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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Trip To Thiruneermalai


Yesterday we went to Thiruneermalai. It is around 17 km from our house.There are two sannadhis. One at the top of the hill and one at the bottom. It is not a big hill.There are 170 steps. The temple  is being renovated. I took some pictures. The city view from the top of the hill is wonderful. Thiruneermalai is not far from the city, but it is quiet and peaceful. I enjoyed the drive to Thiruneermalai.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia

Irene Adler
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Title :
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia
Author :
Sir  Arthur Conan Doyle
Main Characters :
Sherlock Holmes, Dr.Watson, Irene Adler, The King of Bohemia and Godfrey Norton
Description of one of the main characters : Sherlock Holmes observes very keenly and finds out even the slightest clue. He is cold and precise. He has a balanced mind. Sherlock Holmes would make a fine actor or a very good reasoner in science. But he is deeply attracted by the study of crime. He lives in Baker Street. He solves mysteries which has been abandoned as hopeless by the police.
Whom I like and Why : I like Irene Adler as she is smart, quick and intelligent. She notices Sherlock Holmes watch her taking the photo out of the sliding shutter. She does not mean to create any problem with the photograph but she wants to keep herself safe with the help of the photograph.
Setting/Theme of the story : The King of Bohemia comes to Sherlock Holmes with a problem. When the king was a young prince, he had made an acquaintance with a girl named Irene Adler. There was a photograph of them together. Now the King is thirty and going to marry. Irene Adler threatens to send the photograph on the day of the King’s betrothal. The King wants the photograph back. Sherlock Holmes probes and finds out that the King had tried and failed to take the photograph back even after ransacking Irene Adler’s house and waylaying her. Sherlock Holmes makes a plan and finally finds out where the photograph is hidden in Irene Adler’s house. But when he goes next morning to take the photograph away from Irene Adler, he finds her house empty. Irene Adler had noticed Sherlock Holmes watching her the previous day. Hence she escapes with her husband  Godfrey Norton. She tells Sherlock Holmes through a letter that she will keep the photograph only for her safety and would not send it on the day of the King’s betrothal. The King thanks Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who has also helped to solve this great problem.  
The Part I enjoyed the most : The process of finding out all details about Irene Adler is the part I enjoyed the most. When Sherlock Holmes goes to the church along with Irene Adler and Godfrey Norton, instead of finding information he becomes a witness for their marriage.
A different ending : Sherlock Holmes goes and takes the photograph. Irene Adler sees this and catches him. Sherlock Holmes says that he has come on behalf of the King. He threatens Irene Adler that he would show the photograph to her husband. Afraid that he would show it, Irene Adler promises Sherlock Holmes that she would not send the photograph on the day of Betrothal. Sherlock Holmes burns the photograph in front of Irene Adler. He tells the King that he has burnt the photograph and there is no more trouble and makes the King promise that he would not harm Irene Adler.
Six New Words I Learnt :
Deduce : Infer logically
Lounged : Stand or move about idly
Veil : A piece of transparent fabric attached to a woman’s hat
Vile : Disgusting
Gibe : Jeer, mock
Sardonic : Bitterly mocking or cynical
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