I was reading some of the old Sherlock Holmes stories after a long time. As you may know Irene Adler from Scandal in Bohemia was the woman in Sherlock’s life.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Who was the woman in Feluda’s life? Did he never fall in love? Or was he completely obsessed with his profession?
One explanation is that even if he did have a girlfriend or fiancee, he hid it very well from Topshe. Or maybe Topshe was forbidden from writing about personal matters? In fact that there were cases that Feluda worked on that were too violent or racy for Topshe (as Satyajit Ray mentions in Noyon Rahasya).
This brings me to a second point. There are a lot of female fans of the sleuth in the real world but there are very few female characters in Feluda’s world. A very-well researched post in Calcutta Chromosome confirms and expands on the topic of female characters (or lack thereof) in Feluda’s world.
I highly recommend that you read the piece. This complements Lila Mazumdar’s spot-on observation on the dearth of major roles for any of the relatives of Feluda and Topshe in the series.
Until next time, keep reading.