Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ವಂಶ ವೃಕ್ಷ - ಎಸ್. ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪ.

 Vamshavriksha - Spanning three generations and varied nuances of thought and feeling, Vamshavriksha portrays the moral dilemmas that erupt in a small tradition-bound town in Karnataka when long established social patterns are questioned in the name of the individual fulfilment. At the vortex of this upheaval is Katyayani who transgresses the taboos against widow remarriage, jeopardising her relationship with her son and linking together the destiny of two emotionally scarred families that are striving to preserve their integrity and their lineage. Vamshavriksha is a sensitive exploration of love and loss, tragedy and triumph, interwoven with spiritual, historical and cultural insights. The film version of this much-acclaimed novel won the prestigious Swarna Kamal award.
The characters Shrinivasa Shrotri, Katyayini, Sadashiva Rao, Nagalakshmi, Karunaratne and Bhageerathamma are simply marvellous. The situations when Katyayini coming to ask for her son, Researcher Sadashiva Rao's death on the laps of Nagalakshmi and much more simply heart-touching.
Bhyrappa leaves an impression on the readers not only about the book, but also about the culture, values and beliefs of our tradition. The book was written in one month from 17/4/62 to 18/5/62.

ಬದುಕಿನ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ, ಸಂಕೀರ್ಣ, ನೆಲೆಗಳ ಆಳಕ್ಕಿಳಿದು ಪ್ರಖರವಾದ ವೈಚಾರಿಕ, ತಾತ್ವಿಕ, ಮಾನವೀಯ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂವೇದನಾಶೀಲತೆಯಿಂದ ಶೋಧಿಸುವ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ "ವಂಶ ವೃಕ್ಷ".  ಹಿಂದಿ, ಮರಾಠಿ, ಗುಜರಾತಿ, ತೆಲುಗು, ಉರ್ದು, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಮೊದಲಾಗಿ ಹಲವು ಭಾಷೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನುವಾದಿತವಾಗಿ ಭಾರತದ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಥ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಗಳೊಂದು ಎಂಬ ಮನ್ನಣೆಯನ್ನು ಗಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಬದುಕಿನ ಬೇರುಗಳನ್ನು ಶೋಧಿಸುವ ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಓದುವುದೇ ಒಂದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಅನುಭವ.  
Wed, 29 Feb 2012


Shubha's daughter, Lahari, now five and half years and in UKG at Alpine Public School, at ISRO Lay out at Bangalore were having their school function on Saturday, 25th Feb. Parents, grandparents were invited and we also attended.
 Raghu with Lahari in a running race
Children's exciting games and competitions, dance presentations, and competitions for parents and grandparents also. There was participation from us...... just for fun. ... The program starting at 10 am was over by 12.30pm.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hogenakkal Waterfalls

Location :
Hogenakkal is located on the Karnataka – Tamil Nadu border. It lies at the distance of 114 km from Salem and 133 km from Bangalore on not so good road via Dankankotta and Anchetty and 178 km via Rayapetta on a better road.. Hogenakkal waterfalls are the part of river Kaveri and is about 250 meters above the sea level. It is one of the beautiful places in the state. When the water hits the rocks a fine cool spray rises, that is the reason these rocks have been given the name 'Smoking Rock'. The best time to visit the Hogenakkal waterfall is between mid July to mid August when the water is at its peak. During this season water level rises from 20- 30 feet more. Hogenakkal falls are not the single waterfall but the series of waterfalls.
Taking a bath in the waterfalls of Hogenakkal is considered as extremely beneficial for the health. It is so because of the widely grown herbal plants in the nearby areas. The place is widely known for the curative power of its water.

A visit to the Hogenakkal waterfalls is incomplete without taking a ride in the waterproof basket boats (Teppa) covered in buffalo hide or plastic stretched over light-weight wicker frames. These are among the oldest water crafts in the world. The boats man steer the boats through the rapids of rising water giving you the thrilling experience. You can also engage on photography of the beautiful surrounding areas while taking the boat ride. Enjoy the full flow of the water and the fantastic view of the waterfalls from the boat.
There were 11 people in the trip in two cars, Santro and Verna. Shubha, Raghu, Lahari...... Suma Naveena Bhat,..... Harsha, Anshman, Vijetha, and of course.... Nalini, Jayarama and Rishi..... That was a very pleasant, excellent weekend trip. Though it was tiring, it was exhilarating. Left at 8am and reached Shubha's house at 8 pm.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

ನಾಯಿ ನೆರಳು - ಎಸ್. ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪ.

Naayi Neralu - Both dog and shadow are the symbols of our Karma, which follows us through all our rebirths. A young boy remembers what was in his previous life and on exploration a town is discovered and a family was found corresponding to his descriptions. Then a middle aged widow and a son who were the boy’s son and wife in previous life. The widow accepts him as her husband but the boy rejects him. It is a Para -psychological novel exploring psychological and social depths of the characters and society.

ದೃಶ್ಯ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಒಂದು ವಾಸ್ತವ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿಯೂ ಕೂಡಾ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇರೊಂದು ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನೇ ದರ್ಶಿಸುವಂತೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿರುವ ಪ್ರತೀಕಗಳು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸಫ಼ಲವಾಗಿ ಅರ್ಥ ಸ್ಥರಗಳ ಒಂದು ಸೌಧವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ವಾಸ್ತವ ಶೈಲಿಯ ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟತೆಯಿಂದಲೇ ಪುರಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗದ ಅತೀತತೆಯನ್ನು ಆಧುನಿಕ ಯುಗದ ಲೇಖಕರು ಮುಟ್ಟಬಹುದೆಂಬುದನ್ನು ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರು ಈ ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಧಿಸಿ ತೋರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

The characters in the novel Kshetrapala-Vishweshwara, Venkamma-Nanjamma, Achchannayya, Puttannayya, Jogayya, Achuta, are marvellous and keeps you holding to the book.

Thursday, 16 Feb 2012


It was on the occasion of Dr. Mohan starting his new medical facility at Mahalakshmi Layout, Bangalore. His clinic in Dubai started in 1986, is still working, and he decided to relocate to Bangalore recently. "Dr Mohan's MedPlus" is the new facility, which will be functional in a month's time.He had arranged DHANWANTARI homa for the blessings from almighty for his new facility on 12 Feb, where we attended the event. After the poornahuthi, lunch was arranged at his residence.
Dr. Mohan had been a family friend, since we were also in Dubai since that time. He was the President of Karnataka Sangha, Dubai in 1990, when I was the Gen. Secretary and it was a successful year with lot of cultural and other programs.
Satyavathi, his wife and Hari, Doctor and Nandu, architect,  their children, are now working in Bangalore, Hari is married with a son Ishan, clever, naughty boy.
Hope to have continued good relationship with this wonderful family. God Bless.
Mon 13 Feb 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012


Sudhaker Rao Pejavar, long time family friend, way back in 1986, in Dubai, had time to visit us at Birthi Mane, at Bhuvaneshwarinagara, Hebbal, recently. He and wife, Latha, on a short visit to Bangalore from Dubai, were happy to meet us here. It was a pleasant time, recapitulating the memories, progress made by Brahmana Samaja, Dubai, and the rest of the developments in Dubai and the friends.
They had some tiffin with us and left for their apartment in Banashankari, near Devegowda Petrol bunk.

Thur, 9th Feb.2012 

Sunday, February 5, 2012


That was wedding reception at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore,  relation of Shubha/Raghu....... high funda, ultra rich, flambouyant, arrangement. The whole thing must have planned by event management, with so many chandeliers, huge hall, stage for wedding couple to usher guests and well wishers, another stage for entertainment group for singing and dancing, and a large number of eateries,....... you name it...... you have it......
All kinds of henna, tattoos, still poses, photographer from GK Vales for group photos, astrologers, numerologists, face readers, and so many more......

It was more or less like a festival or jaatre..........
Sunday, 1.1.2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

ಗ್ರಹಣ - ಎಸ್.ಎಲ್.ಬೈರಪ್ಪ

The novel written by S L Byrappa almost 40 years ago still has meaning and issues to think about. The aggressive narration of events by the author is simply marvellous. One will be just involved with flow of events and gives a feeling of you are one witnessing the situation. The belief of people in an unknown person, regarded as Swamy, sent from God to take care of the well being and welfare of people.
In the process Byrappa brings out so many issues which people believe, and the reason for it and not to believe and also the reason for it. Quote from the book:

ತೋರಿಕೆ- ವಾಸ್ತವತೆ, ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯ- ಹೊಸ ದೃಷ್ಟಿ, ಸತ್ಯ -ಅಸತ್ಯಗಳು, ದಿಕ್ಕು ತಪ್ಪಿಸುವಂತೆ ಒಂದರೊಳಗೊಂದು ಹೆಣೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತವೆ. ಇವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಪರಸ್ಪರ ಪೂರಕವಾದ ಸಂಕೇತಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿ ಈ ಕೃತಿಯ ಆಳ ಎತ್ತರಗಳನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಿವೆ. ಜೀವನದ ಹಲವು ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳು ಈ ಕಿರುಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿವೆ.
Fundamental question of life..... Caste, belief, God, Dhrama, love, sex, marriage, sanyasi, temple, mutt, peetha etc  ........ sensitivities have been brought out superbly.
Hats off to Byrappa for his narrative style.

Grahana is the veiling of truth by untruth, a Sanyasi unveiling his self of superstition.
Sun, Feb 5, 2012