The sleuth of Baker Street and his mastery over solving critical cases always intrigued Jayantika Ganguly. Her obsession led her to discover the unknown side of Holmes that she captured in her book.
January 6 marked the 160th birthday of the popular detective. On this occasion Jayantika’s book named Holmes Sutra, which is a compilation of 160 aphorisms (sutra), was launched to honour him at London’s publishing house MX Publishing.
She has tried to discover her favourite detective in an unconventional path, trying to solve the intricate thinking process whirling in his mind all the time and thus bring him closer to his fans.
The young writer has a unique identity, being the granddaughter of the great author, Narayan Gangopadhyay, creator of Tenida. She is a lawyer by profession. She said, “Childhood fascination about Holmes led to my decision to rediscover the hero of my dreams, as I stepped into my 30s.” She has been a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India since long. She has also published an online magazine on Holmes as an editor of the society.
The sutras give glimpses of memorable moments of investigation, and exciting events from his stories – some original, some canonical, some based on various print/media adaptations.
The readers can indulge in a test included in the closing chapter to understand their Holmes Mania Quotient (HMQ); the resulting HMQ score which will prove your credibility as a fan. While writing the foreword for the book, the London magistrate-cum-Sherlock Holmes Society of London member, Calvert Markham has praised this section.
MX, the major publishing house for Holmes works, organised a grand ceremony for the book launch at 118 Baker Street, three houses next to the fictional sleuth’s home. The chairman of Holmes Society of London, Robert Alice and managing director of MX Publishing, Steve Emecz opened the cover of the online version of the book with a mouse click. Many other dignitaries were present during the launch.
The book got overwhelming response even before the launch, many copies being booked in advance. Hope it becomes a worldwide success.