Thursday, September 28, 2006


“That’s a strange thing”, remarked my companion; “you are the second man today that has used that expression to me.”

“And who was the first?” I asked.

“A fellow who is working at the chemical laboratory up at the hospital. He was bemoaning himself this morning because he could not get someone to go halves with him in some nice rooms which he had found, and which were too much for his purse.”

“By Jove!” I cried; “if he really wants someone to share the rooms and the expense, I am the very man for him. I should prefer having a partner to being alone.”

Young Stamford looked rather strangely at me over his wineglass “You don’t know XX* yet.” He said; “perhaps you would not care for him as a constant companion.”

“Why, what is there against him?”

“Oh, I didn’t say there was anything against him. He is a little queer in his ideas-an enthusiast in some branches of science. As far as I know he is a decent fellow enough.”

“A medical student, I suppose?” said I.

“No- I have no idea what he intends to go in for. I believe he is well up in anatomy, and he is a first class chemist; but as far as I know, he has never taken out any systematic medical classes. His studies are very desultory and eccentric, but he has amassed a lot of out-of-the-way knowledge, which would astonish his professors.”

“Did you never ask him what he was going in for?” I asked.

“No; he is not a man that is easy to draw out, though he can be communicative enough when the fancy seizes him.”

Thus was described one of the very famous heroes in the history of literature. And thus was formed (by sharing rooms) one of the absolutely famous friendships in literary fiction. A typical dominance-submission relationship. A queer fellow, a cocaine addict, a violin player and a man of keenest observation roughly begins to describe this guy.

We quote him, we’ve definitely heard of him and some of us have extensively read of him. Before I update this post and write a little more about him, any guesses who I am talking about?

XX = Name of hero

P.S.: Googling strictly not allowed :D


Recently I picked up a complete volume of the novels and stories of Sherlock Holmes. Prior to this I had been acquainted to this fictional character through a few short stories read arbitrarily. Reading this work has been an interesting and quaint journey, but Dr. Watson for some reason holds my attention more than our Holmes chappie. I had decided to do some insightful thinking as to why not the queer Holmes but the absolutely ordinary Watson makes a deeper impression on me. However, I find that I'm too lazy to write about it. In any case I have been less than lazy in clicking a picture of the cover of this book, which in my opinion is done very tastefully. Here it is

Sherlock Holmes



Anonymous said...

Its elementary my dear .... ;-)

Sharique said...

"extensively read of him"
Sherlock homes?

Goli said...

It is not at all difficult to guess... who else then our sherlock holmes...

Anonymous said...

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. So, I have reached the conclusion that the hero in question is none other than Footy.....Kumail.

-w-a-r-p-e-d--p-h-r-a-s-e- said...

for those impromptu moments is it? baaki sab toh theek hai...who is jove btw? lmao@kumail's maxim...footsy ban gaya gentleman?

The Illusionist said...

Alright. This was akin to offering a lolly to giants:). yeah arfi like you say it was elementary :P

yeah warpie one of those impromptu moments entirely.

Haha Kumail

anant said...

For the record, I guessed right too. Did'nt know he played the violin as well...these fictional characters have it made :-)

footloose.slinger said...

Sadia :So u though u must write this post for the heck of it ? Q&A blogs lead to comments-dialogues of no relevance except that they answer it 'right' always. :-)

Kumail :Say ... Sadia is responsible for mapping the most efficient transmission path for telephone signals among the options available at any given time. How might Sadia accomplish this?

The Illusionist said...

Anant: one of the reasons i did post this was because before I started with the complete work on Holmes (which is recently) I had only read stuff here and there and didn't know he played the violin or was a cocaine user. But ppl here seem to have known better:)

Foots: I write for the heck of it and so this post follows no differently. Moreover it started off as a write up about something I had been reading and ended in a question.

I wait for poor Kumail's reply :)

Anonymous said...

footy: ....and her options are??
fone-a-friend one of them ?
apna opinion ek hee the crow flies. ( btw, footy (ur point to ponder for the day) ...does that mean the crow s**ts in a straight line too? when it flies overhead? )......Kumail.

footloose.slinger said...

Kumail...lets find a solution for the Crow s**ting paradox. Say ...the crow flies over ur head at a certain point of time and it aims the s**t on ur head, we take ur head as the 'mean'.Then we trace the crow-flying trajectory and try to measure the deviation from the 'mean' as a measure of 'sigma' level of accuracy. This doesn't essentially mean that I called u a 's**t-head' (disclaimer) :-)

Anonymous said...

I think the answer might be in the question itself ...

".... why not the queer Holmes but the absolutely ordinary Watson makes a deeper impression on me."

The Illusionist said...

yeah arfi, I guess you're right. I'm probably intrigued by the sheer ordinary commonplaceness of Watson.