India: Following Bengal’s appetite for detective fiction

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Over the years, West Bengal – or Bengal, as it was formerly known – has made rich contributions to the enormous treasure trove of Indian literature. Great novelists, short-story writers, poets and playwrights from the region have kept readers enthralled with their literary creations.

And while it has been a long-standing debate in literary circles all over the world as to whether the “detective story” can and should be allowed to rub shoulders with its more elitist cousins – namely the members of classical literature – there has evidently been no dearth of such stories in India, certainly not in Bengal.

In fact, it would not be incorrect to say that at one point of time, the Bengali detective story had reached a peak of popularity that few other novels could even dream of. Read more

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