Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Adventure of the Missing Charger

I’m super excited as I try to write this post. I’ve finished reading some of Sherlock Holmes’ adventure cases/stories/mysteries and now wondering how did John Watson note down so many cases that Sherlock Holmes solved. Did SH have patience to narrate all the details covering all the incidents to his friend? Did someone as eccentric as Sherlock exist in Real life?

All the Arthur Conan Doyle fans and would-be fans, here comes a disclaimer before hand: I have not solved any particular case, not like the title suggests. What then? Is she talking about a ‘Phone’ charger? Yes. Did she discover a lost phone charger in some intelligent way? No.  I was searching for a phone charger for quite sometime. Parents had told me that they had left it in the room. I rummaged every nook and corner of the 200 sq.ft. room, also searching inside the wardrobe but in vain. One fine day when I lifted a cardigan from the same wardrobe it was lying underneath.. Hehe.

After a long time, I’m reading a book (“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini was the last) that has made quite an impact on me – “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Everything about it is so profound that I’m struggling where to start. I will share a bunch of links with you in this post and I’ve enjoyed reading each one of them. The things which mesmerize me are what Conan Doyle has done through his writing, why/how are the fans in love with the fictional characters, who was that man like Sherlock Holmes in Real life, what is so beautiful about John and Sherlock’s relationship, reading and understanding the variety of cases that the book presents to you.

Reading the book you will realize how analyzing simple things can solve much complicated questions. I wonder if Analytics had existed the time Conan Doyle wrote his books, he would have represented Sherlock as a consultant to the leading banks and powerhouses of the world. Both the Holmes brothers are intellectually captivating and in some of the cases, where both of them play a lead role, it becomes interesting to know that Mycroft has an even greater reasoning ability than Sherlock. I recall this:

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. –Emile Zola

Now let me write a bit about the BBC’s TV Series “Sherlock”, currently of 3 seasons with 3 episodes each where each episode is like a movie in itself. I don’t think there would be any more episodes coming before the end of 2015. I’m charmed by the screen appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch and his brilliant acting skills. ‘Why did you sleep most of the time watching the first series then?’,  Superpartner would ask. There are primarily 2 reasons to that. One – I was working very hard in office and home those days, almost doing the work of 2 people at office. Two – I take some time to develop interest Open-mouthed smile. I have recently started watching the episodes “again” on the large TV screen.

Want to thank this man for lending me his book. You need to read this book for reasons infinite, let me cite a few anyways:-

  • The creative and imaginative capabilities of the human mind (I refer to the author here)
  • The cases and the setup which try telling you firstly about the Human Psychology and secondly about the world when the cases were compiled
  • Friendship of a “differently amazing” kind. You will cry, laugh and raise your eyebrows all at the same time when Sherlock meets Watson for the first time after he is labelled ‘dead’ by the world
  • An attempt towards understanding relationships – some are by birth – others by virtue – some are strange – others are weird – some are conditional – others are divine – some are bound – some know no bounds – ⋯
  • Last but definitely not the least, “the” woman Winking smile