Lawyer fees - Part 1

Thippadoddi is a village on the north-eastern border of the Mysore Princely State. Punganoor is about eight to nine miles from Thippadoddi. There resided about twenty to twenty five families - one family of śānubhoga (Village Accountant), fifteen families of Reddy-Vokkaligas, five to six families of what is called the Harijan caste and the rest of other castes. The houses were all made of mud walls, some with mud roofs and rest with local tiles. No house had any plastered flooring.


In Chikkapete area of Bengaluru, near the garment shop belonging to Late Rajasevasakta Pamadi Subbaramashetty, on a lane to the east of the shop, was a large house. It was an enormous bungalow. Advocate Venkatagiriyappa lived there. Venkatagiriyappa was my father’s maternal grandfather. His era was the period that the British began ruling the Mysore province.

The Late Sri. T S Venkannayya - Part 2

One day, I quoted the following verse by poet Bhavabhūti to him.

बहिः सर्वाकारप्रगुणरमणीयं व्यवहरन्
पराभ्यूहस्थानान्यपि तनुतराणि स्थगयति
जनं विद्वानेकः सकलमभिसन्धाय कपटैः
तटस्थः स्वानर्थान्घटयति च मैौनं च भजते
[A “genius” indulges in every activity while making his adversaries unaware of even the minute flaws in his plans, he misleads others to think as though he is indifferent of the outcomes but gets the results in his favour, keeps himself silent too.]

The Man who brought Village Life into the Precincts of Literature - 1

Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar attained fame in Kannada literature by his creative nonfiction writings and hundreds of stories that have humour as their mainstay. Among those writers whom the readers specifically identified as humorists, Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar and Na. Kasturi were the foremost. The characters that Gorur created several decades ago have remained enshrined in the hearts of readers even today; this bears testimony to the emotional richness in his writing.