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In the early 30s, a detective by the name of Byomkesh Bakshi made an entry into the world of Bengali fiction. This book contains seven of his most entertaining adventures, competently translated. At each reading, one can only marvel at the writer's genius.
Paperback, 207 pages
Published January 2003 by Rupa & Co.
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Shruti Buddhavarapu
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
THIS IS NOT THE BOOK I READ BUT GOODREADS DOESN'T HAVE THE ONE I READ ON IT FOR NOW AND SO I SHALL REPLACE ONE SET OF BYOMKESH BAKSHI STORIES WITH ANOTHER BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE MY 2012 BOOK READING CHALLENGE DAMNIT!!!!!
Srikant
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I had bought this book to relive those moments I had spent glued to Doordarshan and watching Rajit Kapoor enacting the role of Byomkesh Bakshi.There are very few English translation of Byomkesh bakshi stories available. I had already read Sreejata Guha “Picture Imperfect & other Byomkesh Bakshi stories” and wanted to catch a few more stories.

I felt slightly disappointed with this translation. The writing is oversimplified, to an extent that it fails to capture the tempo & suspense of the origina
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Arijit Chatterjee
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a true classic . portrayed the old school charm of the city of joy in unbelievable way . and a source of inspiration for other Bengali goyendas (detective) .
Prafulla Mannewar
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good collection of classic Byomkesh Bakhi stories.
Nivedita Dhar
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow!! What a captivating read. 7 stories with seven dimensions of suspense. Each story has got their different kinds of impeccable attention. Loved this book. Always a fan of Byomkesh Bakshi. No need to say I wouldn’t fall in love with this book as well. Unputdownable and unimpeachable! Give it a read.
Jack Heath
Feb 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Synopsis: in the 1930s, detective Byomkesh Bakshi made his entry into Bengali fiction. This book contains seven of his entertaining adventures.
Śrī
Translations, as I've written before, are always tricky. It's very hard to catch the real substance of the original, and in sparse fiction like this, it's important to translate the original words into those equivalent not just in meaning but also in force and sentiment. While I think Monimala Dhar, the translator, seems to have done a decent job, there could have been more tight editing of her English. In many places, the English is typically early-twenty-first-century Indian, in a way that lac ...more
Somdeb
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
(This is not the book I am reading. I am reading a Bengali book named "Saradindu Amnibas" which contains all the stories of Byomkesh Bakshi. Since goodreads doesn't have the book I am forced to add this to count for my Reading Challenge)
Harry b nair
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Felt like watching the serial.With Rajat kapoor infront of my eyes along with ajith babu and solving the cases.
Sujay Malik
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An endearing affable man who calls himself a seeker of truth and not a detective, is the stuff of legends and not unknown to anyone who grew up in the 90s. I'll keep the review short and simply say that this is a treat which one must savour.

It is said that a translation can sometimes be no match to the original. I dare say that it may be true but who knows? I cannot read Bengali and cannot help but feel how it would be to read the original unadulterated version by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. I do fe
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Ravi Teja
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quite captivating stories. The translation is smooth as silk. I felt like reading in my own mother tongue. The innate expressions we use in the Indian languages that are so unique of us are preserved very adeptly, like the phrase 'There was no dearth of hospitality', which mirrors the phrase we use in our own vernacular languages. It could have been written in many ways but it was written in a way that reads like common-talk, which I guess, was just how the original intended it Bengali. I wish t ...more
Swarnali Ghosh
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite captivating stories. The translation is smooth as silk. I felt like reading in my own mother tongue. The innate expressions we use in the Indian languages that are so unique of us are preserved very adeptly, like the phrase 'There was no dearth of hospitality', which mirrors the phrase we use in our own vernacular languages. It could have been written in many ways but it was written in a way that reads like common-talk, which I guess, was just how the original intended it Bengali. I wish t ...more
Chirantar Bhattacharjee
This is the first detective story series in bengali written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay around 1920 - 60. Each of the stories is better than the other one.Literally it's difficult to leave without ending the story.
I liked the character Byomkesh Bakshi. Byomkesh prefers to call himself 'satyaneshi' or the 'seeker of truth' .Byomkesh is a very grounded person who solves many cases solely based on instinct. Byomkesh, being the one who searches for truth, at times, even lets the culprit go Scot free
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Anindya Saha
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd recommend Byomkesh Bakshi series to anybody and everybody who loves detective series. It's a shame I haven't come to read these before. I'd say Byomkesh is one of the finest Bengali detectives ever created, probably just behind Feluda.
Ranajeet Dewasthalee
This was a good read, I love detective fiction and Byomkesh is all time favourite, couple of stories selected were not elite ones and hence the book lost a star.

Completed it in one seating - start to finish.
Veena Soujanya
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was a disappointment. After reading Satyajit Ray's "Adventures of Feluda" recently, I expected the same from Byomkesh Bakshi. The stories were good but the translation was not up to the mark. A wrong edition to enjoy Byomkesh Bakshi stories.
Varadharajan Ramesh
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clever whodunits galore. Some stories were quite similar to the Feluda stories and some were quite simple. might have been because of the time period the stories were written in. But, overall a very good read
Subham Sahu
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very simple yet very witty and mind-blowing stories. What actually drives me was the simplicity in the writing and conveying the plot which is just fabulous. Recommended for beginners those who want to read thriller and mysteries .# Happy Reading
Gowri N.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The stories are lovely, as always, and this collection had some that I had not read about.
However, the writing and editing are below average. Only a diehard fan would be able to look past this!
Jagadeesh Chandrasekaran
The language was pretty plain.
Kanwarpal Singh
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's like a draft version is written without proper editing, as lots of mistakes and loop holes in a plan, that make is predictable and loose end lead to error in the novel
Pabitra Roy
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The stories are good but the translation is rather poor and really detract from the quality of the reading.
Karthika Lakshmi
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the stories. But the translation could have been better. The writing style seems choppy. I did not have that smooth reading experience
Giridharan Santhanam
India's own Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. While, I don't wish to compare, the stories are well conceived and well delivered.
Shubhra Paul
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Bengali and also saw movies based on these stories. The writer translate this book with an expert hand. Highly recommended for those who love detective or thriller stories.
Kris
Mar 31, 2020 added it
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Sohini Sarkar
This collection has 7 out of the total of 33 stories that feature Byomkesh Bakshi. The Hidden Heirloom, The Avenger and Quicksand are engaging stories, the rest are passable. The translation is also not one of the best; other collections (containing different sets of stories) like Menagerie & other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries and Picture Imperfect and other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries are better reproductions of the original works. ...more
Ankit Nair
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written and well narrated
Whatthelog
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: translated, diversity
The Byomkesh Bakshi Stories is my third Diverse Detectives read in October.Written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, these stories are classics of 1930s Bengali literature. Bakshi is a ‘truth seeker’ rather than a detective – and it shows. Rather than being interested in restoring law and order, he often lets the culprits go free, or indeed, causes their deaths! This was a bit unexpected, as, I’ll be honest, I did initially read this as a Bengali interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.

My copy was a collec
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Namitha Varma
While I was reading this book, Sushant Singh Rajput and Anand Tiwari - the actors who played Byomkesh and Ajit in the latest film version - were happily housed in my imagination, enacting the stories very energetically.

And thank god for that. Do not think me a snob if I say that translations of so many regional works into English are not at all up to the mark in India. I wish I knew Bengali so that I could compare this translation with Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay's original, but alas! Byomkesh Bak
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Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay (Bengali: শরদিন্দু বন্দোপাধ্যায়; 30 March 1899 – 22 September 1970) was a well-known literary figure of Bengal. He was also actively involved with Bengali cinema as well as Bollywood. His most famous creation is the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi.
He wrote different forms of prose: novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. However, his forte was short stories and
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