There is a lot of literature, research papers, old photos, books, and everything about everything in America. As I was tracing how-and-when of Allan Pinkertron, I learned about Kate Warne—the first female detective in America. I started wondering about the ‘detective scenario’ in the country on my birth—India. Growing up in New Delhi, I knew of only fictional English detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I have never heard of a real detective!
Up until now, I was not aware that there were fictional Indian detectives in Indian literature. I only knew of the fictional detective Karamchand from the Doordarshan TV series Karamchand (1985 – 1989). Few months ago I watched the Hindi movie Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! I learned that the movie’s name and main character are based on the fictional Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.
All this only my whetted appetite about finding who were the first detectives in India. Ideally, I should have started by writing about the first Indian detective be it a male or a female. Ramesh C Madan is considered as the first private investigator in India. But then men are the first in everything in India. As a woman, I always had to play second fiddle. Hence, I am choosing to trace about the first female detective in India– Rajani Pandit.