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.

Mirza’s Friendly Nature (Part 2)

The Position of Dewan

Mirza became the Dewan in 1926. Many people had anticipated that appointment. Although I had not anticipated it, it came as no surprise to me. I wrote him a congratulatory letter. At the start of the letter I wrote, “Dear and Respected Sir.” Since he was now in a higher position, I had my reservations and doubts about maintaining the same leniencies as before.

Mirza’s Friendly Nature (Part 1)

I cannot say that Mirza Ismail was a gifted public speaker. He used to write down what he intended to convey at a gathering and read it out.

However, the style of his written English was beautiful; the kind that was in harmony with the conventions of the English language. Sentences used to be short and lucid. He chose words that were delicate and aesthetic. The letters he wrote to his friends would have light humour in them.

He used to correct drafts prepared by others in English and beautify them.

ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಸಾಧಕ ಶ್ರೀ ಮೇಣ ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣಭಟ್ಟರು - 3

ಶಿಶಿರರ್ತುವನ್ನು ವರ್ಣಿಸುವ ಮುಂದಿನ ಪದ್ಯ ತನ್ನ ಚಮತ್ಕಾರದಿಂದ ಚೆಲುವೆನಿಸಿದೆ:

ಆನಂದಾದಿವ ರೋಮಹರ್ಷಣಮಯೋ ಭೀತ್ಯೇವ ಚೋದ್ವೇಪಥುಃ

ಕ್ರೋಧಾವೇಶವಶಾದ್ವಿಘೃಷ್ಟರದನಃ ಶೋಕೇನ ನಮ್ರಾನನಃ |

ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯೇಣ ಹಹೇತಿ ಜಲ್ಪಿತಪರಶ್ಚಾಯಂ ಜುಗುಪ್ಸಾವಶಾ-

ನ್ನಾಸಾಬದ್ಧಕರೋ ವಿಭಾತಿ ಶಿಶಿರಶ್ಚಾರಿತ್ರ್ಯವೈಚಿತ್ರ್ಯಭಾಕ್ || (ಕಾವ್ಯೋದ್ಯಾನಮ್, ಪು. ೧೩೦)