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  • I think Ravi makes an interesting point, but one has to agree with Noufal that if it isn't one coincidence, its probably two; but nevertheless it's just a coincidence that Lucas got bumped off that fateful night. If La Rothière had choked on a fishbone or Oberstein been run over by a Hansom cab on that fateful night, Holmes would have jumped to similar conclusions. "The odds are...
    Sajan Venniyoor 8 Aug
  • Dear Sumal, This subject had come up earlier on the SHSI list, in Nov 2013, when Agatha Christie's Poirot , which had been running on British television from 1989 till 2013, came to an end with the last episode, Curtain . As I had written then, "comparisons are odious, but Christie herself refers several times to the influence of Sherlock Holmes on her Poirot books. As she was...
    Sajan Venniyoor Apr 28, 2016
  • Akshara Theatre's "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is playing in Delhi on 21 Feb at 7pm and 28 Feb at 7.30pm. Sunit Tandon as Holmes (I think. See attached clipping). Sajan
    Sajan Venniyoor Feb 20, 2016
  • Dear Jay, First of all, heartiest congratulations on becoming a Baker Street Irregular. Well deserved and possibly overdue. About the BSI international series, of course the canon is peppered with references to India. During the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, when it was briefly suspected that the plane may have crashed / landed in the Andaman & Nicobar islands, an...
    Sajan Venniyoor Jan 22, 2016
  • On 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...
    Sajan Venniyoor Jul 17, 2015
  • This is a pretty neat idea. As Jay points out, a lot would depend on the number of copies we can sell. Also, as she says, a full colour print wouldn't be very cheap. But seriously, I don't see much merit in putting it out as black & white A4 prints -- I can do better with my deskjet colour printer. Having said that, professional colour printing is nowhere as expensive as it used to...
    Sajan Venniyoor Jan 18, 2015
  • " US Court reject Sherlock Holmes dispute " (Reuters, 3 Nov). Bully for the US Supreme Court. It's bad enough that US copyright protection extends to an incredible 120 years in some cases, and that you have to apply half a dozen Acts and a couple of aspirins to actually figure it all out. Still, the bottom line is that all works published in the United States before January 1, 1923...
    Sajan Venniyoor Nov 4, 2014
  • Malalai of Maiwand's role in the Battle of Maiwand (Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1880) is pretty fascinating. Her battle cry was apparently: "Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of Maiwand, / By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame!" This unseemly enthusiasm for martyrdom -- a cause for some concern in our less romantic age -- was fairly common in those times, which...
    Sajan Venniyoor Oct 28, 2014
  • In 1903, in the village of Great Wyrley in South Staffordshire, farm animals were found mutilated in what were later called the "Great Wyrley Outrages". A young solicitor, George Edalji, was found guilty of slashing a pony and sentenced to seven years hard labour, of which he served three. He was then released, but he was neither found innocent nor was he pardoned, and Edalji...
    Sajan Venniyoor May 8, 2014
  • Thanks, Binand. That was hilarious. HAM: Polonius ... has just been stabbed in’th’arras. WATS: Sounds painful. Is this a Danish malady? The original Hamlet is pretty funny in an unintentional way, and the Bard's puns are just as terrible as the ones in this pastiche. 1st DIG: ‘Tis many a year Since we did have good digging, people live so long. SHERL: Except for Hamlet’s...
    Sajan Venniyoor May 3, 2014