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Unfolding tales of Sherlock Holmes


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KATHMANDU: The 9th edition of the Tavern Tales held at the Quixote’s Cove the bookshop at Jawalakhel on June 13 saw Ted Riccardi talk about his first novel The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes.

Riccardi who is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University in New York also read excerpts from his book at the event. In his first work of fiction Riccardi has paid tribute to his favourite writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this tribute to his favourite writer Riccardi has recounted nine adventures where Sherlock Holmes wanders through Asia during 1891 to 1894. Places like Lhasa, Kathmandu to the West Indies to the deserts of Rajasthan have been mentioned in this book.

Along with reading from his book Riccardi also shared his experiences of writing it. The writer has special interest in the history and cultures of India and Nepal, where he has lived and travelled widely. Thus he has written extensively about these places and there are references of Kathmandu in his novel as well.

“Sherlock Holmes is a little more than adventure and dialogues,” shared Riccardi. “I don’t know what inspired me and when I started writing I didn’t know where it was going. When I was a student of Nepali I read Paribandha. And I learned from there that circumstances are very tricky things,” he added.

The audience that included expatriates and Nepalis also got to interact with the writer. Since it’s opening last year Quixote’s Cove has been putting an effort to promote literature and also providing a platform to engage writers with the readers.

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