Sherlocky Style

If the title is anything to go by, then yes, you heard it right! I did play a little of Sherlock Holmes myself on my way back from Hyderabad. And the idea spawned from the book I was reading. The great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol I.

I had nothing to do and the companions in my compartment weren’t in the least bit interesting. So, I picked up the book on Sherlock Holmes’ adventures and started reading it. One of the things Holmes insists upon a great deal is: OBSERVATION. How simple things lead to unraveling things about people. So, I decided to apply simple logic to things and trying to see if it really worked! And the first person I applied it to was: (lo and
behold) ME myself!!!!!! šŸ˜€

Now, you’d say why me? Well, the answer is simple. I know myself and check if the logic applied holds good or not! So, here’s how I went……..I decided to start with the most obvious things about me.

There was no sun in the train and still there I sat with a cap on. Which meant, I was trying to keep my hair tucked in. And that meant, I was not used to the hairstyle I had. A fact that’s true. I am not used to this hairstyle yet. This meant that I acquired it lately and also, I must have had longer hair earlier…….facts that were completely true! And trust me, I marveled at myself for having applied this bit of logic (I know I know it sounds rather silly, but it’s logic nevertheless)……

Then, came my luggage. Nothing out of ordinary. A bag and a carry bag loaded with food stuff (thanks to my cousin whom I had gone to visit). Unlike many women in trains, my luggage was rather limited. So, I am supposed to be not very feminine in that way (a fact that I grudgingly admit to). Since I had a bag of eatables and wasn’t really eating anything
off it, I didn’t buy all that so, it must be given by someone. And who else but a very close friend or family person would buy me a BIG bag of eateries? So, I was either on my way or was on my way back from a personal visit. But since there was little luggage, the visit was going to be or was rather short (a true fact, I had less than 24 hours to visit my cousin).

Now, since I spent most of my time reading (or sleeping), I was a person who was into academics (not all books I read were Sherlock Holmes books :D)…………

When the food came, I ate the food with militarian cleanliness and wrapped the aluminium foil so neatly that it spoke of Militarian upbringing (I’m not boasting about this!!!! My father DOES insist on clean eating)…..

Satisfied with my logical deductions about my behaviour and things like that, I decided to analyze the people near me. There were five of them. But one person caught my attention. He was trying to read a book but was reading much less than yawning over it!!!! He had trimly cut hair (a tell-tale sign of Army persons)……well well, some KNOWLEDGE also goes into deduction! Remember, Sherlock Holmes has loads of knowledge to his credit………..

But his feet were rather smooth for a regular army personnel. So, he had to be in the non=field services. And moments later, my deductinos were confirmed when he took out a joural on ASC (Armed Services Corps) and tried to read it. It looked like a report that he wasn’t interested in. Since he showed little inclination towards reading it and was rather
reluctant to sit in one place, I guessed that he must’ve finished training not very much earlier.

And I felt glad when while asking about when the Bangalore station would arrive, he did tell me that he’d finished training only less than an year ago.

Well, I was so delighted at my observation skills and their success that I decided to tell my dearest friend all about them! And guess what I got a reply as: Oh my God!!!! How useful these deductions were (with appropriate doses of sarcasm pooled in)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! šŸ˜€

So much so for playing detective!!!!!!!!



  1. October 6, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Hm. Now, I’m inspired to play some Holmes-like thing too.

    Who would quickly find all her co-passengers uninterestingly: Pritesh.
    Who would have some or the other quirky stuff (like having a cap on indoors) on her dress: Pritesh.
    Who would be so quick to apply her newly acquired skills to her so far ‘uninteresting’ co-passengers: Pritesh.
    Who would definitely write a blog on this experience: Pritesh.

    Damn! This blog is written by Pritesh! It couldn’t be simpler!
    See! šŸ˜‰

  2. October 6, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks Sujit! šŸ˜€ Can’t help laughing!!!!!!! Good logical deduction!!!!! šŸ˜€

  3. Bhargavi said,

    October 7, 2006 at 2:02 pm


  4. Shamit said,

    October 8, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    Not very dumb or silly, as you make them out to be ! Nice writeup, inspired by Holmes. Which particular story were you reading?

  5. October 11, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Bhargavi, thanks for dropping by! I know it’s nothing of the sort that YOU write but that’s me, ain’t it?

    And yes Shamit, I agree with you. Although the write up may seem silly, it’s quite true that all of us cease to observe the most obvious things as we grow up. Things start getting taken for granted…….

    And I was reading Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Don’t remember what story I was on when I started observing……..but I was sure overwhelmed by the amount of data that lay right in front of my eyes to be used for logical deduction…..

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