September 2019

Gokhale Institute and DVG
DVG practiced journalism for an unremitting seven decades; from the beginning, he fiercely upheld the nationalistic spirit in both speech and writing. From 1913-1920 when D.V.G. was editing the English biweekly Karnataka, this was the tenet that he declared: “The newspapers of our country need not imitate their counterparts in America or other foreign countries. Our papers need to conduct themselves in a manner that is consonant with our social...
ভাগবত পুরাণে কৃষ্ণের প্রাসাদে কুচেলার আগমন নিয়ে একটি মর্মস্পর্শী অধ্যায় আছে। সান্দীপনীর গুরুকুলে কৃষ্ণ এবং কুচেলা সহপাঠী ছিলেন। যখন কৃষ্ণ রাজার ন্যায় জীবনযাপন করছেন, তখন কুচেলা অত্যন্ত দারিদ্রের মধ্যে। কুচেলা কতকটা সাহায্যপ্রার্থী হয়েই পুরাতন বন্ধু কৃষ্ণের কাছে এসেছিলেন, কিন্তু যখন তিনি কৃষ্ণের সঙ্গে মিলিত হলেন, তখন আর সেকথা বলতে পারলেননা। কৃষ্ণ কোনও প্রতিদানের আশা ব্যতীতই কুচেলাকে অনেক কিছু দান করেন। তিনি অনুভব করেছিলেন যে, তাঁর মত একজন...
Preventable Diseases Dr Subbarao was really enthusiastic about Kannada literature. I remember him enjoying reading the Pampa Ramayana along with me. He authored a valuable book: “ನಿರೋಧನೀಯ ವ್ಯಾಧಿಗಳು” (Preventable diseases). He’d put in a lot of effort to write it. He worked hard to get pictures drawn and to publish them all in colour. Book was published by the government press. Pictures came from Germany. I remember working on something related...
DuryodhanaLastMoments
Duryodhana was alive catching on to his last few breaths. He had trouble breathing and was being eaten alive by foxes, wolves and other wild animals. He was trying his best to shoo them away and hold on to his last moments. Kṛpa and Aśvatthāmā were touched looking at his sad state. Aśvatthāmā said – ‘O dear king! You are Balarāma’s student! How did that mere cook get a chance to beat you up so much? Time and Fate are very powerful. What kind of...
ಶೇಷಣ್ಣನವರ ಜೀವನದ ಕಡೆಯ ದಶಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದೆರಗಿದ ಆಘಾತವೆಂದರೆ ಅವರ ಧರ್ಮಪತ್ನಿ ಶಾರದಮ್ಮನವರ ವಿಸ್ಮೃತಿರೋಗ. ಎಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲ ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯದ ಹಾಡು, ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ, ಗೀತಗಳನ್ನು ವಾಚೋ ವಿಧೇಯವಾಗಿ ಇರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಅಕ್ಷರವನ್ನೂ ಮಾತನಾಡಲಾಗದಂಥ ಭೀಕರವಿಸ್ಮೃತಿ ಬಂದೆರಗಿತ್ತು. ಅವರಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ದೇಹದ ಮೇಲೆಯೇ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣವಿರುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಟರೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬರುವ ದಾರಿ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅನುದಿನದ ಗೃಹಕೃತ್ಯಗಳಿರಲಿ, ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾದ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಲು ಕೂಡ ಅರಿವಾಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದೊಂದು ಬಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಮಗುವಿನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ. ಇಂಥ...
Creating Happiness I’ve already told that the main aspects of his ingenuity were his wisdom and his conduct. One of his key principles was the prominence he gave to the capability of creating happiness. He wanted to interact with everyone in a way that would gladden them. None of his words have caused bitterness in anyone nor have they tarnished anyone’s image; in essence his policy was to ensure happiness in everyone as far as possible. संतोषं ...
Srinivasa-Sastri
The Lecture at Shankara Mutt Srinivasa Sastri visited Bangalore in about 1909-10 for publicizing the activities of the Servants of India Society. I remember him delivering a talk in the Lecture Hall of the Shankara Mutt (located in today's Chamarajapet, Bangalore) back then. It was a pleasure to listen to his flawless English. The content of his lecture was elevating. He said – “Our attempts at developing the nation needs to be carried out...
DVG and GIPA
The long years of service that DVG rendered variously as the member of the Municipal Council (1915-16), Legislative Council (1927-40), Mysore University Senate (1927-42), Mysore State Reforms Committee (1938-39) and other expert committees was inspired by this selfsame spirit of all-encompassing dedication to the nation. The index finger that shaped and guided his life was the following verse which he used to repeatedly recall: jñāninā caritum...
அநேகமாக சூத்திர (Sūtra) காலத்தில்தான் உபநயனச் சடங்கு முழுதும் ஸ்தாபிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கக்கூடும்.[1] கிருஹ்ய சூத்திரங்களில் (gṛhya-sūtras) அச்சடங்கில் அரங்கேறும் பெரும்பாலான விவரங்கள் குறிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இதனில் கூறப்பட்டுள்ள சடங்கே பிற்கால தர்ம சூத்திரங்களிலும், ஸ்மிருதிக்களிலும் எவ்வித மாற்றமும் இன்றி இடம்பெற்றுள்ளன; இச்சடங்கின் சமூகக் கண்ணோட்டத்தை பரைசாற்றுவதே அவற்றின் முதன்மை நோக்காக அமைந்தது. அநேகமாக இக்காலகட்டத்தில்தான் முதல் மூன்று...
Sauptika
Aśvatthāmā, Kṛpa and Kṛtavarma left Duryodhana and by sunset reached a forest in the vicinity. They fed their horses with water, gulped down sips from a river nearby and rested below a banyan tree. In no time, the Sun went down the horizon and night, like a nurse of the entire world night enveloped the place. The sky that was decked with stars and looked like a saree decorated with flowers. Rākṣasas started roaming around the forest in the...