Picture Imperfect And Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries is a collection of several short stories featuring the fictional investigator Byomkesh Bakshi.
Summary Of The Book
The stories in Picture Imperfect And Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries have been set in that period of history when Calcutta was under the British Raj. They give readers deep insight into the lives of the people during those times. The stories here are those of crime detection and they feature the famed fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshi, and his comrade Ajit.
The first story in Picture Imperfect And Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries is one in which Byomkesh must rack his brains to unravel the mystery surrounding a case of drug trafficking. One of the other stories, titled The Gramophone Pin Mystery, is centered on a series of roadside accidents and here Byomkesh must try to decipher the intricate details of these accidents.
Calamity Strikes is another interesting story from the collection, in which the focus is on the shocking death of a young girl, whose body is found in the neighbor’s kitchen. The story Picture Imperfect puts Byomkesh’s skills to the test by having him unearth the secrets surrounding a group photograph that was stolen. The story also involves a couple and a murder that seems rather pointless.
About The Authors
The author of this book, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, was a renowned screenplay writer from India. Apart from this book, Bandyopadhyay has written a number of other books including Tumi Sandhyar Megh, Kumarsambhaber Kabi, and Tungabhadrar Tirey.
Bandyopadhyay was born on the 30th of March, 1899, in Jaunpur, British India. He completed his matriculation examination in the year 1915 and began studying at Vidyasagar College in Calcutta. He finished his B.A. degree in 1919 and went on to pursue Law in Patna, while writing in his spare time. On a general basis, Bandyopadhyay kept his literary works short, along with a twist at the end. Through the course of his writing career, he mostly worked on short stories, poems, songs, essays, and historical novels. Bandyopadhyay was presented the Rabindra Puraskar in the year 1967, for his book Tungabhadrar Tirey. The Calcutta University also acknowledged his literary works by awarding him the Sarat Smriti Purashkar (1967). Bandyopadhyay passed away on 22nd September, 1970, in Pune, India.
Sreejata Guha is a renowned author and translator who has translated several well-known novels. Apart from this book, Guha has written Devdas, The Prince And Other Modern Fables, A Grain Of Sand, and French Lover. Guha holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the State University Of New York, Stony Brook.