The Rhythm of Riddles
age group: 
9+ yrs
Number of pages: 
mystery Bengal
realistic fiction

The novel, "The Rhythm of Riddles" by Saradindu Bandopadhyay is an action-packed collection of three classic Byomkesh Bakshi mysteries---- the rippling poster boy of the literary detective world of post-independence India.

He is India's very own version of the slick and stylized Sherlock Holmes of the West albeit a little more bold and brazen and a little more smart and desi. Byomkesh Bakshi, who enjoyed immense popularity in India for several decades beginning from the 1930s up until the 1990s, was sadly forgotten by the turn of the 21st century. Thus the young Indians today have somewhere missed on the desi flavour of Indian detective stories, set in jaded, rural settings of India with names, characters and will find familiarity and resonance in many of our lives. And today's young Indians who are so self aware need that. They need a connection back to their roots; and the book, "The Rhythm of Riddles" gives the readers just that. It's not just a funny, witty and interesting read, it also brings forth the immense literary talent that we have here, on the Indian soil. The three stories are classic whodunnits for crime fiction addicts providing just the right amount of hair-tearing, constant mind-churning, unbelievable results and edge of the seat entertainment.

Thus, this book is a complete package of wit, intelligence, adventure and thrill, with an extra dose of "desiness". So let those Sherlock Holmes mysteries rest for a while and make way for Byomkesh Bakshi.


Reviewed by Sarah Shaikh