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The Complete Adventures of Feluda, Vol. 1

(Feluda #1-16)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,661 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Between 1965 and 1992, Satyajit Ray wrote a total of 35 Feluda stories, featuring the master sleuth Pradosh C. Mitter, AKA Feluda. The plots involve murder, mystery and adventure, most of the times in exotic locations, narrated in a racy, humorous style by the detective's cousin-cum-assistant Topeshranjan Mitter AKA Topshe, and in most cases, accompanied by the funny Lalmo ...more
Paperback, 788 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Books India
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Devina Dutta
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Feluda was recommended to me by many including my parents who had read the stories when they were kids. Written by master film maker Satyajit Ray in the 1970s, the first Feluda adventure was published in Ray's Bengali magazine for kids 'Sandesh'. Meant originally for children and teens,the series soon became hit with the adult readers as well and everyone wanted a Feluda adventure to read and share right from 8 year olds to 50 year old adults.
My first reaction on hearing the name Feluda was "oh
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a probasi bengali. As probasi as it can get. I've born, brought up and ruined in Kanpur. Neither of my parents have any deep roots whatsoever in Kolkata. I've been to Kolkata just once(for a month though). I don't like fish(you can facepalm now) and can neither read or write my mother tongue.

So I've been told that essence of Satyajit Ray's writing has been lost somewhat in translation and no matter how much I like it, the bengali version of the stories will always be better. But even then,
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read. I like the way they explored different cities in different adventures, just like Indian James Bond :P Jokes apart, the writing style is very good and more often than not I wasn't able to guess the actual culprit / mystery. As I said - A Fun Read :)
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finally got around to starting the Around the World tour I had been promising myself for a few months now. And where better to start than my own country, especially considering I haven't really read some of the literary gems from India.

The author is well known for his films and has received numerous awards. But it came as a surprise to me that he also wrote short stories and essays. The Complete Adventures of Feluda is a collection of short stories written in the Sherlock Holmes tradition, wi
Pallavi Kamat
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a mystery why I hadn't read any Feluda stories till date. However, better late than never. Feluda (Pradosh C. Mitter) is a detective who is assisted by his young cousin Tapesh & an author Lalmohan Ganguli in solving the many mysteries that come across his way.

This book has a collection of 16 short stories which travel from Darjeeling to Gangtok and from Varanasi to Bombay. The mysteries range from loss of something valuable to past life memories to even a murder sometimes!

Satyajit Ray h
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

Summary –

Feluda, the razor sharp and witty young detective investigates some very curious cases along with his cousin Tapesh and friend Jatayu through the length and breadth of India.

Review –

A recent article about the release of a new Feluda movie brought back happy memories of this childhood series. We know Satyajit Ray as the Oscar winning filmmaker but not many Indians, especially non-Bengalis know that he was also an author par excellence. Fortunately I
Brijesh Kartha
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
As this is collection the review will be more about the characters that make up this string of stories rather than any specific story. The character of Feluda is no doubt inspired by other famous fictional detectives, primarily Holmes and Poirot; a point which the character himself points out in on of the tales. Satyajit Ray's genius is in realizing the true magic of Holmes lies not in the characterization of the main characters but in the detailed environment that exists around them. Reading th ...more
Satyajit Ray – I have fallen in love with the author with each book. I have read most of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when I picked up Feluda his greatest and most popular creation, I was doubtless that this will be another feather in his cap. But sorry to say I am too grown up to read Feluda. It has never taken me so long to finish a book – I started reading it in December 2011 and could only finish it in early August 2012 – 7 long months. Agree it was big with multiple stories in ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read some few stories of Feluda during my school days. I enjoyed those few stories and at that time I thought there are only few stories but recently when i saw the book The Complete Adventures of Feluda, i suddenly remembered that this was the same stories which i had read some 5 or 6 years ago.. without any hesitation i picked it up and started reading stories.
The main character is Feluda who is an amateur sleuth and is accompanied by his cousin Topshe. The sharpness of Feluda's mind and the
Ritu Mantri
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I used to read Feluda books when I was in school and after reading his adventures again after a long gap of almost 20 years I still feel the same thrill and excitement. I was so engrossed and immersed into the world weaved by Satyajit Ray that I become completely indifferent to my surroundings. Such is the affect of Satyajit and his iconic and immortal character Feluda that even I began to observe minute details and started drawing conclusions.

Satyajit Ray had shown that there is no need of bru
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 As a child, i had read Holmes, Tintin, Hardy Boys, a bit of Nancy Drew, even Chacha Chaudhary :P in crime fiction. I wonder how i never heard of Feluda until recently ?
Good clean fun, suitable for all ages 10+, and ofcourse, lucidly written. The stories have just the right balance and depth to appeal to children and adults alike. Some stories - Gangtok, Royal Bengal tiger, Elephant god were genuinely good and apart from a couple of hurriedly written ones, most held my attention.
The 35 stor
Surbhi Verma
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining till the last page. A treat to see classic cities of Lucknow, Varanasi through the eyes of a thespian like Ray. Feluda is the perfect Indian Holmes - with his Charminar and unmatched perspicacity. Topshe and Jatayu are superb foils in his adventures. Also, Calcutta is painted so beautifully through Ray's words - it's like looking at sepia tinted Polaroids of the city! An amazing read for rainy weekends and coffee. :)
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when your brain works at high speed, you tend to sleep a lot less, but that does not affect your health. At least, that’s what he believes.
Shahriar Shafin
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
damn you, satyajit roy, you were THE literature Einstein of bangla fiction..
Ranjana Thakur
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am short of words after reading this EPIC book of 788 pages. This is the first time I have picked up a book by the great "Satyajit Ray". He is an extraordinaire writer and I dont think there can be anyone like him ever. The book is excellent with fantabulous twists and turns. Its a clean book (no crime passionnel) with mind blowing ending for every story. The characters are intricately woven in the whodunnit plot which will keep you glued to the book. If you happen to put down the book for som ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simplicity at its best. Stories were meant to be children but now I can see how adults also got hooked to it. All the stories have enthralled me to the fullest.

This book has not only entertained me but gave some awareness of beautiful cities of my own Country, authors, travelogue, and antiques. More than ever I am keen to go to Calcutta and experience Park Street, Blue Fox, small villages around it.

His simplicity in writing and describing characters, places with minute details and without maki
Rohit Sharma
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I have (had) read quite a few "on" Satyajit Ray but never one "by" him so far. Blame the availability in the book stores or getting my Kindle too late or may be too few Bengali friends around ;) whatever it may be! Till, I praised Agatha Christie's and Arthur Conan Doyle's works in front of a Hardcore Patriot, that I had read recently finished and also showed him what all I had from them. He just said one thing which got me thinking big time that "You are one of those quite a few I ...more
Riju Ganguly
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These adventures had not only given us the only full-fledged Bengali detective since Byomkesh Bakshi, but had also given us our very own Sherlock Holmes (Feluda is as closely modelled on Sherlock Holmes as is possible, and yet a lot more easily accessible for us). The adventures are brilliant and compact pieces of mystery-solving, but it is the combination of Feluda-Topshe and Jatayu that had caught our imagination, and has kept us in its grip even after the demise of the creator. But once again ...more
Sep 21, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Feluda stories are good; I will read all of them sometime soon.

About this volume: shame be on Penguin! They have dishonored Satyajit Ray by providing the two volumes with abysmal pages! The page quality is really poor; you will feel outraged.

Where did I buy it?: I bought it online from HomeShop18 with almost 50 % discount (also using a discount code). They source from reputed dealers. So it is an original copy from Penguin and not a spurious copy fr
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book was very interesting. Satyajit Ray is a very good writer. It was written in such a way that the readers could imagine being in the scene with Topshe. Feluda is a person with extraordinary brains and with a fantastic power of observation. Whoever reads this book is sure to become a fan of crime stories and Pradosh Mitter (Feluda).I really enjoyed the book and I have already started reading the second volume.
Sukanta Maikap
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feluda and Satyajit Ray are my childhood heroes. I grew up watching a lot of Satyajit Ray's movies including Feluda series. As a kid I read many stories from Feluda series but never had entire collection. I finally have the pleasure of owning the entire Feluda Series and finishing half of it !!!!
Looking forward to finish the Part 2.
Srinivas Veeraraghavan
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
It took me a long time to sink my teeth into this classic work but better late than never, I suppose.

No Holmes but Conan Doyle woulda twirled that splendid mush of his and nodded his approval.

Ray, ye fuckin' genius ye!!!
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
every mystery lover should try this and vol.2-feluda rocks!
though not comparable to holmes and poirot,this one gives comfort especially to indian bcoz of d writing style.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Vintage , charming and so much amazing to read this collection again.
Asim Meghani
hell i grew up reading this books ....
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a trip down memory lane, into places you had long forgotten about in the dusty corners of your own mind.
As mystery stories go, it's pretty good - reasonably accurate and realistic without being overly complicated. It's made additionally charming because of one of Satyajit Ray's own stated restrictions - in writing for a young adult audience, you can't afford to get too slow, too long, too complex, too gritty, nor too violent / dark. The result is a delightfully light, fast, fun romp throug
Amitava Mazumdar
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The opportunity to read the Feluda stories arose when a cousin from India brought this collection to me as a gift. Being Bengali American doesn't mean I know anything about Bengali culture -- apart from growing up eating Bengali food, attending pujas, and seeing a half-dozen of Satyajit Ray's films. In fact, I was not fully aware of the degree to which Ray was a writer, apart from being a world-renowned filmmaker. Reading this collection seemed a good opportunity to pick up a little more of what ...more
Rajesh CNB
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indian-authors
I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes. There is no parallel to it. But now, I am a fan of Feluda too. Not that it comes anywhere close to Sherlock Holmes, but that it has made its mark in my mind as a unique, powerful and specifically Indian story. Holmes had a Watson and Feluda has Topshe. Holmes is an excellent observer of facts and a repository of knowledge. So is Feluda. The similarities stop here.

The stories are set in different parts of the country. Whenever Feluda visits any place, he doesn't st
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Detective genre has always been my favorites right from childhood. This book is a collection of stories or rather cases solved by the protagonist - Prodosh C Mitter aka Feluda a Bengali private investigator. Accompanying in most of his quests are Topshe (Tapesh Ranjan Mitra) his cousin, and Jatayu (Lalmohan Ganguli) a writer in some. Giving an Indian setting to the stories - it takes you through the bylanes of Kolkata, ghats of Varanasi, caves of Ellora and so on.
Looking forward to read the seco
Overall - 4 stars

Danger in Darjeeling – 4.75 stars
The Emperor’s Ring – 5 stars
Kailash Chowdhury’s Jewel – 5 stars
The Anubis Mystery – 4 stars
Trouble in Gangtok – 4 stars
The Golden Fortress – 4.5 stars
Incident on the Kalka Mail – 5 stars
A Killer in Kailash – 4 stars
The Key – 3 stars
The Royal Bengal Mystery – 4.5 stars
The Locked Chest – 3 stars
The Mystery of the Elephant God – 3 stars
The Bandits of Bombay – 3.5 stars
The Mystery of the Walking Dead – 4 stars
The Secret of the Cemetery – 4.5 stars
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Satyajit Ray (Bengali: সতযজিৎ রায) was an Indian filmmaker and author of Bengali fiction and regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and watching Vi ...more

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