BITSian resurrects the Sherlock Holmes saga
Monday, August 22, 2011
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
The character of Sherlock Holmes has been conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887 and ever since it has been adopted and expanded upon by a myriad of authors. The charm and mystique of the character lured a number of novelists but this time around it played its charm on Praveen Kumar, a 2002 batch Bitsian.
"The Adventure of Black Drop" penned by Praveen under the pseudonym "RadKris" was released on May 7th by the Hindu Editor-in-chief Mr. N.Ram. The entire novel is said to be written in Victorian English in an effort to preserve the writing style of the character's progenitor. When asked about his potrayal of this legendary character, Mr Praveen Kumar said that he attempted to explore the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the man beneath the legend.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Ram said that there was something “imperishable” about Sherlock Holmes. “Not only crime writers, but even logicians and philosophers have been interested in Holmes.” Terming the author an “improbable novelist,” Mr. Ram said that it takes a lot of courage to take a well known story and adapting it by investing one's own imagination, hopes and fancies.
Mr. Kuppusamy Chetty, a prominent industrialist, received the first copy of the book. He added that though Arthur Conan Doyle was trained in medicine and did not study literature, he still created literature. Praising Mr. Praveen Kumar's interest in literature, despite his engineering background, Mr. Chetty said: “Many of our theatre artists studied something, but found their way to the stage. One should always follow their interests.” And following one's interests is exactly what Praveen seems to be doing as he is gearing up on five of his other projects currently in the pipeline. Lets wish him all the very best in his endeavors.