What would have happened if Sherlock Holmes met Swami Vivekananda?

By Sunil Kumar

Imaginary place in London: Baker Street

Swami Vivekananda(Mr. Naren Dutta) arrives at 221B. Sherlock Holmes is relaxing near the fireplace along with his sidekick, Watson smoking a pipe.

Mrs. Hudson comes in, let us imagine her as a genial soul; a reasonably well-behaved British lady. I’m sure Swami Vivekananda may have agreed.

“Mr. Holmes, a famous Indian has come here to meet you. A Swami Vivekananda from Calcutta”.

Holmes(puffing away): “Ah, Watson. From the tropics, a spiritualist with some degree of fame in our colonies. Wasn’t he the one who lectured in Chicago? Refer to my monograph on the subject.”

Watson: Indeed, Holmes.

The conversation may have veered towards Holmes and his habits; with Swami Vivekananda talking about human unity; and our higher purpose in life. Holmes may or may not have agreed. Holmes would have done his usual deductions on Vivekananda’s sartorial habits; or daily routine; and then possibly talked about rationality, materialism vs spirituality and its adherents.

The meeting would have come to a civil end.

English: Photo of Swami Vivekananda at Jaipur ...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in English: Photo of Swami Vivekananda at Jaipur ( between 1885 – 1895 ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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