Monday, 24 June 2013

Upcoming Posts

I don't have the time right now to update properly, but in the next few days, the following posts are going to be put up:

1. The Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present Conference experience
2. Meeting three of the most important Sherlockians of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
3. The Broken Holmes play
4. Sherlock Holmes - London tourism

Stay tuned. En route to India now.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Broken Holmes

A fantastic play - irreverent and ingenious! Check out the website. If you're in London, you can see it tomorrow - tickets here.

I saw it today, and I'm bowled over!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Broken Holmes

The play!

Sherlock Holmes investigates a duke's murder. But the real mystery is, why does an intelligent, sensitive soul like Watson stay in a relationship with an abusive, egotistical drug-addict? A farcical parody of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.

Will be back with stories.

Saturday, 8 June 2013


The long-awaited Season 3 of BBC Sherlock is apparently going to be out this October! I can hardly wait...but a small question, now that BBC Entertainment no longer airs in India, where do we see it?

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Five Orange Pips - Prize

Winners of The Five Orange Pips - well, the first three (...or maybe ten?) - will not only get the "Pucca Holmesian" title, but this neat little fridge-magnet proclaiming them to be a "Pucca Holmesian"!

So, have you sent in your entry yet? Do hurry, I have a very limited stock of these little goodies!

And do remember to collect all five pips - solving one or two puzzles that you like won't do; you need to solve all five!

For the other contests, the photos of the prize will be put up soon, promise.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Detective fiction rules

Thanks to the lovely Tim Symonds, who sent us this link, we now give to you an interesting list - Monsignor Ronald Knox's 10 rules of detective fiction (circa 1928-29):
  1. The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow;
  2. All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course;
  3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowed;
  4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end;
  5. No Chinaman must figure in the story;
  6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right;
  7. The detective must not himself commit the crime;
  8. The detective must not light on any clues which are not instantly produced for the inspection of the reader;
  9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader; and
  10. Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

No Place Like Holmes

Lovely series by Ross K Foad. Check it out here. The premise is: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of old are transported to the twenty-first century by an old enemy. It's hilarious.

The scripts and stories, in book form are to be released this week. See it here. They promise free worldwide delivery and it's up for pre-order.

Cool, eh?

Contest Submissions

Dear All:

A few basic pointers for the contest submissions:
  1. Please mention in the subject line of your email which contest you're submitting your entry for.
  2. Your submission should have a nexus with the contest prompt/topic. For example, a treatise on one hundred and forty three types of tobacco ash does not count as an entry for a story-writing contest. We'll publish your treatise gladly, but it won't count as a contest entry.
  3. Ditto for art-work. For the contest, a nexus is required. (There's a reason we give a topic, yes?) We'd love to publish any art you've made for Sherlock, but it counts as a contest-entry only if it is in tandem with the prescribed topic.
  4. Entries for the Five Orange Pips Contest must have all five pips - i.e., you have to submit your solution to all five puzzles. Giving us the solution to one or two puzzles out of five does not count as a solution, even if you're right. You're a "Pucca Holmesian" only if you solve all five correctly.
Yes, we do have actual goodies that will be couriered to the winners. I've placed the order, and will put up pictures once they're ready...unless you'd rather be surprised. Bespoke SHSI goodies - small, but well, a prize is a prize, yes?

Looking forward to many, many submissions.

Do feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Launch: Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge

And finally, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the very first issue of the e-magazine by the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge:
Remember, this e-magazine is free for distribution, so go ahead, don't be shy, spread the word!
And don't forget to:
  1.  Send in your entries for the contests (you can win goodies, yay!)
  2.  Vote for the Annual Meet venue
  3.  Let us know what you think of the publication
We hope you will enjoy reading the e-magazine as much as we enjoyed creating it!
And of course - many, many thanks to every single person who contributed to the making of this e-magazine - the authors, the artists, the advisors, the editors...and above all, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
The game is afoot.