kept one guessing right to the end which all good crime novels should do. Sherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle) would have been impressed!’

do. Sherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle) would have been impressed!’ Sherlock Holmes Society of India |

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Sherlock Holmes: Poetry

Bright keen eyes, their focus supreme

Concentrate on the case at hand,

He thinks but of it, living as in a dream,

No! Awake as an owl, sleep is banned.

(His mind will not rest now.)

Obsessive and quiet, he thinks and thinks

His little grey cells churning tirelessly

Thus, theories and deductions, as he blinks

Arise, as if immediate, effortlessly.

(Or so it seems, to strangers.)

Calabash pipe and Deerstalker hat,

Create a persona distinct

His methods are enigmatic, such that

He trusts only his own instinct.

(He is a keen observer.)

His minute observations will surprise you

Immensely, for you are but an

Ordinary mortal, not habituated to new

Methods of study, like this man.

(He is more than a man, though.)

You may not understand the man,

But he must know you well enough.

Never met him, you say, so how can…?

Because he is a force to reckon, smart and tough.

(He is the best in the business.)

He is Sherlock Holmes, yes, him

The Greatest of the Great,

He helps people in times that are dim,

He carves his own fate.

(He also plays the violin: multifaceted to the core.

I Salute him, do you?)

Utkarsha Anwekar is all of sixteen and still at school, dreaming of pursuing research in
Utkarsha Anwekar is all of
sixteen and still at school,
dreaming of pursuing
research in Genetics. This
young Sherlock Holmes
admirer likes forensics, reads
avidly and has dabbled in
animation, journalism, TV
reporting, logo-designing and
spiritualism.
Utkarsha presents to us her
poetry, dedicated to our
favourite detective, as well as
a portrait of Irene Adler.

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to our favourite detective, as well as a portrait of Irene Adler. Sherlock Holmes Society of

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Critical Analysis: Sherlock Holmes

I have read several novels, all of which are distinctive in their originality and style of presentation. All of them have directly or indirectly influenced me, but not equally or in the same manner. As a rule, books tend to create deeper impressions on us than any audio or video stimulus, because they demand our complete attention. Among them, those books which help us correlate with their events and characters and place ourselves in the situations described

naturally influence us more. In my case, a series of books in this category is the entire volume of Sherlock Holmes fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Poirot. She manages to hoodwink and befuddle her readers with her well-known touch of surrealism.

As for Sir Arthur, he focuses more on the unravelling of the mystery rather than the weaving of the plot. He justifies this through a statement of Holmes: “Crime is common. Logic is rare.” Thus, in his stories the method of solving comprises more than three-quarters of the content.

Let us now study the fictional characters of most importance. Here again, I shall take on a comparative approach so as to distinguish each character clearly and help achieve a thorough understanding of them all.

Anwesha Goswami is a very talented seventeen- year-old from Mumbai. She describes herself as “an amateur painter, poet, singer and a hardcore bibliophile”. In this article, she has employed a comparative approach and contrasted Holmes to Poirot to bring out their characteristic features.

I have often met with people

who discard these stories as

“dull”

comprehensible”. Perhaps in their opinion, other more modern novels are technically better: in intricacy of plot and characters. But I never comprehend the fact that these

barely

or

Starting with Poirot, he is a perfect example of virtues:

neatness, tidiness, cleanliness and cool logic personified. On most occasions, he displays a stoic nonchalance to his neighbours or surroundings

and prefers to be ‘disciplined’ and extremely exact. He is ‘prim’ and proper as described by his young friend Hastings. He is conscious of his fame and is most ridiculously disappointed whenever clients or case-linked people seem ignorant of it. His speciality is: he never physically fights with anyone, or engages in any ‘action’ in the true sense of the term, but crops up almost by chance in the midst of the mysteries to solve them. His clients do not always come to seek his aid: he often intervenes and pays them surprise visits, anticipating the need for his presence. To almost everyone he is acquainted or

readers readily assimilate intricate, complex novels but

fail to do so for much simpler ones. As for dullness, it depends on how much they comprehend.

For instance, Agatha Christie’s novels featuring Hercule Poirot are as tangled and complicated as a labyrinth she weaves plot after plot, interconnecting the characters and dropping half-obscure hints so as to allow the reader to make random guesses about the culprit. At the end, she unravels the whole thing so quickly and abruptly that one is mostly unable to find time to appreciate the intellectual brilliance of the main character

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unacquainted with he is practically a complete stranger his real personality is unknown even to his close friend Hastings. Perhaps the last is due to the significant age- difference. Overall, Poirot is as tightly closed as a tortoise in a shell, and appears mechanical and slightly robotic.

Owing to this nature of his, Hastings is repelled from being intimate enough with his friend to make him his confidante.

But with Holmes, it is different. Like Poirot, he too shuns company, leads a quiet life and prefers to stay in familiar surroundings. His habits are messy and his drug-intake a most reprehensible quality in his character. He also receives his clients at his house, and they belong to various classes of society. Also, he entertains villains in his house to corner them in the best way, and besides maintains contact with all sorts of odd people who aid him unthinkably in his

profession. Despite all this, Watson chose him as a roommate.

But one can never be so familiar with Poirot’s personality. He prefers to keep it hidden from scrutinizers.

Another side of Holmes which is absent in Poirot is music. Somebody who can appreciate and create music is certainly not robotic he cannot be. Music requires the development of heart and a certain generous and open natural inclination that permits one to enjoy this lovely art which, in itself, is panoramic and great. Highly intelligent people often ignore this part of their mind and develop the brain’s thinking skills. As a result, their personalities

are one-sided. Music brings out the expression of one’s deepest emotions good, sound music is, as Watson says, “treat for the gods”.

Holmes is also extremely averse to any publicity or fame, and prefers to stay out of the limelight. His nature is straightforward and he goes in for action whenever required. He is also an expert boxer, fencer and swordsman.

required. He is also an expert boxer, fencer and swordsman. Here comes the fact that Poirot

Here comes the fact that Poirot is not easy to live with, firstly due to keenness on perfection in everything and secondly, his inscrutability. But Holmes, however inscrutable to strangers, opens up to Watson with no reservations or secrets. He confesses his faults to Watson before beginning to stay with him. And for all his strange mood swings and abruptness, there comes a time when Watson can read him like a book and even predict, at times, his next action. Although Holmes’ powers of deduction and analytical skills continue to amaze him, his personality and habits become as familiar to Watson as his own.

He leads a ‘homely’ and ‘simple’ life as described by Watson that is almost ‘austere’ in its lack of luxury. He does not hesitate to disclose his methods to the professional detectives, Lestrade and Gregson, even though it could lead to loss of the number of his clients.

The two detectives, Holmes and Poirot, also have different ways of observation and deduction. Holmes scans the place “like a bloodhound” with his magnifying glass. He also examines various samples of cigarette ash and can distinguish between them at a glance. Probably this interest of his has been born of his love for chemistry.

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Poirot, however, scoffs at such procedures - saying that the ‘magnifying glass’ and nosing in the soil for footprints are not for him. He prefers to stay tidy.

Perhaps we wouldn’t have got Holmes as we have, if we hadn’t seen him through the looking glass of Dr. Watson. It is said that as great men do not speak of their qualities themselves, they are best expressed through a comparatively ordinary observer.

Watson’s steady friendship, constant queries and curiosity are fuel to Holmes’s powers. Thus he once acknowledges in an affectionate remark, “I’m lost without my Boswell”. The latter part of his remark refers to the fact that Watson encapsulated the duo’s adventures in writing.

Holmes’s personality, his bouts of action, his physical appearance and his life, all seem so realistic that several people had been known to write to the fictional address in Baker Street.

makes an impression that the story is unrealistic. For such narratives, the writer can only know of their thoughts if she can read their minds at those moments, which is absurd. Besides, such weird narratives give an eerie, uncomfortable feeling to the reader.

In Conan Doyle’s fiction, there is such robustness and life that there is no space for eeriness or phantom feelings. Our minds are too occupied with the firm, unwavering presence of the two main characters to accommodate any other-worldly presence.

Coming to Sir Conan Doyle himself, it is said that all creations of a person reflect a side of his or her personality. Thus, Holmes is a part of his creator himself, with his generosity, sharp wit and sense of justice. Above all

Conan Doyle has made

Holmes

humane;

that

is

why,

with

all

his

faults,

he

is

so

endearing

to

the

readers and has been

quoted,

admired

and

wondered

at

for

generations.

admired and wondered at for generations. This nature of Holmes has made his stories refreshing and

This nature of Holmes has made his stories refreshing and not demoralising, inspiring and not discouraging; and this, combined with the kindly, generous, warm-hearted presence of Dr. Watson has made the duo immortal and therein lies the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Agatha Christie’s novels featuring Poirot mainly consist of narratives from different individuals in the plot. Sometimes, the narratives from different individuals in the plot end as the narrator himself or herself gets killed. This creates a demoralising effect on the reader a sort of negative feeling. It also

effect on the reader – a sort of negative feeling. It also Sherlock Holmes Society of
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Shashidhar Pamarthi, a final year B.E. (Computers) student from Mumbai, is a Sherlockian who loves
Shashidhar Pamarthi, a final year B.E.
(Computers) student from Mumbai, is a
Sherlockian who loves singing, gaming
and working out creative things like this
particular sample. He pays a tribute to
some of his favourite actors who have
portrayed the role of Sherlock Holmes.

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A Tribute to Sherlock Holmes Can you identify them? Answers are given below.
A Tribute to Sherlock Holmes
Can you
identify them?
Answers are
given below.
Basil Rathbone - The Hound of Baskervilles/The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and many more
Basil Rathbone - The Hound of Baskervilles/The
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and
many more
Ronald Howard - Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
1954-1955
Douglas Wilmer - Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
1964-1965
Robert Stephens - The Private Life of Sherlock
Holmes (1970)
Jeremy Brett - The Adventures of Sherlock
Holmes and many more
Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes/Sherlock
Holmes: The Game of Shadows
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock (2010 and
continuing)

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The Detection of Truth

As I entered our lodgings at 221B Baker Street, my compatriot shot me a piercing

look. I could see that he was deep in thought even before I arrived, a sort of a meditative state that he would usually put himself in, and emerged from the self- induced cocoon at precisely the same time as my ingress. It was not unlikely for Holmes to keep manipulating

reality as he entered the recesses of his own mind. But I have seen the man in stranger states of trance than this to say otherwise. I deduced (being in the

constant company of the World’s Greatest Detective, you learn a thing or two) that he could just be preoccupied with any of the following matters, to my knowledge:

“Watson, my friend, a very peculiar matter has arisen in my mind that needs

your conviction,” he informed me quietly.

Vandit Panvelkar is a copywriter by profession and works in a digital agency in Mumbai.
Vandit
Panvelkar
is
a
copywriter by profession and
works in a digital agency in
Mumbai. He is fascinated by
Sherlock Holmes and his
true passion lies in telling
stories through various
media.

“What

is

the

matter

that

begs

my

attention?”

I

asked

curiously.

 

“Do you remember the night we caught John Baptist while he absconded?”

“Yes! The rapscallion jumped over the rooftops of England to make a daring escape. I, for one, can never forget the coup de grâce when you leapt 10 feet in the air to nab him.”

“Is it humanly possible to achieve this feat of marvel?”

1. The resolution of the final few loose ends in the John Baptist Killings, a strange case that was masterfully solved by my companion a while ago.

2. The secrets of mystical Hindu sages who could harness the power of their ‘Kundalinis’ for masterful feats and caught the fancy of the detective.

3. The duplicitous schemes that a particular professor was conjuring up to plot the ultimate doom of my friend… again.

His words were laced with reason. I wondered for a moment and recollected the events of the night. Being a sceptic myself, I would have disregarded the event. But I have seen the man perform even more remarkable feats than this to say otherwise.

“I would have not believed it had I not seen it with my own two eyes. From my vantage point on the street, I could not have been mistaken,” I confessed.

He nodded thoughtfully. “Hmm… but it is quite remarkable that a man of my age and physicality could successfully attempt

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the jump and still live to tell the tale. It can’t be a matter of pure luck.”

“What are you hinting at, Holmes?”

At this moment, there was a brief pause as the cold, steely eyes of Sherlock Holmes took cover under their lids and a long puff from the pipe was drawn. Holmes breathed out the dense fog and completely obfuscated his face. The air cleared out to reveal a glint of enlightenment in the man’s eyes. The pageantry was not lost on me.

He smiled slightly in remembrance and

continued his narrative, “May the 4 th , a date that both you and I shall never forget for its bearing on our lives. Professor Moriarty succeeded in murdering me, yet I survived unscathed. I was born again so

as to say and returned to our quarters in a matter of time. What Godman can cheat death on occasion?”

matter of time. What Godman can cheat death on occasion?” “I do not know what to

“I do not know what to make of it,” I confessed.

“We have battled an enormous hound, foiled the plans of a deranged intellectual and brazed travails that no ordinary individual could ever boast in a multitude of lifetimes.”

It was too much to take in. “Holmes, I am warning you, any more of this drivel and I am stepping out.”

“Watson, do you not see? The clues were

in front of us all long; the reason and logic

in plain sight. We have been too preoccupied with the ruddy investigations

to piece the puzzle together. I have been

contemplating my conclusion for a while

but…”

His tirade lingered on. I did not know what to say; I had seen enough twists and

turns of fate in a single lifetime. If the World’s Greatest Detective tells you that your life has no true meaning and you are

a figment of imagination, you tend to

think twice about all of your encounters. But I have seen the man utter even more bizarre insinuations than this to say otherwise.

“Watson, my words may sound absolutely incredulous but I would want you to hear me out first. I am to believe, based on our previous uncanny adventures, that we are not real. We are actually characters in a work of fiction.”

“What the devil do you mean?”

“We are not real Watson. Can you not see it? Have you not noticed it? Look at me; I am a polymath who can answer any question beyond normal reason, venture into the murky depths to reveal the truth and solve the most befuddling cases of mystery.”

I remained silent and Holmes continued, “As a learned man myself, I have witnessed quite a few noble gentlemen that possess the mental prowess gifted only to a handful by the Almighty.”

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The conventional abbreviations (as listed below) were devised by Jay Finley Christ 1 and use four letters 2 .

S.

Abbreviation

Story

No.

1.

ABBE

The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

2.

BERY

The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

3.

BLAC

The Adventure of Black Peter

4.

BLAN

The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier

5.

BLUE

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

6.

BOSC

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

7.

BRUC

The Adventure of the Bruce- Partington Plans

8.

CARD

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

9.

CHAS

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

10.

COPP

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

11.

CREE

The Adventure of the Creeping Man

12.

CROO

The Adventure of the Crooked Man

13.

DANC

The Adventure of the Dancing Men

14.

DEVI

The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot

15.

DYIN

The Adventure of the Dying Detective

16.

EMPT

The Adventure of the Empty House

17.

ENGR

The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb

18.

FINA

The Final Problem

19.

FIVE

The Five Orange Pips

20.

GLOR

The Gloria Scott

21.

GOLD

The Adventure of the Golden Pince- nez

22.

GREE

The Greek Interpreter

23.

HOUN

The Hound of the Baskervilles

24.

IDEN

A Case of Identity

25.

ILLU

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client

26.

LADY

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

27.

LAST

His Last Bow

28.

LION

The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane

29.

MAZA

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

30.

MISS

The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter

1 Jay Finley Christ, An Irregular Guide to Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, New York: Argus Books, 1947. 2 Source: The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Books, 1947. 2 Source: The Best of Sherlock Holmes S. Abbreviation   Story No.   31.

S.

Abbreviation

 

Story

No.

 

31.

MUSG

The Musgrave Ritual

32.

NAVA

The Naval Treaty

33.

NOBL

The Adventure of the Noble

Bachelor

34.

NORW

The Adventure of the Norwood

Builder

35.

PRIO

The Adventure of the Priory School

36.

REDC

The Adventure of the Red Circle

37.

REDH

The Red-Headed League

38.

REIG

The Reigate Squires

39.

RESI

The Resident Patient

40.

RETI

The Adventure of the Retired

Colourman

41.

SCAN

A

Scandal in Bohemia

42.

SECO

The Adventure of the Second Stain

43.

SHOS

The Adventure of Shoscombe Old

 

Place

44.

SIGN

The Sign of the Four

45.

SILV

Silver Blaze

46.

SIXN

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

47.

SOLI

The Adventure of the Solitary

Cyclist

48.

SPEC

The Adventure of the Speckled

 

Band

49.

STOC

The Stockbroker’s Clerk

50.

STUD

A

Study in Scarlet

51.

SUSS

The Adventure of the Sussex

Vampire

52.

THOR

The Problem of Thor Bridge

53.

3GAB

The Adventure of the Three Gables

54.

3GAR

The Adventure of the Three

Garridebs

55.

3STU

The Adventure of the Three

Students

56.

TWIS

The Man with the Twisted Lip

57.

VALL

The Valley of Fear

58.

VEIL

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

59.

WIST

The Adventure of the Wisteria

Lodge

60.

YELL

The Yellow Face

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Ronald E. Lies, of The Sherlock Holmes Social Networkfame, who likes to sign off as “Ron in Denver”, is a brand new member of SHSI. He shares his experience with his favourite books on Sherlock Holmes and the story behind each of his copies an inspiration for every Sherlockian/Holmesian around the world.

The Power of Books

I have always been addicted to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For me, he has created magic with his word pictures. I have been thinking about the books that brought me to Holmes. After finding copies of the covers through Google, I wanted to share my experiences through these pictures.

The first book was a paperback edition of William S Baring Gould’s, “Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street". It had a red cover with two figures swirling around as if in tobacco smoke. A friend in high school showed me his copy and let me read the book. I had to find out about the Sherlock Holmes who had all these adventures. Who was the Irene whose name was on the lips of the old man who passed away on a park bench? I found that volume created a little controversy since its release.

that volume created a little controversy since its release. I then purchased a paperback with stories
that volume created a little controversy since its release. I then purchased a paperback with stories

I then purchased a paperback with stories from

the Canon that transported me from a house in Wichita, Kansas in the 1950s to a Victorian world of Holmes and Watson. The Doctor is the one I imagined myself to be. I could picture him be the loyal, intelligent companion who became a close friend as well.

The great stories in the book started with; The Thor Bridge, and ended with The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place. By then I had to know more. There had to be more. Postscript: I lost the original copy I had. Years later, a dear Sherlockian special friend Chuck Hansen passed on and left me his copy. I treasure it as much I would a

Beaton’s Christmas Annual.

I treasure it as much I would a Beaton’s Christmas Annual. I saved my allowance and

I saved my allowance and money made mowing

lawns and doing odd jobs around my neighbourhood. I was able to buy a copy of the one volume that would bring so much delight and enjoyment to me. I had the Doubleday complete one volume.

I wore out two copies of the book by journeys on the city buses, bikes,

family vacations. There were stops at swimming pool decks and wherever I worked through high school and college. After several years, I no longer had a copy of the one volume with dust jacket. I bought a copy of the 2-volume set but it did not have the memories as my first. They say that you never forget your first love.

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Through the aid of close Sherlockian friends, I put together another copy. Larry Feldman gave his old copy, no dust jacket, with his interesting underlined notes. Karen Murdock sent me a laminated copy of the dust jacket. These gifts allowed me to put together a copy of the complete one volume. I now carry my copy protected in a zippered book cover case. It means so much.

The books above have led me through the years, good times, bad times and continuing health challenges to my own Shangri-La. I have met and made so many interesting, aggravating, unique and loyal Sherlockians and Holmesian friends. Thank you all. I hope this article and the above pictures bring back good memories for you also.

Sketch

Sawri Madkaikar is a 16-year- old student from Mumbai who plans to pursue Psychology. She
Sawri Madkaikar is a 16-year-
old student from Mumbai who
plans to pursue Psychology. She
adores Sherlock Holmes and has
given us this beautiful sketch of
hers to publish.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Sudden Death

Holmes and Dr. Watson were travelling in a plane going to Beijing as they were going to meet an old friend of theirs. His name was Mr. Yang Lee. He, his wife and his mother lived together on the outskirts of Beijing. His widowed mother had shifted with him

after his father’s death. After a few hours, Holmes and Dr. Watson reached Beijing. Holmes rang the door bell. Mrs. Karma Lee, Mr. Yang Lee’s mother opened the door. She looked surprised. “Oh! Hello Mr. Holmes and Watson, I suppose Yang forgot to tell me. Do come in.” Inside the house, Holmes and Watson

went for tea to Miss Chang's house she got a shock on hearing the secret from Chang. “Well, if Sue really wants to kill me I should kill her first.” So, when Sue asked for a glass of water, Karma bought one mixed with slow acting poison that strikes you after six hours of drinking it. And soon it was the end of Sue. Holmes calmed down Yang and promised that he would solve the case. Holmes’ and Watson’s main suspect was Mrs. Karma Lee as she had been acting very strange after Sue’s death and had been least interested. “But who cares?” were her

This story has been written by a very special Sherlockian – Tvisha Mehta, all of
This story has been written by
a very special Sherlockian –
Tvisha Mehta, all of 9,
studying in Grade 3 at Aditya
Birla World Academy. The
submission was made to us
on her behalf by her Class
Teachers, Tulika and Palak.

were warmly greeted by Mr. Yang Lee and his wife Mrs. Sue Lee. Yang told them that Sue was a model and was going for a MRS. CHINA contest the day after. Holmes and

surprising words to Yang when he started to grieve in pain. Now Holmes started suspecting Karma Lee even more. That day, Holmes gave Karma such

a serious stare that she was sure that Holmes was suspecting her. “I know he doesn't have any proof,” thought Karma, “but I better run away to my house in Hong- Kong.” So that night she packed her bag and set out, only to find the police, Watson and Holmes waiting at the door step. “I found the poison in your drawer, nothing to hide Mrs. Karma and I suspected you were going to run away.” Karma surrendered and handed herself over to the police. Watson and Holmes went back to London, happy in the knowledge that they had helped their best friend in his quest for his wife’s murderer.

Watson wished her good luck and then dispersed to their rooms to take a nap. In the evening, all of them had a talk. Then, Mrs. Karma Lee went to their neighbour’s house for a chat. At night every one slept like a log, being so tired. But Sue and Yang slipped out for a quiet walk. They went to their neighbours’ garden to talk. “Your mom will usurp all the property and most of the money we have,” said Sue. “This is always the topic,” complained Yang and went to the house to sleep. Sue decided on a plan to kill their mother-in-law. But their neighbour, Miss Chang guessed her intentions and decided to tell Karma secretly the next day.

The following evening, when Mrs. Karma Lee

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Story-writing Contest Artwork Contest Pucca Holmesian Contest •Write a short story featuring Sherlock Holmes based
Story-writing Contest
Artwork Contest
Pucca Holmesian Contest
•Write a short story featuring
Sherlock Holmes based on the
following: “My name is Sherlock
Holmes. It is my business to know
what other people do not know.”
•Turn to "The Five Orange Pips"
section of this e-zine on page 36.
•Solve
puzzle
collect
each pip as instructed.
•Once you have solved all five,
•We don't really like to impose
word-limits, but try and keep it
•Create a pictorial feature - a
sketch, a painting, digital art,
photograph, collage - anything
that catches your fancy. No
videos or presentations or audio
files, please. Whatever you do,
send it to us as JPEG or PNG or
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each
and
email
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to
us
as
instructed.
roughly
between
500-2500
words.
Please
try
to
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MS
Word
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a
similar
word-
•Requirements - a nexus with
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"There is nothing more deceptive
than an obvious fact."
•The first three correct answers
will win prizes - SHSI goodies,
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•The best three will win prizes -
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SHSI goodies, yes!
•Everyone who gets the answers
right will be awarded the "Pucca
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•All stories
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•All artwork that we like will be
published in our next issue.
•Last date for submission: August
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Hurry! Rush in your entries to us to claim your prizes! Remember to
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The Clandestine Code

It was a hot, sunny afternoon and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were discussing an article in the newspaper when a woman arrived at their doorstep. She appeared timorous and was sweating profusely.

“Sirs, please accompany me to my apartment as soon as possible,” she pleaded.

Dr. Watson attempted to calm her down, but in vain. Ultimately, they agreed to accompany her. On the way, Holmes asked her to narrate her story.

She began, “My name is

Rochelle Hunter. I stay in

an

apartment

at

Featherstone

Street.

The

is

She

my

at

stays

good

alone

friend.

around

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of the entire scenario. Holmes and Watson both checked the room and the dead body. The dead body had a cut near the stomach. Holmes examined the wound thoroughly.

“Holmes, take a look at this bit of paper. This was hidden,” said Dr. Watson, extracting a crumpled sheet from the dead woman’s fist. Holmes examined the paper and they returned to Baker Street.

“So, what do you say, Holmes? Did you get any clue to the culprit?”

asked Watson.

Neha H. Shetty is a 22-year-old Chartered Accountant from Mumbai. She is a great admirer of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, and in true C.A. style, she brings us a modern adventure story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with numbers and calculators.

Fiddling with the note, the detective answered, “Watson, I do not have supernatural powers yet. There is a lot of work to be done before we reach any conclusion. As you observed, the note reads Mr. Gilchrist- 773855178.

I feel that Ms. Blake was unconscious when she was murdered and she knew the murderer.”

adjacent flat belongs to Ms.

Blake, who is a working

woman.

and

Today,

o’clock, I went to her flat to

borrow a newspaper. The door was open, so I went in and nearly stumbled over her dead body on the floor. There was so much blood and it was terrible! So I came straight away to beg your assistance.”

“How did you conclude that?” asked Watson.

Holmes replied, “The wound makes it clear that the murder was executed using a sharp knife. A normal individual would naturally cry out at the immense pain. But Ms. Hunter said that she didn’t hear any noise which means that Ms. Blake wasn’t conscious when she was murdered. Further, the flat of Ms. Blake was intact; not even a single thing was out of place. This reveals that Ms. Blake knew the murderer. She didn’t have any idea that the person had come to kill her, so she didn’t take any move to defend herself and the murderer easily completed the task.”

herself and the murderer easily completed the task.” “Do you suspect anyone? Did you hear any

“Do you suspect anyone? Did you hear any noise while this murder took place?” asked Holmes.

“No,” she replied.

All three reached the apartment and the investigations began. The floor had five flats. Ms. Hunter said only three rooms of the five were occupied. On further enquiry, Holmes came to know that the owner of third flat, named Mr. Wilson, had just been back from

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Dr. Watson said, “From my medical examination, I can tell you that she was rendered unconscious using chloroform. I think the number on the note may be a contact number.”

“No, it’s not. I already tried that.” replied Holmes.

number,

God

knows

what

this

number

means!”

Holmes replied, “A famous author once said that ‘Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet’. Be patient, Watson; we shall soon unravel the enigma behind this number.”

Watson pulled out a calculator and summed up the digits of the number. But nothing seemed to work out. Fed up completely he

typed the digits in a row on the calculator screen and started tapping his fingers on the table. Opposite to him Holmes was sitting busy thinking on the case, when his eyes fell on the calculator on which the number was typed. Holmes roared with joy, “Eureka! Eureka!”

Their conversation broke when the door flew open and a sergeant rushed in.

He said, “A man has been found dead at the Whitecross Street at the footpath.”

found dead at the Whitecross Street at the footpath.” Holmes and Dr. Watson, without delay, reached

Holmes and Dr. Watson, without delay, reached the crime scene and enquired about the dead man. They came to know that his name was Gilchrist and he lived at Whitecross street itself. Holmes and Watson realized that he may be the same Gilchrist whose name was written on the note found in Ms. Blake’s fist.

Watson

was

taken

aback

by

his

voice

and

asked

him

what

happened.

Holmes answered, “The number mystery is solved. Quickly, tell me there is any place named Blissbell.”

On reaching Gilchrist’s home, they met his mother, informing her of her son’s death, and asked her whether she knew about Ms. Blake, which she denied. On inspecting the house, Holmes found Gilchrist’s personal diary secretly hidden. On one of the pages something was written in small letters at the corner of the page. Through a magnifying glass Holmes discovered that it was the same number again, i.e. 773855178. But this time there was no name around. Gilchrist’s mother didn’t know about the number.

Back in their

“Gilchrist was poisoned for sure.” He attempted to solve the mystery of the number in vain, and Dr. Watson grumbled, “I’m irritated at this number now. It is neither a contact number nor can it be any vehicle

home, Dr. Watson said,

number nor can it be any vehicle home, Dr. Watson said, “Wait Watson asked. a minute.

“Wait

Watson asked.

a

minute.

What

is

this

Blissbell?”

Without explaining, Sherlock left to enquire about his finding and a confused Watson followed. They learnt that Blissbell was a recently inaugurated hotel in London. They reached the hotel and enquired about any suspicious event in last two-three days. The receptionist said that two days ago a waiter named Harry was sacked for misbehaving with a guest. Sherlock obtained his address and went to his home. Harry was perplexed at the entry of unknown visitors.

Sherlock asked him, “What illegal activity are you involved in? Look, we have not informed Police yet, but if we do so, you know where

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behind the bars, confess the truth as early as you can.”

Completely petrified Harry said, “I am the right hand of a drug dealer who has a drug racket spread across London. Every customer used to consult me for drugs. I used to operate through Hotel Blissbell in the disguise of a waiter i.e. first accepting orders and then supplying drugs. I used to take orders from only those who gave the correct code i.e.

773855178.”

Watson was surprised and looked at Sherlock and Harry. Sherlock further asked, “So, young man, will you now reveal the name of your Boss?” Harry took them to an old disheveled building which was somewhat distant from Hotel Blissbell.

Sherlock and Dr. Watson were accompanied by Police to avoid missing this chance to trap the culprit. With light footsteps, they entered the building and found some young boys and girls who were drug addicts. Successfully, they spotted the Boss who was talking on phone and got baffled on seeing Police entering his premises. The boss was none other than Mr. Wilson i.e. Ms. Blake’s neighbor. On being questioned he confessed, “I killed Ms. Blake and Gilchrist. Ms. Blake was my customer but she never paid for drugs on time. A heavy amount was due from her. Instead of paying, she blackmailed me that she would tell about my business to Police. So I had to kill her. I had returned to my home from Sunbury previous night at around 1.00 am. I first rendered her unconscious and then killed her with the knife. Gilchrist was my helping hand

in my business. But over the years he had becoming very greedy and demanding. He asked for a higher share in our profits. So I killed him, too. I thought I was running a safe business but you ruined everything.”

“Wrong doing never escapes. Its life-span is very short,” retorted Holmes.

The Police arrested Wilson and left.

Sherlock and Watson returned to Baker Street by late evening. But Watson was still discontented. He couldn’t restrain himself any more and asked, “Holmes, how did you know about the Hotel Blissbell? Please unlock the mystery.”

Sherlock laughed and replied, “My dear Watson, when you were typing the number 773855178 on the calculator screen, I saw the screen from the opposite direction, since I was facing you.” He took the calculator, typed the code and turned it around.

7 7 3 8 5 5 1 7 8 ->as it appeared on calculator screen

B L I S S B E L L-> as it appeared from the other side

Dr. Watson exclaimed in admiration, “Blissbell. Whoa! What a genius you are! So this is how you got a link to the Hotel Blissbell. Really, you have such talent!”

“Thank you, Watson, and your support was commendable, too. Your medical talents also came to my aid, my friend,” Sherlock smiled and replied before picking up the newspaper.

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The snippets below are just teasers trailers, if you will, to the kind of discussions the Sherlock Holmes Society of India usually indulges in. We have ongoing arguments on such topics in our SHSI forum pretty much all the time, thanks to our almost two hundred experienced and erudite members. While it is not actually possible for us to list out all our eminent members here, we would not really be exaggerating much if we say that most are scholars in their own right. Want to join us? We would be glad to welcome you on board. Drop us a line and you can be a part of SHSI as well!

SH •Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective •Sherlock Holmes is widely believed to have been born on
SH
•Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective
•Sherlock Holmes is widely believed to have been born on January 6, 1854. (We really do not
think we need to elaborate further on the Master.)
•He turns 160 on January 6, 2014, and grand plans for celebration of his birthday are
underway, not only in London, but in various parts of the world.
JHW
•Dr. John H, Watson, Captain, Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers, Royal Army Medical Corps
•The canon introduces us to "John H. Watson", and then we find that his wife is addressing
him as "James"!
•The "H" is never revealed. Several hypotheses exist - some claim it stands for "Hamish",
some say it's just an "H", and others propose it stands for something else altogether. We do
know, however, that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (BBC Sherlock) take it as "Hamish".
JM
•Professor Moriarty, Professor of Mathematics, Criminal Mastermind
•Professor Moriarty's first name is not referred to in "The Final Problem" - but in another
instance in the canon, it is said to be "James".
•Professor Moriarty seems to have two brothers - a Colonel James Moriarty and a station
master.
MH
•Mycroft Holmes, British Government
•Mycroft Holmes is seven years senior to Sherlock Holmes, and the only known brain
superior to Sherlock Holmes. His powers of observation exceed that of our favourite
Consulting Detective.
•Mycroft is known to be unsocial - he is a founder-member of the Diogenes Club, where the
members are forbidden from speaking with or acknowledging other members.
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Senjuti Das is known to her friends, acquaintances and the rest of the world as
Senjuti
Das
is
known
to
her
friends, acquaintances and the
rest of the world as an ace
photographer. Currently based
in the USA, she is a lawyer and
is fantastically creative – as
shown by this compilation done
by her – on a special request.

Montage

shown by this compilation done by her – on a special request. Montage Sherlock Holmes Society
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Senjuti’s Disclaimer: I do not own any rights to any of the pictures, I have
Senjuti’s Disclaimer:
I do not own any rights to any of the
pictures, I have sourced them from the
internet and this creation is not meant to
be used for any unauthorised purposes.
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Dr. Shalini Sharma, currently based in Lucknow, has always been an ardent admirer of Dr. Watson for successfully weaning someone as strong- willed as Sherlock Holmes from his drug addiction to cocaine and morphine. She gives us the medical side of these drugs to keep all Sherlockians off them.

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Sherlockians off them. Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge Cocaine Cocaine is a natural alkaloid from leaves

Cocaine

Cocaine is a natural alkaloid from leaves of Erythroxylum coca, a South American plant growing on the foothills of the Andes which was known to the natives as khoka. The natives of Peru and Bolivia habitually chew these leaves. Khoka, which meant the plant, quickly became

these leaves. Khoka, which meant the plant, quickly became known as coca in Europe. In 1860,

known as coca in Europe. In 1860, German scientists isolated the main alkaloid and named it cocaine. Cocaine is a good surface anaesthetic. It is rapidly absorbed from the buccal mucous membrane. It produces prominent central nervous stimulation with marked effect on mood and behaviour. It induces a sense of well being, delays fatigue and increases the power of endurance. In susceptible individuals, it produces strong psychological but little physical dependence. Cocaine is unique among drugs of abuse in not producing significant tolerance on repeated use. Cocaine should never be injected. It is a protoplasmic poison and causes tissue

necrosis.

Cocaine intoxication can result in life threatening cardiovascular, pulmonary, and CNS complications due to increased level of catecholamines in the body. Many features of cocaine intoxication are shared with amphetamine toxicity and management is similar. Both substances are commonly coingested with alcohol which may complicate management. Clinical presentation can be quite varied. Hyperthermia (rise in body temperature), hypertension (rise in blood pressure), tachycardia (rise in heart rate) are common. Neuropsychiatric manifestations may include agitation, delirium, confusion and seizures. It can also cause acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) or arrhythmias. It also causes nausea, vomiting and mydriasis (dilatation of pupil).

Management depends on presentation. Diazepam 5 to 10 mg every 5 minutes as needed function as first line therapy for agitation and most manifestations of toxicity. Treatment of hyperthermia includes sedation and external cooling. Hypertension and other cardiac manifestations are best treated with sedation and if necessary calcium channel blockers, sodium nitroprusside or phentolamine.

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50

mg

produces

toxicity.

is

Morphine

The dark brown, resinous material obtained from poppy Papaver somniferum is opium. Opium has been known from the earliest times. It is mentioned in the Eber’s papyrus (1500 BC), in the writings of Theophrastus (300 BC) and Galen (2nd century AD). Opium eating became a social custom in china in the 18th century. Serturner, a pharmacist isolated the active principle of opium in 1806 and named it morphine after the Greek god of dreams Morpheus. Morphine is a strong analgesic. Though dull poorly localised visceral pain is relieved better than sharply defined somatic pain, higher doses can mitigate severe pain- degree of analgesia increasing with dose. The associated reactions to intense pain apprehension, fear ,autonomic effects are also

depressed. Sedation, drowsiness and indifference to surroundings as well as to own body occurs without motor coordination, ataxia or apparent excitement. Higher doses produce sleep and coma. Mood and subjective effects are prominent. Morphine has a calming effect, there is loss of apprehension, feeling of detachment, lack of initiative, limbs feel heavy and body warm,

mental clouding and inability to concentrate. Rapid intravenous injection by addicts gives them a kick or rush which is intensely pleasurable - akin to orgasm. It depresses the cough centre. Depresses the temperature regulating centre, decrease in body temperature occurs in cold surroundings. Causes nausea and vomiting, constriction of pupil, convulsions may occur in morphine poisoning. Constipation is a prominent feature. Acute morphine poisoning is accidental, suicidal or seen in drug abusers. In the non tolerant adult

of

intramuscular

morphine

serious

The

human lethal dose

assumed to be

around 250 mg. Stupor or coma, flaccidity, shallow and occasional breathing , cyanosis, pin point pupil, fall in blood pressure shock, convulsions may be seen in few. Death is due to respiratory failure.

Treatment consists of respiratory support and maintenance of blood pressure. Gastric lavage should be done with potassium permanganate. Specific antidote is naloxone. High degree of tolerance can be developed to morphine if the drug is used repeatedly. Addicts tolerate morphine in grams; lethal

dose is markedly increased. Morphine produces pronounced physical and psychological dependence, its abuse liability is rated high. Concern about abuse has been a major limitation in the use of morphine for chronic pain when repeated doses have to be given. Withdrawal of morphine is associated with marked drug seeking behaviour. Physical manifestations are - lacrymation (watering of eyes), sweating, yawning, anxiety, fear, restlessness, gooseflesh, tremor, insomnia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dehydration, rise in blood pressure, palpitation and rapid weight loss. Treatment consists of withdrawal of morphine and substitution with oral methadone followed by gradual withdrawal of methadone. Relapse rate among post addicts is high.

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Aayam Banerjee is an investment banker by profession, and excels at pretty much everything that requires brain-work. After a fair amount of pleading and nagging by his wife, Aayam took two precious hours out of his busy day and sent us two stories. We liked them both too much to publish just one so here we are. This is the first story. The second one follows after the puzzles section.

The First Kiss of Sherlock Holmes

after the puzzles section. The First Kiss of Sherlock Holmes  "Mister Holmes." Sherlock Holmes, the

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"Mister Holmes."

Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant consulting detective, lifted his head in acute interest; I, sitting next to him, glanced up…and stayed in that attitude for a long time. The entering party was a woman, in perhaps her mid-twenties, who, as was the fashion at the moment, had her hair cut asymmetrically and hanging perfectly straight around her face, parted untidily and jagged at the ends. Only the exceptional loveliness of the girl's smooth face and her dazzling smile saved it from being extraordinarily revolting; on another it would have been hideous. I could never understand the fads of the young people these days; they seemed to go out of their way to make themselves hideous and unpresentable. The frock she wore, however, rather rectified the matter of her hair, highlighting her physical

beautyand all in all she was an extremely pretty thing, appealingly attractive and doe-eyed. Holmes, for his part, seemed a little astonished; pretty girls rarely came to him, or at least not to his private quarters.

"Good evening, madam. Come and take a seat."

She obliged, and her slim white hands toyed with her dress, even as her large grey eyes fixed imploringly on Sherlock, who was, at the moment, puffing away in his pipe, creating a "poisonous atmosphere" of tobacco smoke in the room.

"Mister Holmes, I came to ask you forfor a favour." she murmured, her light body leaning forward, the picture of innocence.

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Now Sherlock, in his long and illustrious career, had been asked for many, many favours; cautiously, he replied:

"Please proceed, I will definitely help you if it is

my

within

powers."

"Well, I-I need your assistance in a very important matter." Her voice became impossibly soft and girlish; with her eyes cast down so that her lashes whispered against her cheek, she continued:

"My uncle died last week, Mister Holmes, and I – I … I'm determined to find out who the killer is. You simply have to help me…I can't spend the rest of my life—not knowing…"

She would have been, I thought, watching this touching little scene, quite the actress; her histrionic powers were indeed quite inspiring. Quite unmoved, Holmes nodded kindly and murmured:

"Understandable, of course. Pardon, I did not quite catch your name…"

"Isabella," she replied. "Isabella Adams, but you must call me Bella. Now, Sir, will you help me?"

"Ah, but Miss Adams, is there not the Scotland Yard? The local police? Why do you see me as your saviour?"

She leant in a little further, until her face was quite close to poor Holmes’; stroking his sleeve, she replied softly:

"Why, Mister Holmes, they say you're terribly clever at solving these crimes …"

I do not know which tickled Sherlock more: this stroking of his already unmanageable ego or the fact that a beautiful female was mere inches from him, her hand caressing his arm. Recalling his disposition, I decided in favour of the former.

"Rubbish!" purred Holmes. "This is pure balderdash."

"Now, don't be so modest," she insisted, aiming those eyes directly at him a devastating weapon, I was sure. "Everyone knows how brilliant you are; all I hear is Holmes this and Holmes that…and of course as Dr. Watson chronicles, you are the best detective in the whole wide world … ", her fingers creeping up his arm.

The girl, this Isabella Adams, had really done her research; at her words Holmes beamed and purred like a schoolgirl complimented on a new dress. "So Mister

Holmes, do
Holmes,
do

you think you could do it? Please? It would be ever such a favour…and I'd remember it forever and ever…"

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Even Sherlock, the sharp and emotionally- detached analytical machine, was overwhelmed by this dexterous combination of flattery and physical attention; no doubt his old blood was pumping fresh again with excitement.

"Well, madam … if it must be, it must be…"

"Oh, thank you, Mister Holmes!" cried Bella, and punctuated her statement by kissing the startled Holmes quickly on the lips; I choked into my tea with a mixture of keen amusement at his expression and deep shock. "You're the most marvellous man on earth! Thank you, thank you!"

She nearly danced out of the room, kissing her lovely hand to him once more and

leaving a blushing, rather flustered Holmes in her wake; this had certainly been a singular experience. He turned, and, for a bare moment, met my eyes, staring over the rim of my cup and alight with laughter as they observed the soft red lipstick left on his mouth. His eyes narrowed, and grew stern.

"Not a word, my dear Watson," he said firmly. "Not a word. The girl, she has made a fool of me."

And yet, as we continued our tea in silence, I thought I heard him murmur wistfully:

"Ah—women …"

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“He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he squeezed out
“He took an orange from the
cupboard, and tearing it to pieces
he squeezed out the pips upon the
table. Of these he took five and
thrust them into an envelope.”
- The Five Orange Pips
THE PUZZLES
How
well
do
you
know
Sherlock Holmes?
This section has five puzzles,
each a “pip”. Needless to say,
each is designed to test your
knowledge of our favourite
detective.
THE PRIZE
When you solve one puzzle,
you earn a “pip”. If you earn all
five, we award you the title of
“Pucca Holmesian” and put up
your name on our Facebook
page for the world to see, as
well as in our next issue.
So, rush in your entries to us at
shsieditors@yahoo.in or
shsieditors@gmail.com
by
August 31, 2013. We shall
release the solution on
September 1, 2013 on our SHSI
page on Yahoo and Facebook.
The first three people to get the
right
answers
will
win
Sherlockian goodies as well!
Good luck!

The Five Orange Pips

goodies as well! Good luck! The Five Orange Pips How many words can you figure out
goodies as well! Good luck! The Five Orange Pips How many words can you figure out

How many words can you figure out from the word wheel given below? The letter in the centre (S) must be used in each word. Ordinary English words, please.

h k e S c r o l
h
k
e
S
c
r
o
l

We will consider you a winner if you can get twenty or more. Remember, the other puzzles are absolute, so more you score here, the better.

Have you earned your first pip?

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How well do you know the characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories? Find out if
How well do you know the
characters in the Sherlock
Holmes stories? Find out if you
can answer each clue
if
not,
maybe it is time to re-read the
canon
Have you earned your
second pip?
Across

8.

The Greek Interpreter

10.

First victim of Lion's Mane

11.

Holmes' disguise as a plumber

12.

Sherlock's favourite canine

14.

Dr. Watson's wife

15.

The cabbie in "A Study in Scarlet"

16.

Thief of the Blue Carbuncle

20.

Colonel Moran

23.

Big brother

25.

The banker holding the Beryl Coronet as collateral

29.

The Inspector in "The Dying Detective"

30.

Sherlock's Norwegian alias

31.

Mr. Pike, Gossipmonger

32.

The Noble Bachelor

33.

Irene Adler's husband

Down

1.

Professor Moriarty's brother

2.

The doctor fascinated with Sherlock's skull

3.

He smashed the Napoleons

4.

Black Peter

5.

Baron Gruner's nemesis

6.

The twins who found the Agra treasure hidden by their father

7.

Dr. Watson

9.

The third Garrideb

13.

The Inspector in "The Blue Carbuncle"

15.

Who was the Crooked Man?

17.

He introduced Holmes and Watson

18.

Holmes' fake fiancée

19.

He saved Dr. Watson's life in Afghanistan

21.

The murderer of Charles McCarthy

22.

The inspector Jones from Scotland Yard who is "tenacious as a lobster"

24.

The Norwood Builder

26.

Commissionaire who found the goose with the stone

27.

Professor Coram's wife

28.

The Veiled Lodger

29.

Holmes' client in “The Yellow Face

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Veiled Lodger 29. Hol mes' client in “ The Yellow Face ” Sherlock Holmes Society of
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Image 2
Image 2
Image 1
Image 1

“You see but you do not observe,” Sherlock Holmes taunts.

Or do you? There are ten differences between Image 1 and Image 2. Can you spot them all?

Have you earned your third pip?

The clue is in the canon itself – surely you can recognise it? We shall
The clue is in the canon itself – surely you can recognise
it? We shall give you another clue to crack the cipher:
“What one man can invent another can discover.”
Have you earned your fourth pip?
man can invent another can discover.” Have you earned your fourth pip? Sherlock Holmes Society of
man can invent another can discover.” Have you earned your fourth pip? Sherlock Holmes Society of
man can invent another can discover.” Have you earned your fourth pip? Sherlock Holmes Society of

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Identify the sixteen actors– all of them have been Holmes avatars. Have you earned your
Identify the sixteen actors– all of
them have been Holmes avatars.
Have you earned your fifth pip?
1
2
3
4
7
8
5
6
9
10
12
11
14
15
16
13
Once you have collected your five pips, send us an email with your answers by
Once you have collected your five pips,
send us an email with your answers by
August 31, 2013 at shsieditors@yahoo.in
or shsieditors@gmail.com to earn your
“Pucca Holmesian” title and prize!

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The second story by Aayam Banerjee – “Consulting Encyclopaedia”.

The Silk Tie

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that it is impossible to keep a secret from Sherlock Holmes. However, I, Dr. John H. Watson, beg to differ. I have one secret from him and I am proud to say he suspects nothing.

It started accidentally. Mrs. Hudson had packed Holmes’ bags in

a hurry when he was summoned to who-knows-where for some matter of national importance and had left out one of his silk ties. This was rather unusual for Mrs. Hudson, who is usually a lady of great order and method, hence her value to Holmes. I found the tie just as I was heading to bed that evening and was about to put it away when I caught the scent of it. It smelt exactly like my friend, and before I knew what I was doing I was in my room, in bed, still clutching Holmes' tie. I slept better that night than I had

done in years.

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It isn't often that Holmes leaves without me; more often than not I accompany him and attempt to be helpful. I know that I will never make as great a detective as he is, but I like to think that my observations and casual remarks about a case serve some purpose. He certainly thinks so, or I would not still be here. After that first occasion, I was not left by myself for nearly a year and had almost forgotten all about it.

We were sitting in our customary fashion in the sitting room, with Holmes on the sofa and myself in the comfortable chair when my friend put down his post and regarded me across the room. He informed me that he needed to go away for a night and that he would be leaving me here as he was expecting a very important caller. I agreed, somewhat half-heartedly life was always more exciting wherever Holmes was. Quickly, while he was busy in the kitchen, I stole into his rooms and slipped a tie out of his bag. He left not long after, and I took his tie to bed with me again that night.

The months and years passed. I was not often away from Holmes, but whenever we were forced apart I managed to sneak a tie that had his unique flavour to it out of his bags to keep with me while he was gone. He never commented on it, and I surmised that as Mrs. Hudson always packed his bags for him he would not necessarily notice the absence of a certain item unless it was one he had specifically requested. I was careful to choose different ties each time so that my friend did not get suspicious.

I mused on this incident that had somehow become

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a habit as I walked home. As I rounded the corner and caught sight of our building I quickened my step. Holmes was due to leave this evening on a trip up north and had requested I stay behind. I was anxious to get home before he left as I had had no opportunity earlier to select a tie from the ones he proposed to take with him. As I let myself into the flat, Mrs. Hudson emerged from the office.

"Oh, Dr. Watson, there you are!" she said with relief. "I was just about to go home but didn't want to leave until you were back. Mr. Holmes's just left I'm afraid, he had to catch an earlier train." My heart sank; I had missed my chance. I saw her out and then glumly turned back to the interior of the flat. My friend was gone for two nights, possibly three and I had nothing to remind me of him in his absence. I checked his rooms in the vain hope of finding something, but everything was clean and crisp and smelt of starch. I resigned myself to a couple of lonely days on my own and wandered the place aimlessly, eating my dinner without really tasting it and reading a dull book.

I stayed up late, not wanting to go to bed knowing my friend was not in the flat. When it was past midnight and I felt tired enough to fall sleep immediately without lying awake dwelling on matters, I made my way to my rooms. I had brushed my teeth and made all my preparations before I noticed something on my bed and a note pinned to the pillow. Opening it, I found a short missive in my friend's hand.

"My dear Watson,

I regret that I had to leave before you were back from your errand. I hope you have a good few days and are not too bored on your own. As you did not have time to make ample provision for my absence, I have taken it upon myself to make sure you will be comfortable during my time away.

Ever yours, Sherlock Holmes" Underneath the note was a neatly folded silk tie.
Ever yours,
Sherlock Holmes"
Underneath the note was a neatly folded silk tie.

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working for a credit rating agency. She had visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London with
working for a credit rating agency. She had visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London with

working for a credit rating agency. She had visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London with her family, and she narrates her adventure, spiced up with plenty of pictures!

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Sherlock Holmes Museum - London

I had visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street in London in June last year with my family. I have written about my experience there.

with my family. I have written about my experience there. I was introduced to the world
with my family. I have written about my experience there. I was introduced to the world

I was introduced to the world of Sherlock Holmes at the age of 14 by my father. It was a very fascinating world. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- I remember there were 3 volumes. Once I started reading them, I couldn’t put the books down. The experience was a treat for the mind!

the books down. The experience was a treat for the mind! My father and I share

My father and I share the passion for the genius Sherlock Holmes is. Then, on a family visit to London in June last year, while travelling on the tube, we decided to get off at Baker Street; just got excited by the name and we had to visit Abbey Road which was just close by. The adventure starts at the tube station itself. We discovered unique tile-work in this station which commemorates Sherlock Holmes's association with Baker Street. My father and I were super kicked with this discovery. At the exit, we saw a finger pointing toward 221B baker street, Aha! As we started walking on Baker Street, yes Baker Street! We spotted another Sherlock clue: a cafe asking “What’s this? Sherlock Holmes’ Food and Beverages”. And on the opposite side of the road, was 221B Baker Street and a Sherlock Holmes museum!!

We all were jumping with joy to say the least. We crossed over and started taking photos. There was a man dressed up as a policeman standing at the door, absolutely authentic! And we could pose with him for a photo in front of 221B and we were supplied with a deerstalker and a pipe, Sherlock style. We then entered the door! Into that mysterious place. There it was, as imagined, Sherlock’s residing place.

It

the layout of the house, maintained beautifully. A separate section honouring some of the finest books, special designated area for The Hound of the Baskervilles. It even had statues of various characters out of the books and even a visiting card tag board, in case you want Sherlock to contact you! And most importantly, a compilation of all the letters received at this address from people across the world, looking for the Sherlock Holmes! After this section, we moved to the merchandise shop, it was another paradise. Cannot describe what all I picked up from there. Overall,

a great experience for us and one that I will never forget!

was a delightful experience everything was stored just as one would think. The living room,

– everything was stored just as one would think. The living room, Sherlock Holmes Society of
– everything was stored just as one would think. The living room, Sherlock Holmes Society of

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Sherlock Holmes in Japan

VASUDEV MURTHY IS THE AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING BOOK “SHERLOCK HOLMES IN JAPAN” UNDER THE PSEUDONYM AKIRA YAMASHITA. HE IS A NEW MEMBER OF SHSI AND BASED IN BENGALURU.

Sherlock Holmes will continue enthralling people generation after generation. What does it matter that he never actually existed, that the language and setting of the original stories were Victorian and culturally alien to most of us? There is something about a strong and magnetic personality, with some human frailties (like cocaine!) and interests (the violin) and a remarkable intelligence that appeals to all of us. Perhaps he represents an *ideal* of perfection in many ways.

Japanese

, apart from the unlikely cultural and

geographical context. The narrative is in Watson’s voice for the most part, with him reporting various other voices too Holmes, Moriarty, a Japanese female intelligence agent, a Chief Priest and so on. What SHSI members might like is that there is plenty of action in India too as the

duo race against time to get to Japan!

Many

writing under an assumed Japanese name. Why, you ask. Actually, just for fun. I

like the country, the culture, the language and the people. And writers like Mishima and Murakami. I have written plenty of short stories under the name

of ‘Akira Yamashita’. It made sense to have a book with the title Sherlock Holmes in Japan seemingly written by a Japanese, instead of some Indian chap sitting in Bangalore! Many better authors have used this technique because it somehow liberates them and allows them to write in a different voice. I can’t explain it any better – you need to

try it to understand.

tried my hand at

years

ago,

I

Thanks to Mr. Murthy, HarperCollins is willing to give a special discount to the members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India on purchase of the book. We are in the process of working out the details of the same with HarperCollins.

The Missing Years or the Great Hiatus, the period between 1891 and 1894, gives Arthur Conan Doyle imitators plenty of leeway. My book, Sherlock Holmes in Japan, being published in June by

HarperCollins India, uses this period gainfully as well. Without revealing too much of the story, perhaps it would do to say that Holmes

and Watson unravel a large conspiracy with players in Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris.

It would be a futile effort to imitate Arthur Conan Doyle beyond a point. I have not done so; except to try my hand at Victorian English. What I have attempted is to have plenty of humour, introduce a slight tension between Holmes and Watson and give some additional attention to music, both Indian and

But back to the book. I’d like to believe it’s

a complex plot and that you will enjoy it.

Sure, many things are unbelievable and straight audacious fiction of course, and

perhaps an amusing attempt to get my

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own views woven into the plot somehow for example, Holmes turns vegetarian and takes to the Indian Classical violin too. That sounds suspiciously like me! There are digressions addressing science in Calcutta, a train journey through India, a few murders, plenty of disguises and so on. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it and also had the pleasure of working with excellent editors who had a sense of humour too.

Calvert Markham, the Treasurer of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, has been generous in his Foreword. The cover

is very classy some very brilliant artist has come out with something that is both ’Sherlocky’ and Japanese. And the beginning is quite unconventional, with Watson expressing irritation with his editor! I have also included a map of the journey laid out in the book and tried my hand at calligraphy there is an ideogram with relevant words from Akira Yamashita at the beginning of each chapter.

I hope this piques your interest enough to visit the Facebook page of the book, and

shortly!

acquire

it

when

it

is

released

Facebook page of the book, and shortly! acquire it when it is released Sherlock Holmes Society
Facebook page of the book, and shortly! acquire it when it is released Sherlock Holmes Society

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What happens when a particle physicist with a penchant for art meets the consulting detective? This! Suprabh Prakash has given us this gorgeous sketch to print.

A Portrait of the Modern Sherlock Holmes

sketch to print. A Portrait of the Modern Sherlock Holmes The sketch is based on BBC’s
The sketch is based on BBC’s “Sherlock” where the spectacular Benedict Cumberbatch plays the great
The sketch is based on BBC’s “Sherlock” where the spectacular
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the great detective.

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where the spectacular Benedict Cumberbatch plays the great detective. Sherlock Holmes Society of India | June

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Summer Drinks

Watson’s Wish

Sunshine Mango (Alcoholic Beverage) or as we like to call it – “Watson’s Wish”

Ingredients

30 ml Whiskey (my favourite: Chivas Regal)

150 ml Mango Nectar

Ice

Equipment

Cocktail Shaker

Martini Glass

Process

Blend Whiskey and Mango Nectar with Ice in the Shaker. Serve Chilled.

Optionally, serve in glass with the rim dipped in salt & lemon juice mixture.

glass with the rim dipped in salt & lemon juice mixture. Sherlock Holmes Society of India
glass with the rim dipped in salt & lemon juice mixture. Sherlock Holmes Society of India

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a

consumer-marketing professional is also one of India’s top Amateur Chefs.

Pritesh has worked on world’s biggest brands including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Whirlpool and Dunkin Donuts. He has been India’s top 10 Amateur Chefs at MasterChef India 2010. He currently works as the CEO of Boardroom Chefs, a food conversations company. He loves travelling and exploring food.

As a special favour to us, Pritesh has created these

two unique

drinks

in

honour of Sherlock

Holmes!

Image

courtesy:

Chef

Michael Swamy

 

The idea of having our own drinks dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was sparked by a group discussion led by the inimitable Tim Symonds.

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Sherlock’s Stupor

Berry Tea On The Rocks (Non-Alcoholic Beverage) or as we like to call it – “Sherlock’s Stupor”

Ingredients

20 grams Granular Tea Leaves

6-7

(assorted)

pieces

of

fresh

berries

Lemon Juice Concentrate

15-20

individual taste)

grams

of

sugar

Hot Water to brew tea

Ice

Equipment

Small Sized Strainer

Cocktail Shaker

Blender

Serving Glasses

Process

(per

Brew Fresh Tea by pouring hot water through the strainer filled with loose granular tea leaves.

through the strainer filled with loose granular tea leaves. Blend the fresh berries and strain the

Blend the fresh berries and strain the puree to discard the seeds.

Mix the Fresh Tea, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sugar, Berries Puree and Ice in a Cocktail Shaker.

Serve Chilled in the Glass and garnish with berries.

Image courtesy (for both recipes): Chef Michael Swamy
Image courtesy (for both recipes): Chef Michael Swamy

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Professor Bradley T. Jones of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA) offers this seminar course – “The Analytical Methods of Sherlock Holmes” – to his freshmen class 1 .

“Please remember that college freshmen wrote all of the stories 2 (one story per student). We have now written many more than Conan Doyle!” the good Professor wrote to us. “The stories are submitted to me anonymously and we review them in class (like an editorial board). The author remains anonymous until the

last day of class (last Tuesday this semester 3 ). I do not go back and insert the names of the authors in the volumes, so they still appear to be anonymous.”

Professor Bradley T. Jones teaches Chemistry at Wake Forest University. He offers a unique course – “The Analytical Methods of Sherlock Holmes” to his freshmen students. We got in touch with him, and he told us a little more about his course.

We, of course, have been perusing the fifteen volumes produced by this class since the year 2000 with great interest.

The class has been talked about in the media (with as much wistfulness as we felt when we learnt about it). It has been covered notably in the local newspaper, The Winston-Salem Journal (November 19, 1998), and the Chronicle of Higher Education (November 22, 2002) copies of which were generously provided by Professor Jones.

The class is a mix of experiments and writing assignments (results of which we are greatly enjoying). Students read the canon and learn Holmesian analysis. Sometimes they learn to identify different types of tobacco or solve abtruse cryptograms or prepare their very own seven percent solutions (of sugar).

Interestingly, the Professor thinks the possibility of success (and duplication) of Holmesian methods in real life is significant, though his students are a little more skeptical.

We wish we had this course in our colleges, too!

1 Further details of the course can be viewed at the university website.

2 There are 15 volumes available at the moment. You can download these here. Highly enjoyable!

3 ‘Last Tuesday’ being April 30, 2013

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VERY

REQUIRES NO INTRODUCTION. SHE IS

THE ORGANISER BEHIND THIS LOVELY TRIP, AND SHE HAS KINDLY PUT TOGETHER THIS LOVELY FLYER-CUM-

FLYER IS

HONESTLY,

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INVITATION FOR US. THE HOLMES AND WATSON ARE COMING TO INDIA! And Holmesians living in
INVITATION FOR US. THE
HOLMES AND WATSON ARE COMING
TO INDIA!
And Holmesians living in India are warmly invited to take part. Get involved at any level,
help us plan special events, join us as we sightsee and celebrate – just email Louise,
indianicholson@nyc.rr.com
THE TRIP
To India with Sherlock Holmes
In the footsteps of Sigerson with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
Monday 17 th February – Sunday 2 nd March
2014
The Taj Mahal in Agra, whose fort is a key location in The Sign of Four
EXPLORE at first hand the many references to India found in Sherlock Holmes’s great adventures, written
when India was the greatest jewel in Queen-Empress Victoria's crown! FOLLOW in Dr. Watson’s footsteps as
you land in Bombay! RELIVE the drama of the Raja’s treasure being stolen and hidden in Agra Fort!
SPECULATE on where Holmes roamed during those lost years – did he visit the great Hindu mystics?
CONSIDER Conan Doyle’s inquiries into eastern philosophies
It will be the journey of a life-time – and this is why!
 This 14-day bespoke trip to India, tailored for the Society, promises to be an experience like no other.
 As we visit Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra and Delhi and see their great sights, we shall also bring
together the Holmesian references to India.
fun!
To do so with Indian Holmesians would heighten the
 We shall travel in style with fellow Holmesians and meet Indian Holmesians wherever we go – did you
know that Conan Doyle is published in India in a dozen Indian languages as well as English and has
inspired many Indian mystery writers? Thus, importantly, we hope to meet many Indian
Holmesians.
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We are setting up a string of specially created events, often with privileged access to private buildings – running a story competition, going to the races in Kolkata, staging a ‘Just a Minute’ quiz with Holmes and Watson, playing games of cricket and croquet, a Victorian bathing party, cocktails at a traditional gentlemen’s club, a Holmesian picnic. Perhaps Indian Holmesians can help realise our dreams?

As on all our adventures abroad, we shall each travel as a character in the Stories and participants will be invited to wear Victorian costume on some occasions, with careful consideration given to weather.

You can just enjoy everything is taken care of by professionals!

Our trip organiser is Louise Nicholson, known for her knowledge, experience and good connections in India, and author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to India.

*

This is not standard upmarket tour of India! Each day will benefit from Louise’s extra personal touches and also have Holmesian relevance to make it especially memorable.

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We shall stay in deluxe hotels starting with Mumbai’s legendary Taj Mahal hotel and ending with The Claridges

in New Delhi. We shall travel in comfort and experience the great sights, good food (both Indian and European) and, of course, India’s colourful bazaars.

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Louise and her local Tour Manager will be with us throughout, handling all the practical arrangements and

caring for each traveller’s needs.

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If 14 days is too short for you, there will be a group extension to visit Amritsar and Shimla/Simla, two important Holmes locations. And Louise can make your private arrangements for additional pre and post-trip days in India and neighbouring countries.

Booking is now open to members and their guests and friends

For the full itinerary, simply email Louise Nicholson: indianicholson@nyc.rr.com

This very special trip to India with fellow Holmesians is unmissable!

special trip to India with fellow Holmesians is unmissable! Agra Fort, the mighty double-walled fortress built

Agra Fort, the mighty double-walled fortress built by Mughal emperor Akbar, was taken by the British in 1803. It became a centre of their administration and commerce and a key communications centre during the 1857 upheavals – hence its appropriate choice in Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four

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Sherlock Holmes - Believe

of the Pondicherry Lodge Sherlock Holmes - Believe Jayantika Ganguly (a.k.a. Jay) is one of the
Jayantika Ganguly (a.k.a. Jay) is one of the SHSI Editors. She has been Sherlock-crazy since
Jayantika Ganguly (a.k.a. Jay)
is one of the SHSI Editors. She
has been Sherlock-crazy since
she was twelve years old. This
article is just an attestation.

It is doubtful that there would be too many English-speaking people in the world who have never heard of Sherlock Holmes. I am willing to bet my life that the possibility of detective-fiction lovers being unaware of the name, regardless of their native tongue, would be either nil or negligible.

To be honest, Sherlock Holmes needs no introduction. He is THE detective.

Technically, he is a Consulting Detective’ – the only one in the world. He invented the job.

and in his later days,

paranormalist Sir Arthur was a man of many talents. His greatest contribution to mankind, to posterity (and to forensic science, one might say), came in the form of the best and the wisest man whom most of us will ever know Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock is no saint, of course. Cold, dispassionate, barely more than a reasoning machine at times 1 he is far from perfect. He is vain about his gifts 2 and tolerates no fools 3 . He has no qualms about using people in general 4 sometimes even friends 5 and acquaintances 6 as experiments 7 or tools 8 in his quest for a solution. He has a penchant for melodrama 9 and yet he accuses his chronicler of ‘romanticism’ 10 .

Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doctor, author

Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doctor, author 1 In words of Dr. Watson

1 In words of Dr. Watson in The Sign of Four, “You really are an automaton — a calculating machine!”

2 As observed by Dr. John Watson in A Study in Scarlet.

3 Sherlock quotes Nicholas Boileau in A Study in Scarlet with reference to police detectives, “Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l’admire.

4 Remember Agatha the maid in The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton? Sherlock wooed her under false pretences and even got engaged to her all to get to Milverton.

5 We all sympathized with Dr. Watson in The Adventure of the Dying Detective.

6 Scotland Yard would swear to it.

7 The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot, where he nearly poisons himself and Dr. Watson…we remain eternally grateful to Dr. Watson for the rescue!

8 The Adventure of the Dying Detective, where poor Dr. Watson labours under the belief that his friend is on his deathbed.

9 The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone of course, Lord Cantlemere had it coming.

10 “Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love- story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid,” Sherlock Holmes says to Dr. Watson in The Sign of Four.

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of Euclid,” S herlock Holmes says to Dr. Watson in The Sign of Four . Sherlock
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Sherlock is hardly a paragon of virtues. He makes mistakes 11 . He is outsmarted 12 . Sometimes, he is baffled 13 . He is somewhat of a misogynist 14 and teases his companion for liking women 15 . He is selfish and self-absorbed at times 16 , forgetting basic kindness 17 . He is macabre 18 . He is a drug addict 19 . He often cares more for the puzzle and its solution than bringing the criminals to justice 20 . He is condescending 21 . He pretends to be unaffected, but sometimes we see that he is still a man, sad to see his friend going away 22 , concerned about his clients 23 and capable of great self-sacrifice 24 . Knowing his end is imminent, he seeks solace and the company of

11 The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips

12 A Scandal in Bohemia, where Irene Adler outsmarts him.

13 The Adventure of the Crooked Man

14 “Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting,” Sherlock observes, in A Scandal in Bohemia.

15 “Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department,” said Holmes, in The Adventure of the Second Stain.

16 “My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence,” he complains in The Red- headed League.

17 The brilliant yet hurtful deduction of Dr. Watson’s watch in The Sign of Four is an example.

18 “It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside,” he says in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

19 The Sign of Four

20 “This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie,” he says in The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor.

21 He states in The Adventure of the Red-headed League, “He is not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone.”

22 Don’t you feel your heart breaking when Sherlock refuses to congratulate Dr. Watson in The Sign of Four and yet pays him a backhanded compliment and conveys his approval? I quote:

"Well, and there is the end of our little drama," I remarked, after we had set some time smoking in silence. "I fear that it may be the last investigation in which I shall have the chance of studying your methods. Miss Morstan has done me the honor to accept me as a husband in prospective."

He gave a most dismal groan. "I feared as much," said he. "I really cannot congratulate you."

I was a little hurt. "Have you any reason to be dissatisfied with my choice?" I asked.

"Not at all. I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met, and might have been most useful in such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way: witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father. But love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things. I should never marry myself, lest I bias my judgment."

23 He is distraught when he thinks Sir Henry has been killed (it turns out to be Selden) in The Hound of Baskervilles, he swears to avenge Hilton Cubitt in The Adventure of the Dancing Men and he shows a glimpse of filial affection for Violet Hunter in The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist.

24 “…if I were assured of the former eventuality I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept the latter,” he says to Professor Moriarty, choosing his own destruction for the greater good.