Author Saradindu Bandopadhyay and his unusual murder weapons
Remember the gramophone pin fired from a bicycle bell, in Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Pather Kanta? The Byomkesh Bakshi story that has mesmerised readers down ages for of the unusual weapon used when most people would think Gramophone is only used to listen to music. The use of a standard bicycle bell that was modified into an air-gun capable of firing a steel gramophone pin captured the imagination of readers. Often in Sherlock Holmes too, author Arthur Conan Doyle had brought unusual murder ideas, such as in Speckled Band a trained snake is used to kill or in Hounds of Baskervilles it is a Bloodhound.
Sajarur Kanta, the ever famous detective novel of Saradindu, that speaks of an unsual sharp object like the porcupine spine used to shoot through blowpipes have also been used by Agatha Christie. The whole story was not just about tracking the murderer, but also about the mode of murder using a spine. Similarly, in Durgo Rahashyo, readers are left perturbed when one gets to know the snake bite marks were made with the help of a pen, that also was modified to push the venom into the victim’s body. In Artham Anartham, that takes a romantic turn in the end with Byomkesh finding his soulmate Satyabati, also sees a murderer who uses a sewing needle to kill the victim by piercing it through the right spot on the medulla.
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Even poison has been administered in various ways in Byomkesh tales, instead of the usual mixing it with tea, coffee or drinks, that we find in detective novels. Just take the example of Panugopal in Chiriyakhana, where the poison is added to the eardrops that the victim used. Many such Byomkesh tales thus throw up unusual weapons and hence make the stories more complicated than a reader could ever think of! That was probably the success of Saradindu Bandopadhyay!