Friday, August 26, 2005

THRILLED MEMORIES

may be nowadays thriller and Sidney Sheldon or Robin Cook is synonymous to me. But in my childhod the picture was totally different.not only me, but most Bengali people(specially who has been grown up reading benglai books of all kind) would relate to this. Till my teens, thriller mean The books of "PROHELIKA SERIES"(the enigma series), "KANCHANJANGHA SERIES" , the adventures of lady detective Krishna and Shika. but the most famous detective was DIPAK CHATTERJEE and his asistant RATANLAL, created by SWAPANKUMAR. all thse books were published long ago.my grandma once told me that she has read some of them in her maiden days.but they were still selling at a good rate at the 80s and 90s. but Swapankumar was the most famous of all the thriller Writers. probably he was the first one to introduce helicopter in bengali thrillers. his detective Mr. Depak Chatterjee was expart at everyting from speaking many languages to martial arts.in some spinechilling moments he was described to carry two pistols in his two hands and a dagger at the other hand. but you need to overlook such trivial faults when the dectective is like indian James Bond. and there was a great variation among the villains,too. the most cunning was "BAAJ PAKHI"(the hawk). next was "KALNAGINI"( the queen cobra). always they used to have a breathtaking encounter with the detective but finally they always managed to escape. but Depak Chatterjee never failed to caught the other villains, most of which were burmiz. due to some unknown reason at that time black ambassador means the villain's car and the 90% villains were burmiz. it would be very mean of me not to mention "FELUDA" by Satyajit Ray, "BYOMKESH BOKSHI" by Saradindu Chatterjee, The "joker dhon" and "abar joker dhon", 'KIRITI" by Neharranjan and last but not the least "DOSYU MOHAN"(Mohan the Bandit) by Sasadhar Chatterjee. no doubt, most of them (including the books mentioned at the begining) were better in quality than the ones written by Swapankumar. but none was as thrilling as his ones, too.that's the reason inspite of all the flaws in his book he was the most cherished author of thrillers at his time.my chilhood bows before you, mr.Swapankumar.

8 comments:

Soumyadip said...

I haven't read much of Bengali detective fiction beyond Feluda.

One thing that most of us make a mistake about (even our film and television people do it) is the comparison of James Bond with detectives. James Bond is a 'spy.' They may work in a similar fashion but there is an elementary difference between the two.

And I think it's high time that you extend your literary interests beyond Harry Potters and thrillers. The Bengali blood in you deserves a lot more.

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Anonymous said...

swapan kumar was great. the impossible made possible. Everytime the 'ghadi' went 'ton, ton, ton', ratre barota bajlo. Three times twelve, interesting, isnt it? Though I'm more of a reader in English and prolific too at that, from enid blytons to hardy boys and now to world literature, I'd had the pleasure of reading a few bong stuff, swapan kumar for example. I loves shuktara and anandamela. The stories in bengali read during the holidays. Struggling through them cos i never was very proficient in bengali. But I loved them no doubt. Your blog made those days come back to me. Thanx.

dwaipayan said...

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Name ki ashe jai said...

I was wondering ,I googled out and got only one reply related to "joker dhon" or whatever combintion of jokkher etc you can.
Even if u have heard of bounna chor of aligarh , that sounds similar, does any one knows other tales like this whis is historically true. I have even heard several stories like this from my grand parents in my childhood and they said some of which are true , which they have learned from ther parents .. relatives etc.

Snehasish Chatterjee said...

You have made a mistake, the writer of Byomkesh Bakshi was Saradindu Bandopadhyay; not Chatterjee as you have written.

abrar karim said...

I read a number of books on Detective Dipak during the period 1965- 1970. Full of suspense & thrill. Great reads. I was in my teen age then. Then I left Dhaka and the after I have not read any DipakBook.