November 2020

Unspirited Functioning Despite all this, the administration showed no increase in its spirit and enthusiasm. I have thought about its reason. In my view, it was the lack of intensity, drive, and spirit of freshness in people, which caused this. Let me quote an example. By nature, Narasinga Rao Purnaiah [i.e. Krishnamurti] was a great person. He was a generous man who carried a serious disposition and was a well-informed reader of books. His eyes...
[Alaṅkāra-śāstra is often called the youngest among Indian sciences. Several factors substantiate this statement. Of them, the fact that Alaṅkāra-śāstra boarded the bus of proliferation just before invasive Islamic hordes acted as a collective contraceptive to prevent the birth of original ideas is perhaps the most important. In this series of articles, H A Vasuki juxtaposes two extreme opposites to great effect – the worst of times producing...
Political acumen, rights and duties of the citizens, answerability of the government, the role of newspapers in protecting the welfare of the people – these things found expression in a hitherto unseen rigour for the first time in Karnataka (the erstwhile Mysore state) during 1928–29. The ‘Ganapati Riots’ of Sultanpet, Bangalore provided the stage for this. The Mysore Government, which looked bereft of political will in the eyes of both the...
As the days went by, Vāsavadattā’s love for the king of the Vatsas increased; her affection and respect towards her parents decreased; she was ready to defy them, then Yaugandharāyaṇa arrived, and making himself visible only to Vatsarāja and Vasantaka, exclaimed, “Mahārāja! Caṇḍamahāsena has deceitfully captured you; he desires to send you home only after getting his daughter married off to you; but if we ourselves abduct her now and go away...
V Seetharamaiah
Heavenly Friendship Masti, Bendre, Gokak, Panje Mangesha Rao, Shivarama Karanth, Rallapalli Anantakrishna Sharma, Adya Rangacharya, K V Iyer, Ka Vem Raghavachar, G P Rajaratnam, M V Sitaramaiah, Padukone Ramananda Rao, Tavaga Bheemasena Rao, Dr. M Shivaram, V M Inamdar – all these renowned scholars and several others had great regard and affection for V Si. Bendre, Gokak, and Masti have written poems about V Si. He had admirers even outside the...
The Nature of the Work The Gītā is simultaneously a simple-difficult work or a difficult-simple work. What does it mean? Words may be simple to understand but the meaning of the sentence is difficult. The part that teaches nīti is simple; the part that establishes philosophy is not. It is thus easy to fall in the trap of thinking that one has understood the Gītā. However, it is hard to realise its essence in one’s mind. Though the language style...
ಲವನು ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ವಾರ್ತೆಯನ್ನರಿತ ರಾಮ ತಾನೇ ಗುಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿಮುನಿಗಳ ಆಶ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಮಗುವಿಗೆ ಜಾತಕರ್ಮಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಲವ ಆ ಬಳಿಕ ದರ್ಭೆಯ ಕೂರ್ಚದಿಂದ ನಿರ್ಮಿತವಾದ ಮಗುವಾಗಿ ಜನಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಇತ್ತ ರಾಮನು ನೂರು ಅಶ್ವಮೇಧಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧವಾದ “ರಾಮರಕ್ಷಾ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ” ದಾಖಲೆಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಈ ಸ್ತುತಿಯು ಬಲಿದ್ವೀಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂಡ ಪ್ರಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದುದು ಗಮನಾರ್ಹ. ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿಯ ಮಾತಿನಂತೆ ಸೀತೆ ಶತಪತ್ರಕಮಲಗಳಿಂದ ಪೂಜಿಸುವ ವ್ರತವೊಂದನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಿರುವ ಹೂಗಳನ್ನು ಲವನು ಅಯೋಧ್ಯೆಯ ಅರಮನೆಯ...
My maternal grandmother Sakamma lived a long and healthy life. Cooking was an integral part of her daily routine. She was also responsible for the safekeeping and storage of the groceries. And she also had to keep the kitchen and the hall neat and tidy. She never took a day off. Like how my chikka tata (grandfather's younger brother) Ramanna took up the responsibility of managing the finances without running away from it, every single day, my...