Feluda aka Prodosh C Mitter is not just a character penned by Satyajit Ray, he has been a living entity to his fans — both young and old alike — for generations. The six-feet-two, smart Bengali sleuth, along with his cousin Topshe and thriller-writer Lalmohan Ganguly aka Jatayu, has cracked several mysteries with his magajastra, only to inspire many more authors in the times to come. Carrying forward the legacy, here’s a list of 10 Bengali books on the detective and his sidekicks that are must-haves in any Ray+Feluda fan and a bibliophile’s collection.
'Feluda Rahasya' by Prasenjit Dasgupta
It’s a fanfiction on Feluda, Topshe and Jatayu by lawyer-cum-author Prasenjit Dasgupta. The book has a montage of scenes from the life of Feluda in the book cover that readily draws attention. Published by Lyriqal Books, Feluda Rahasya is a concise read of 335 pages. (Price: ₹463 on Amazon.in)
'Aami Aar Feluda' by Sandip Ray
Penned by Sandip Ray, the personal memoir documents shooting diaries of Feluda flicks from the eyes of an assistant to Ray and later as a director of the franchise. Published by Dip Prakashani, it’s a quick read of 79 pages.(Price: 125 on booksandpublishers.com)
'Quiz E Chayachabir Manik O Sandhani Feluda' by Pabitra Mukhopadhyay
For quiz lovers and Feluda-heads, here’s a book to revise your knowledge on your favourite ‘goyenda’. The chapter names include Ojana Satyajit, Bibhutibhushan o Satyajit, Kolkatay Felunath, Kolkatar Bahire Felunath. The book has been published by Uttoran Publishers and has 160 pages. (Price: ₹198 on Flipkart.com)
'Quiz E Chayachabir Manik O Sandhani Feluda Khanda-2: Feluda Jatayu Special' by Pabitra Mukhopadhyay
As the title suggests, the second part focuses not only on Feluda but also on his sidekick Jatayu and is published by Uttoran Publishers with 160 pages, following the format of its prequel.(Price: ₹198 on Flipkart.com)
'Feluda 2in1' by Agniva Chakraborty and Kamil Das
This illustrated journal-cum-factbook comes in hardcover and with a magnetic lock. The book covers several anecdotes from the shooting floors of Feluda films and stories. Feluda 2in1 has been compiled by Agniva Chakraborty, published by Bhasa Publishers and has 176 pages. (Price: ₹225 on Amazon.in)
'Feluda o Kobita' by Kisholoy Roy
Published by Ukiyoto, the book offers a collection of poems dedicated to Feluda. It starts with dedicating two poems to the creator, Satyajit Ray, as a tribute.(Price: ₹125 on Flipkart.com)
'Feluda @ 50' by Boria Majumdar
A tribute on Feluda’s 50th anniversary, Feluda @ 50 dives into the many unknown facts about the sleuth — his non-existent love life, no political affiliation, the way forward for the franchise and much more. The 216 pager is published by Harper Collins India.(Price: ₹359 Hardcover and ₹299 for Paperback on Amazon.in)
'Topsher Notebook' by Koushik Majumder
Illustrated by Santanu Mitra, Topsher Notebook navigates through the many facets on Feluda’s life and lesser known cases like Chandannagarer Joda Khoon, and has not just Tarini Khuro and Professor Shonku but also Netaji and Byomkesh Bakshi in the book. The notebook is published by Book Farm and is an unputdownable read of 120 pages. (Price: ₹177 on Amazon.in)
'Feluda quiz' by Piyali Basu
About 91 pages of trivia by Ananda Publishers with interesting chapters like ‘Cinema o Theatre, Jatayu Omnibus, Pakhi, Magic o Circus’, it also has questions like: ‘Feludar cigarette’er brand ki?’ to ‘Lalmohan Babu kothay thakten? Bartamanei ba tini kothay thaken?’ and more.
'Jatayu Zindabad' by Sunit Sengupta
An analytical 144 page book by Laalmati, the book focuses on Lalmohan Ganguly aka Jatayu alone.