Learning to CROP with Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes was very popular during my school days and the legacy continues, thanks to my Hindi Teacher in school, Mr Suryaji Pathade, who was a master story teller. During the teachers’ assembly he used to narrate the stories of Sherlock Holmes like Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle…
I happened to read The Blue Carbuncle by Sherlock Holmes and was intrigued by the plot which revolved around a stolen gem (Blue Carbuncle)
As the story unfolds Holmes discovers that the precious gem was hidden in the CROP of the goose in a farm house.
Now the word Crop instantly made me think it is hidden in the crop which is in the farmer’s backyard…. But when I further probed I was literally taken aback (No google those days!!) to know that CROP also stands for the stomach cavity of all species of birds i.e it was a synonym of stomach.
I felt foolish but also learned to CROP with Sherlock Holmes!!
What a Nostalgic Journey with Holmes!!
I believe the author of the series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle weaved the character of Holmes in such a manner that people really believed that the fictional character was alive in the famous Baker Street in the same way as Mr R K Narayan created a fictional town of MALGUDI!!!