Sunday, December 1, 2019

Winter 2019 issue of Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge

Here you are, my good Sherlockians! Head over to the specific site for the new (and all older issues) of our e-magazine!

Click here or use the tab on the side.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Villains, Victims and Violets

A man leaves his fiancĂ©e in the night fog and is never seen alive again. A woman escapes mob life for Norfolk, England, only to find notes in the garden in the secret code of her mobster suitor. The final message is “[p]repare to meet thy God.” A maid, torn from her bed by the butler who spurned her, is brought on a midnight hunt for a long-hidden treasure. As the man drops into the treasure chamber, the seal is lowered, and she leaves him to suffocate.
Sherlock Holmes has become known as one of the most complex, accessible characters in historical and modern literature. You’ll see every subject under the sun—forensics, philosophy, cooking, analytical thinking, and, of course, London—reconsidered through the lens of Sherlock Holmes. The female characters in his world are faced with unique situations. The answers they often find involve this aloof person who is repeatedly deemed sexist by modern writers. Holmes’ fictional biographer, John Watson, reports in one adventure that Holmes has an aversion to women.
Is this consistently true? As for the women, coming into his world can be lifesaving or hazardous.So it’s long since time to apply a different lens to the women who engage and motivate Sherlock Holmes. The center of each essay is agency—the opportunities for independence and self-determination, which were few and far between in Victorian England—and the particular character’s role in the story. What we find all too often are silences around the women. And yet, women in the stories—clients, villains, victims, and Violets—are pivotal in the world of Sherlock Holmes.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Lego Sherlock Holmes: J is for Jeopardy

Re-imagined, Lego Sherlock Holmes in his latest adventure - A Baskerville Curse - in A-Z format! Can it possibly get cooler than that?

Yup! The advance reviews are in A-Z format as well! 26 testimonials from Sherlockians all over the world even before the book is released, what are you waiting for?

Here's my review, adding to the heap of praises this wonderful project has already collected:

J is for Jeopardy! Danger lurks, an ancient curse stalks! How will our favourite detective duo - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - manage??

Some Sherlockians are already aware of this super-cool project and its latest offering and where to buy it - just click on the link and it'll take you to the Kickstarter page for the book: A Baskerville Curse.

Here is an interview with the author himself - if you're still not sold on the idea! (Seriously, this is the cutest avatar of Mr. Holmes ever!)

Hurry! Book your copy now!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The e-magazines are up!

All of them - from the the first issue (Summer 2013: Volume 1 Issue 1) to the latest (Summer 2019: Volume 7 Issue 1)!

Click on the tab above that says "Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge" - and you'll find them in all their glory, along with the original release texts they came with. Some links weren't working, so I've replaced those with ones that do.

Or, if you're too lazy or technologically-challenged (I'm both myself) - click here.

At some point (hopefully soon), I do intend to make a proper list that'll just list out the volume and issue for those that don't want to wade through the nonsense to access the e-magazines.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sherlock Holmes Society of India

The inevitable connection between India and Sherlock Holmes is one of the many reasons why Indians love the Great Detective. And when there are admirers, there is likely to be a congregation of such admirers.

That's how the Sherlock Holmes Society of India was formed, back in 2001.

We are a relatively new society when compared to the ones in the UK or the USA or Japan - but we love him no less!

The SHSI - as we fondly call the Sherlock Holmes Society of India - does have some achievements under its proverbial belt. We have had our own website and e-magazine for several years now. Our website crashed recently, and while we do have a team of experts looking into the matter and trying to figure out if it can be saved and reloaded, I thought it might be a good time to update and upgrade.

Hence this new website, which will (hopefully) be more streamlined and easier to navigate. Do forgive me for any bumps along the road - I'm not a technical person, nor particularly tech-savvy. I'm told that's not necessarily a handicap, though. It might end up making the new site easier for our readers.

For starters, there is a tab near the top which will take you directly to all previous issues of our e-magazine - "Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge". It is one thing I am super-proud of. I will keep updating this twice a year when the new issues are released.

All the content of the earlier website can be found under the head "Old is Gold" - it is a work in progress - please bear with me as I retrieve old posts and rehabilitate them. If we are able to get the earlier website to work, I'll add a link here.

There is also a couple of new pages - "Our History" and "Become a Member". These will tell you about SHSI and how to become a member. Anyone can be a member - all we ask for is an affinity to Sherlock Holmes in any of his avatars.