Did you like detective storiesDuring my time we youngsters liked to read detective stories or thrillers.
My interest and habit started from reading the Enid Blyton series "Secret Seven",'Famous Five' etc. during upper primary classes. Later I also started reading Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, the illustrated Comic books.
While in High School, I joined the local Public Library. Of the two books I was eligible to hire at a time, I always chose one detective book. There were lot of detective stories in Malayalam then. Most of them were written by Kottayam Pushpanath. Many detective story movies also came in those times. Prem Nazeer in Malayalam, Jaishankar in Tamil was the main actors in such movies. Interestingly there was a Malaylam movie titled CID Nazeer , and a Tamil movie named CID Shankar in which Prem Nazeer and Jaishankar were the heroes respectively.
After reaching college I started reading James Hadley Chase and Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason) books. Many other books and authors too. After getting job it became light reading for time pass. Then in Tamil a number of modern writers became popular with their short novels published every week or fortnight by different publishers. There were Rajesh Kumar, Pattukottai Prabhakar, Indra Soundarrajan, Sujatha, Rajendrakumar etc were most popular. The books were very cheap also. There could be thousands and I would have read a few hundred books while I was working in Tamil Nadu. They were best time pass. The titles were also very interesting like "January, February, Mortuary" "Kolaikanal" "May, June, Julie" etc.
Do you like reading detective stories when you were young? In which languages?Who were the authors?
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