4941Re: SHSI Delhi catch-up
- Jul 17, 2015On the subject of SHSI's annual meeting, I passed through Ooty recently and
had lunch at a moderately elegant bungalow done up in Ye Olde Baronial Hall
manner. It's called King's Cliff and claims to be *(shudder)* the "mansion
of Lady Maybn and Lord Reginald". The hostelry is full of fake escutcheons
with improbable coats-of-arms, shiny armour made in Taiwan and scrolls with
mottoes like "Tyme Standeth Stille for Ye in Olde Ootye" and other
I betook myself thither to ye olde restaurant named Earl's Secret and found
it full of Delhi waiters and a menu reminiscent of Geoffrey's, all
mulligatawny and fish & chips. Which wasn't surprising, as the chef used to
work in Geoffrey's.
Then I discovered from the menu card that King's Cliff had a sister hotel
some six kilometres away, on Tiger Hill Road. It's called Sherlock.
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Sherlock is built around an old property, a smallish colonial bungalow
about 140 years old, or so they claim. They have built an additional wing
with extra rooms, but it's still a compact place, with no more than 13
rooms in all. (Their website <http://www.littlearth.in/sherlock/> says 9
rooms; maybe they added more recently). Each room is named after a Holmes
story ('Baskervilles', 'Blue Carbuncle', 'Copper Beeches', 'Three Gables'
etc). And the fairly nondescript restaurant is called Adler's Room.
Other than posters and portraits of screen & stage Holmess down the ages,
there isn't a great deal that's Sherlockian about the place. There are
reported to be copies of the Holmes canon in the hotel, but I didn't see
any; maybe there was one lurking in the escritoire in the reading room.
There was a somewhat mangy hound sleeping in the garden.
But for all that, the place is quite charming and the rooms looked clean
and comfortable. And warm -- there's a fireplace in each room. There are
pictures of dancing men in the *Dancing Men* room, of the Hound in
*Baskervilles* and, for some unfathomable reason, the poster above the bed
in the honeymoon suite had a quote from Holmes' very first case: "Of all
ghosts, the ghosts of our old loves are the worst".
I had dessert and coffee in Adler's Room, wandered about the pretty lawns,
gazed upon ye surrounding hills and dales, and then headed back to
The Sherlock in Ooty: that's where we should have our next Annual Meet, the
one after Kolkata.
*Delhi catch-up *
Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:16 am . Posted by:
"Satyajit Gupta" email_satyaHolmesians of Delhi/ NCR - let's catch up for
an informal tête-à-tête on 9 August (Sunday) afternoon-ish at a location in
central Delhi. Please feel free to bring along your friends, children,
fellow fans along. Please watch this space for more details or just text me
(98114 33382) to be added to the list.
*Re: Delhi catch-up*
Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:55 am . Posted by:
"Jay Ganguly" shsieditors
Aren't you guys coming to Kolkata for the annual meeting? 23
On 17/07/2015 2:16 am, "Satyajit Gupta satyajit.gupta@...
Holmesians of Delhi/ NCR - let's catch up for an informal
tête-à-tête on 9 August (Sunday) afternoon-ish at a
location in central Delhi. Please feel free to bring along your
friends, children, fellow fans along. Please watch this space for
more details or just text me (98114 33382) to be added to the
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