ABOUT THE BOOKA chaiwala by day and a super sleuth by night, Shrilok (Homeless) is a champion at deduction, disguises and drama. Along with Rohan Doctor, his partner in crime, he solves ten thrilling cases that have baffled Mumbai. From a severed hand turning up in a steel dabba to the appearance of a stolen rose diamond in a vada pav, from a Bollywood scandal caused by a selfie to the mysterious dogs of Bhaskarville, no case is too bizarre for Shrilok. Until he meets his nemesis, Masterji.
- A clever and quirky adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, with some decidedly Indian masala. The eponymous Shrilok is a humble tea seller, with the pre-teen Rohan Doctor, as his sidekick-cum-chronicler.
- The mysteries have some reference to the original stories – ‘A Study in To-Let’, ‘A Scandal in Bollywood’, ‘The Dogs of Bhaskarville’, to name a few – which makes it fun for middle readers who may have read them before. They will enjoy deducing the Sherlock Holmes connections in every one of the ten stories in this collection.
- The book has an attractive and action-packed cover. One glance at it establishes that the book is set in Mumbai.
- The mysteries themselves are somewhat disappointing though, with highly improbable incidents and situations that lead to the solutions. There is a lot of Bombay slang in the stories that some readers may need to gloss over. It doesn’t really hamper following the stories, but is a bit of a distraction if you don’t get the meanings.