Introduction   On Racism   Epigraphs   A History of the Pulps   A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z   

Glossary and Character Taxonomy  Breakdown by Country of Origin   Bibliography   Table of Contents    The Best of the Encyclopedia

   

Cāmpu. Cāmpu was created by “Tevan,” the pseudonym of the Indian author Ar. Makatevan, and appeared in a number of stories in Anar Da Vikatan and one novel from 1940 to the mid-1940s, beginning with “Thupariyum Campu” (Anar Da Vikatan, 1940).

Cāmpu is a short, ugly, fat, balding Indian man with a huge nose, a weak chin, and a head shaped like a vilaam fruit. He is a failure as a bank clerk, but happenstance leads him to begin investigating crimes. Those he helps give him money, and he becomes an official thupariyum (detective). He has a good memory for details, but his main attribute as a detective is his consistently good luck. He quickly becomes rich, successful, and beloved by the local police and the public in Chennai. After a few years, when his fame has sufficiently spread, he is invited to New Scotland Yard, where he solves a case which has stymied the Yard’s best men for two years. Cāmpu catches murderers, robbers, jewel thieves, kidnapers, and a number of other criminals--nobody escapes him. He is assisted by Inspector Gopalan. Cāmpu does not dress well and usually wears only a tattered dhoti (loincloth) and a worn overcoat.

Table of Contents / Annotations / Blog / Books / Patreon / Twitter / Contact me