Who do you like better, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? And why?

By Sunil Kumar

Tricky question, but simple answer. I like both of them, but Sherlock Holmes definitely ranks higher in my mind.

Reasons- Probably because I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ earlier, when I was 10 years old, and my book(s) were later passed on to a few of my friends. So, fond memories from childhood.

In comparison to the cerebral Holmes, Agatha Christie’s plots are more intricate. But Poirot strikes me as pretentious, a brand of people I heartily dislike. Also, apart from the books, TV shows also have an impact.

So, I was very sad when the actor playing Sherlock Holmes(Jeremy Brett) died in ‘The Final Problem’ when it was telecast on Doordarshan(Sundays) in the 80s. This was way before the new-age Benedict Cumberbatch and the current reworking as ‘Sherlock’.

In comparison, although the sets and direction was quite good in ‘Poirot’, David Suchet and the slightly affected airs of the Belgian were not that appealing. Comparing both the authors, Conan Doyle and Christie would also be slightly wrong as they were both brilliant.

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