This one’s filed under “Personal”.
My mother and I have treated my father a bit like he’s our own, personal Wikipedia for as long as I can remember. Because the fact of the matter is that he is precisely that. Whenever I need to check anything to do with vintage Indian cinema, Bengali literature, the classics, Hindustani classical music, Sherlock Holmes, PG Wodehouse, UFOs or Indian political history, I turn to my father and wail for help. Most recently, I asked him for a crash course in detectives in Bengali fiction and it seemed like a shame to not share this. I’ve been wanting to start a blog about books for a while, but it was astutely pointed out to me that there really is no reason that I can’t write about books on my existing blogs. So, I’m putting the blame of this new blog entirely on my father. (Insert earnest nod here.) He and I have set up The Growlery, a books blog where we’ll both be writing, well, stuff.
To start things off, my father’s put up the first part of his series on the Bengali detectives. Part two, containing Byomkesh Bakshi and others, will be up tomorrow.