September 2019

tamarind-tree
The Hauteur Such goliathon pastimes of my great grandfather were rather popular. For a subject of the Queen of Scantiness that I was, I sensed pride in every pompous fable that surrounded my great grandfather. At least he got to eat what he wanted. From the aforementioned conversations gleaming with haughtiness, it is quite evident that hauteur was an obvious underlying factor in his administration. Nevertheless, he was famed as a just and a...
South Indian Breakfast
  Note: This is the second of a two-part series of an English translation of D.V. Gundappa's essay titled "Bengalurinalli Hotel Udyamada Arambha," the tenth essay in the volume titled "Hrudaya Sampannaru," in the Jnapaka Chitrashale volumes.    Read Part 1: The Dawn of the Hotel Industry in Bangalore Decamping Before the food arrived to serve our turn, another person entered. My friend poked my elbow and said, “Your elder uncle is arriving.” The...
The Exuberant Play of Upamās (Part 2) In the thirteenth chapter, while explaining the word ‘adambhitva’ (freedom from hypocrisy, sincerity), he says even when a miser has a threat to his life, he doesn’t reveal where he has hidden his wealth; similarly a person should never speak about the good deeds he has done to the other. That is adambhitva. Just as a nasty cow doesn’t let her master milk her and keeps the milk for herself, just as a rich...
Just like Yudhiṣṭhira, the other Pāṇḍavas too spoke provocative words. Listening to their humiliating words, Duryodhana decided to fight the battle and said, “You are too many! You have chariots, weapons, and everything needed for a war. I am all alone! I don’t have anything with me – neither chariots nor weapons. I don’t possess even an armour now. I have been grievously injured. Is it right for a person like me to fight you all? How is that...
ಇಂದಿಗೆ ಸುಮಾರು ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೊಂಬತ್ತು-ಮೂವತ್ತು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ, ಅಂದರೆ ೧೯೮೯-೯೦ರ ಆಸುಪಾಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ರಾಜಾಜಿನಗರನದಲ್ಲಿಯ ಕುಮಾರವ್ಯಾಸಮಂಟಪದ ಯಾವುದೋ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ವೇದಮೂರ್ತಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಶೇಷಣ್ಣಶ್ರೌತಿಗಳನ್ನು ನಾನು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ನೋಡಿದ ನೆನಪು. ಅನಂತರ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪದ ಅಂತರದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣಮಹಾಸಭೆಯ ಹಲಕೆಲವು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಶಂಕರಜಯಂತಿಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಕಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮತ್ತು ಬಳಕೆ ಆದದ್ದು ಶ್ರೀಪರಮಾನಂದಭಾರತೀಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ ಮೊತ್ತಮೊದಲ ಗಾಯತ್ರೀಮಹಾಯಾಗದ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ. ಇದೇ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ...
K.P. Puttanna Shetty was the deputy commissioner of Kolar during 1903-04. On one of those days, K.P Puttanna Shetty inaugurated a library in one of the clubs of Kolar. I listened to the speech he delivered that day. I was a high school student then. Someone had taken me along to this event. His speech may have lasted for about five minutes. It was in English. His choice of words and the emotions hidden in them appealed to my mind. Only so many...
Krishnaraja_Wadiyar_III
Rumāle Śāmabhaṭṭa Now, this Vēṅkaṭaśarma was not one among my ancestors. It was a person named Śāmabhaṭṭa who was my predecessor. A Vedic practitioner by birth, Śāmabhaṭṭa, chose the profession of a Shanbhogue [1]for a livelihood, which brought unto him, an official turban or a roomal, thus earning him the title of Rumāle Śāmabhaṭṭa. Now this title might've been a banter, and very much akin to the case of the esteemed, Chappalli Viśveśvara...
Masala Dosa
Note: This is the first of a two-part series of an English translation of D.V. Gundappa's essay titled "Bengalurinalli Hotel Udyamada Arambha," the tenth essay in the volume titled "Hrudaya Sampannaru," in the Jnapaka Chitrashale volumes.  The first person to establish a hotel in Bangalore was a Brahmana hailing from Mulabagal. His name was Avani Narasinga Rao. Avani is a village about five – six miles from Mulabagal. Avani is also known as...
Sant-Jnaneshwar
Bhakti-Vairāgya (Devotion-Detachment) Jñāneśvara’s school of philosophy broadly aligns with Advaita-vedānta; even so, it is not possible to pigeonhole his ideas to one particular school of thought. In this work, we can see threads of all major Indian darśanas. It would not be incorrect, however, to say that the Jñāneśvarī lays emphasis on Bhakti (devotion) and Vairāgya (detachment). At several places the Jñāneśvarī stresses the inevitability of...