Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

Created by Swaroop RSJ, Krishna Naroju & Naveen Polishetty India gets its very own wannabe private eye in Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, a 2019 comedy thriller starring Naveen Polishetty as SAI SRINIVASA ATHREYA, an amiable doofus who's seen way too many detective movies. So naturally he sets up his own detective agency, The Fatima Bureau of Investigation (FBI, for short) … Continue reading Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

Harith Athreya

Created by RV Raman According to Sarah Lyall over at The New York Times Book Review, Chennai, India's HARITH ATHREYA is "a canny private detective... with a curious mind, a cool eye for the chance detail (and) a skill in synthesizing disparate threads." In his series debut, A Will to Kill (2021), he also displays "a talent for … Continue reading Harith Athreya

Captain Jim Agnihotri

Created by Nev March It's 1892, and Anglo-Indian Sherlock Holmes fan CAPTAIN JIM AGNIHOTRI of the British Army's 14th Light Cavalry Regiment, is recovering from his wounds from a "skirmish on the wild northern frontier" in a Bombay's Poona military hospital when we meet him in Murder in Bombay (2020), the kick-off book in a … Continue reading Captain Jim Agnihotri

Indian Eyes

Our listing of sub-continentnal ops The United States was certainly not the only country to have a pulp fiction explosion. In the forties, the libraries of the Indian province of Tamil were exploding with thuppariyum kathaiga (detective stories) which were eagerly read by thousands of readers. Their adventures were serialized in such popular magazines as … Continue reading Indian Eyes

Vish Puri

Created by Tarquin Hall Possibly inspired by the phenomenal success of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Precious Ramotswe, British writer Tarquin Hall introduced fussy, pot-bellied VISH PURI, the head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators Ltd., in The Case of the Missing Servant (2009). Like McCall-Smith's work, the strength and charm of this book … Continue reading Vish Puri

Feluda (Pradosh Chandra Mitra)

Created by Satyajit Ray (1921-92) PRADOSH CHANDRA MITTER, more commonly known as FELUDA is a thirty-something private eye created by the well known Indian filmmaker, cartoonist, musician and novelist Satyajit Ray. The character made his debut in 1965 in the popular Bengali children’s magazine Sandesh that Ray edited (and which his grandfather had founded), appearing regularly in … Continue reading Feluda (Pradosh Chandra Mitra)

Bharat and Susheela

Created by Pattukkottai Prabakar Motorbike-riding BHARAT and "SUSI" SUSHEELA are a couple of young detectives who run the Moonlight Agency out of the rundown Nelson Building located somewhere in Tamil Nadu, India, which also employs receptionist Marikkozhunthu (a.k.a. Madhavi) and "office boy" Ravi, in a series of very popular lighthearted stories by Tamil pulp writer Pattukkottai Prabakar. … Continue reading Bharat and Susheela

Narendran and Vaijayanthi

Created by Subha Pseudonym of D. Suresh and A.N. Balakrishnan "Clever girl!" teased Narendran, getting into the car. -- Narendran in "Hurricane Vaij" NARENDRAN and VAIJAYANTHI are a "spunky young couple" who work together at the Eagle’s Eye Detective Agency in India, in hundreds of stories written in Tamil by bestselling Indian author Subha (actually the pen … Continue reading Narendran and Vaijayanthi

Perveen Mistry

Created by Sujata Massey PERVEEN MASSEY, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family in Bombay has just received a top notch legal education from Oxford, and before you can say "Perry Mason," she's joined Mistry Law, her father's law firm, becoming Bombay's first (and so far only) only female lawyer. But it's her hands-on approach … Continue reading Perveen Mistry