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Kolkata, May 07, 2016: Is Feluda, auteur Satyajit Ray’s iconic sleuth, bobbing about on a camel amid the urban jungle of the eastern metropolis?

Check out a theme park launched here in New Town on Friday dedicated to the detective’s adventure immortalized in “Sonar Kella” (The Golden Fortress), the first Feluda movie, adapted from the book, in 1974.

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Christened ‘Sonar Kella Udyan’, the recreation spot is built around sculptures of the alert sleuth atop a camel in hot pursuit, a reminder of the storyline where the ace private investigator chases kidnappers in the desert state of Rajasthan. Feluda is said to have been modelled on Sherlock Holmes.

He is accompanied by cousin Tapesh Ranjan Mitra or Topshe who is the narrator of the stories and may have been loosely based on the character of Dr John Watson. It is in “Sonar Kella”, that Ray introduces Jatayu (Lal Mohon Ganguly), a writer of thriller novels who provides much-loved comic relief.

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In the park, Jatayu can be seen perched precariously on the camel, seated behind Feluda. Heaps of sand provide the perfect backdrop.

Revolving around the 27-year-old athletic Pradosh Chandra Mitter, nicknamed Feluda, the novellas showcase the private eye’s superb analytical and observational skills to dig out clues that ultimately solve mysteries — be it murders, theft or kidnapping.

Feluda possesses a .32 Colt revolver but rarely uses it.

This year is Feluda’s 50th anniversary. IANS

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

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On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)