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

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