3999Holmes, CSI and the curious case of a cat named Sherlock
- Jul 28, 2013According to Dr Ian Burney, a historian from the University of Manchester,
the founding fathers of modern crime scene investigation (CSI) � Frenchman
Edmond Locard and Austrian Hans Gross � were influenced by Arthur Conan
Doyle and R Austen Freeman:
*'Sherlock Homes inspired real life
... *and yeah, I'm pretty shocked too that Manchester University spells it
'Homes'. Manchester United could do better.
I recently came across an unusual (for him) post-modernist short story by
the Malayalam writer and Jnanpith Award winner, MT Vasudevan Nair, titled '
Sherlock <http://goo.gl/rXJhCQ>'. It's about a cat named 'Sherlock Holmes'
(or Sherlock Holmes Shinde, to give its full name) that lives with a
Keralite couple in the United States. The protagonist Balu, from an obscure
village in Kerala, comes to stay with his older sister... and the cat. "The
cultural shock Balu goes through in the story is concretised in the
menacing metaphor of the cat which shadows his thoughts meticulously." In
other words, Sherlock the cat spies on Balu.
In this age of PRISM and mass surveillance, the political idea that Big
Brother is watching us all
the cat is reporting to Central) is not so far-fetched. The ease with which
the 'real' Sherlock Holmes broke into people's homes, donned false
whiskers, and lurked in bushes on mere suspicion of wrong doing is a
metaphor for our age.
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