Archive for the 'RK Narayan' Category

Bellur Ramakrishna’s episodes on Kannadada Kotyadhipati on Suvarna channel

May 24, 2013

RK on KK (link 1)
In this link, you can see my entry to the show ‘Kannadada Kotyadhipati’.
(My entry between 04:03 till 04:50)

RK on KK (link 2)
In this link, you can see me get through the FFF round and on the Hotseat on ‘Kannadada Kotyadhipati’.
(From 0:49:44 till the end)

RK on KK (link 3)
In this link, you can see me sing, whistle and draw on the Hotseat on ‘Kannadada Kotyadhipati’.
(Beginning till 39:02)

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Bellur Ramakrishna on Kannadada Kotyadhipati on Suvarna channel

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Puneeth Rajkumar in Kannadada Kotyadhipati on Suvarna channel

Stamp on RK Narayan released

October 11, 2009

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First Day Cover and Stamp released by India Post in memory of R.K.Narayan. Date Of Issue:-10.10.2009.

The Karnataka Postal Circle, on Saturday released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of legendary writer, novelist R K Narayan.

Good to see that the stamp design team have included Laxman’s cartoons, that so perfectly matched Narayan’s stories.

After reading and seeing the books of Laxman, I got to know that he also illustrated for the stories of his elder brother, RK Narayan. I remembered the serial “Malgudi Days”. One day, I kept seeing the cartoons accompanying a story by Narayan and just as a timepass, read the story. I was really surprised that how the story and the illustration could match so much. I read many other stories by Narayan and saw that the sketches were just perfect for the story. Gradually, I started reading all the short stories, essays, novels and articles written by RK Narayan. I collected all his books and got to know more about him through the ‘Frontline’ magazine, which brought out a special issue on the occasion of Narayan’s 90th birthday in 1996.

By now I was addicted to reading Narayan and seeing Laxman!

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Awaiting November 1, when Dr.Rajkumar’s stamp will be released!

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Letter from an erstwhile RwB reader

May 29, 2008

Dear Ramakrishna,

I am P.Rangachary. I am a retired IAS officer from Chennai and i USED to be an avid reader of your blog for a long time. I used to personally know the sadasivams and later on my brother was an employee of The Hindu and we were lucky to attend a few talks R.K.Narayan gave.

I got hooked on to your blog when i was browsing through the net a few years back and carefully tracked how you were writing. I used to silently read it week after week and enjoy it. But, It has been a long since you have put up a posting here. Why? What happened? For those who want to contribute, they can surely open their own blog. This is not a ayappa swamy Hundi or Dharma sathram nor is it rocket science for them to open their blog. It is not difficult.

This blog is ramblings with bellur and it is for you to ramble and people like me who are fans of yours, to read. The others will learn to ramble on their own blogs. They must learn to. It is an old indian adage to say that ‘the curry in the neighbours house is more tastier’. Similarly you are also getting these other outsiders to blog in your blog. Similarly, I used to be an avid reader of your blog till others started seeping in and the quality of writing and everything came down drastically. I was so disappointed that i decided to stop my weekly dosage of RwB. I have come back here after more then a year and i still don’t see you writing that much.

Pardon my ignorance or arrogance, but i think You have become lazy in the excuse of others contributing. Writing is a sadhana that you have taken up. You must stick to it. If you have any friends who are writers, you ask them and they will tell you how much one needs to be dedicated to a work like writing. I remember a great writer once when asked if someone else could write his books, he replied that the same someone else will also ask him if he could sleep with his wife, take over his property and so on and so forth. If you want to read others writing, you can go to their blogs. People like me (who used to be avid readers and fans of your writing) find it very disappointing to see you not writing. So, it is a kind request to you start again. I am sure you have many wonderful topics to write on. I will wait eagerly for the next posting and hopefully it will be from you.

I am not happy that you have got 3 lakh hits. If only you would have written, you would have 10 lakh by now. Let the other fellows go and write their own blogs. I can see that you are yourself encouraging others to write and contribute. It is not bad, but you will agree with me when i say that, the neighbourhood curry tastes nice, but only ONCE IN A WHILE. Overdosage of it can make you forget your own taste or even make you forget the very art of cooking. This is a sincere request from an old retired man. Do not spoil my fun i used to have , of reading this blog, by allowing others.

I hope you will not take me in the wrong sense. I am like a fatherly person to you. I hope to re-start my weekly reading of your blog and hopefully i will see some more of the exciting material i used to read here.

My regards to your family and your children.

Yours Sincerely
Rangachary
Chennai
India

AOL: Art of Looting

February 4, 2008

While rambling along the blog space today morning, I read a post by music lover ‘Chiroti’ titled India alias Hindustan? and left a comment there. Next, I came across this article The The great great Sri Sri NGO NGO scam scam in Churumuri. It was sheer coincidence that the last portion of my comment and the article in Churumuri were on the same issue.

Bangalore Mirror writes about ‘A Fan & His 5 Heroes’

June 10, 2007


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Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore’s latest tabloid, has an article on yours truly in today’s edition. Sunday Read on Page 10.

Few Book Covers of RK Narayan

October 12, 2006

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Pictures: Opmagazine/ Collage: RK

A few rare book covers of RK Narayan‘s novels and short stories. You will see that a few are repeated as they are from the first and subsequent editions. On some of the Covers, RK Laxman has done the illustrations.

‘Of hero worshippers and fan followings’ by Vijay Sai

October 10, 2006

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Today’s Bangalore Bias, Bangalore’s evening newspaper, carries an article titled Of hero worshippers and fan followings by Vijay Sai in his daily column This and that.

He writes:
His collection is a treasure trove for those who admire the works of these five heroes. I feel very protective about letting everybody know of this collection. But when such good work is being done, why not?.

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100 years of RK Narayan, the master story-teller

October 10, 2006

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Today (Oct.10) is RK Narayan’s 100th birthday. Reading the novels and stories by RK Narayan has been my chief pastime for a long time now. I like reading him because I can easily identify with the characters he has created, be it Swami, Krishna, Chandran and Ramani or Suseela and Savitri or the unassuming Sastri and the innumerable minor characters. After reading and re-reading him, I have found out that some of Narayan’s characters are quite different. Margayya, the ambitious financier in ‘The Financial Expert’, Raju, the ostentatious guide in ‘The Guide’ or Vasu, the rogue taxidermist in ‘The Man-Eater of Malgudi’, are extraordinary characters and yet convincing.

But before I go on (and on and on about Narayan), I want to share with you how I fell in love with Narayan’s writings. Newspapers and magazines have been a part of my life since Primary school. I used to read The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Indian Express, Prajavani, Kannada Prabha, Sudha, Chandamama, to name a few. I also remember reading the long defunct “City Tab”, which came to my home every evening. Before starting to read any article, I would see the pictures and illustrations, cartoons and see if there were any blank spaces in the page where I could draw. I was specially fond of the cartoons. The pocket cartoons by Keshav, BV Ramamurthy and Pran and the cartoon strips in Sudha and Prajavani, “Putani Putti” and “Raman” to be specific, amazed me every week.

I was also wonderstruck to see the illustrations accompanying the title card for the teleserial  “Malgudi Days” by one RK Laxman. They were different from the cartoons I had seen before. They looked so real and natural. I liked them very much and would wait every week to see these cartoons than for the serialised story that followed by some writer called RK Narayan. I liked the serial because it was directed by Shankar Nag, a known face in Kannada homes. The serial also had actors who were popular in Kannada television.

After my tenth exams, myself and Amma went to spend summer vacation in my aunt’s place in Pune. Every morning, I was missing The Hindu and Deccan Herald, Prajavani and Kannada Prabha. I reluctantly used to read The Times of India, which had more pages than the ones I was used to in Bangalore. After seeing it for a few days, I saw that there was a pocket cartoon (and some days, a box cartoon) by RK Laxman under the caption YOU SAID IT. I was excited to see his cartoons everyday. After seeing his cartoons in the title card of teleserial ‘Malgudi Days’, I had been longing to see his drawings. And here I got it! I would sit for hours observing the strokes and the scene depicted in the cartoons. Just a few days before leaving for Bangalore, I sat and cut all the ‘You said it’ cartoons apart from the box cartoons that came in TOI. I came back home and pasted them in a book.

During the visit, I participated in a Cartoon competition and although I never won a prize, I got to meet RK Laxman, who was the Chief Guest for the function. I told him that I was from Bangalore and that I loved his ‘Common Man’. He just smiled and autographed for me.

Few months after my visit to Pune, TOI started their Bangalore edition. I started subscribing to it just for Laxman. I was on cloud nine to see an interview with Laxman by Karan Thapar for a programme on DD-2 in 1993. That was when I got to know what the initials in his name stood for. I managed to record the interview in a audio tape. At school (I did my Plus Two in KVM), I asked my ‘Library miss’ if there was any book of Laxman’s cartoons and she gave me a copy of ‘You Said It – I’. I could not take my eyes off the cartoons. They were so witty and the drawings very attractive, as I had already got used to. I saw on the back cover that there were a ‘You Said it’ series of 7 books. I went to the IBH office and bought the whole series. In later years, I managed to collect many of Laxman’s books. I was just crazy about Laxman, to say the least. I went to second-hand bookshops in the hope to find his books . I bought the copies of ‘Frontline’ which had the sketches of Laxman. I didn’t care to read the story for which he illustrated. The cartoon was my treasure.

After reading and seeing the books of Laxman, I got to know that he also illustrated for the stories of his elder brother, RK Narayan. I remembered the serial “Malgudi Days”. One day, I kept seeing the cartoons accompanying a story by Narayan and just as a timepass, read the story. I was really surprised that how the story and the illustration could match so much. I read many other stories by Narayan and saw that the sketches were just perfect for the story. Gradually, I started reading all the short stories, essays, novels and articles written by RK Narayan. I collected all his books and got to know more about him through the ‘Frontline’ magazine, which brought out a special issue on the occasion of Narayan’s 90th birthday in 1996.

By now I was addicted to reading Narayan and seeing Laxman! As a tribute to RK Narayan, I made a collage and a scrapbook. I showed it to RK Laxman and N Ram (Editor-in-chief, The Hindu, also an RKN and RKL fan), TS Satyan (Photojournalist and classmate of RKL) and TS Nagarajan (Photojournalist), who appreciated my efforts.

Last week, a friend of mine, Vijay Sai, who is a writer himself, gifted me a first edition copy of RK Narayan’s ‘The Guide’. I was on top of the world when I saw that the book had been autographed by Narayan on his visit to New York on 15th November, 1966. This was a priceless gift indeed!

Today (oct.10th) is Narayan’s 100th birthday. Reading the novels and stories by RK Narayan has been my chief pastime for a long time now. I like reading him because I can easily identify with the characters he has created, be it Swami, Krishna, Chandran and Ramani or Suseela and Savitri or the unassuming Sastri and the innumerable minor characters. After reading and re-reading him, I have found out that some of Narayan’s characters are quite different. Margayya, the ambitious financier in ‘The Financial Expert’, Raju, the ostentatious guide in ‘The Guide’ or Vasu, the rogue taxidermist in ‘The Man-Eater of Malgudi’, are extraordinary characters and yet convincing.

One reason that these extraordinary characters appear convincing relates to the prominent  element of the esoteric in these novels. The use of tales from the Hindu mythology, the  teachings of the Bhagavad Geetha, and the austere religious practices and beliefs add strength to the fictional art of RK Narayan. Further more, these kinds of mythic allusions help the reader with a better understanding of that particular character and a deeper insight into human nature. It is in this context that Narayan’s skilful use of myth makes reality more easily comprehensible. As the author Ian Milligan rightly said, novelists like Narayan “continually add to the richness of our human experience; they bring before us new topics, new characters, new attitudes”.

I believe Narayan’s short stories transport you into a totally different world. ‘Malgudi Days’, for instance, has some really short (some are just three pages) and crisply plotted stories. Some of the better stories seem almost like textbook examples of how to write a memorable short story in five hundred words or less: a gesture at characterization and setting, a conflict, and a twist of some kind (often ironic reversal) at the end.

There is a kind of elemental pleasure in reading these stories in close succession, and  watching Narayan people his world with tragic shopkeepers, ethical pickpockets, mean beggars, storytellers, anxious college students, and of course, “The Talkative Man.” For  Narayan, storytelling was deeply concerned with establishing a sense of community, of people completely involved in each other.

Narayan,as we all know, wrote only about Malgudi. By writing from deep within his small shrinking world, he came to acquire an instinctive understanding of it. He developed with it the special intimacy which is sometimes capable of taking the novelist to truths deeper and subtler than those yielded by a more analytical intelligence. It is the unmediated fidelity his novels have to his constricted experience which makes them seem so organic in both their conception and execution, and which also makes him now, remarkably, a more accurate guide to modern India than the intellectually more ambitious writers of recent years.

To all readers of Narayan, as Graham Greene so aptly described, ”Malgudi is a real place with which we have been as familiar as with our own birth place. We know, like the streets of childhood, Market Road, the snuff stalls, the vendors of toothpaste, the Regal Hair Cutting Saloon, the river (Sarayu) and the Railway station”. Add to that the Kabir Street pyols, little temples, treadle printing presses, the Boardless Hotel, Gaffur’s taxi and the reading room, and you see the whole place pulsating with human activity of the kind that is memorable for its ordinariness.

Malgudi is Narayan’s greatest invention wherein he could put in real people, real places in one harmony of day-to-day existence and eccentricity. Every minor and major character of Narayan’s stories fascinates, including the only villain to figure in all his writings, Vasu, the man-eater of Malgudi. Narayan is that supreme alchemist who discovered that the ordinary is the most extraordinary aspect of civilized living. The ‘navarasa’ of human life is not to be seen in cinematic exaggerations or in the blood and gore of modern novels or in the relentless efforts of peddlers of sex and obscenity in the print and audio-visual media, but in good, clean portrayal of life around you.

One cannot fail to appreciate ‘the rainbow magnificence of life’ in Narayan’s novels. It is the ‘miracle of faith’ forged by the use of myth that is enacted in these novels. Despite the use of myth, it is the ‘credible universe’ charged with ‘moral imagination’ that comes to us in all the unforgettable novels written by the ‘grand old man of Malgudi.

There is no doubt that Malgudi will cast a spell and hold the future generations in thrall, long after some of the writers of this generation would have lost their audience.

A Priceless Gift

October 9, 2006

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Pictures: Sanjay M
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A few days ago, my friend, Vijay Sai, gifted me three priceless books. One book that Vijay gave me was The Guide, which I had already read quite a few times. But what makes it special and invaluable is that the book has been autographed by RK Narayan. The autograph, as can be seen in the picture, is dated 15th November, 1966. And it can be seen that Narayan has signed this on his visit to New York. Also, this is a copy from the First edition.

Vijay also gave me two other books: Talkative man and Painter of Signs, both from the first editions. Talkative Man has cartoons by RK Laxman, which the later editions did not have.

Thank you Vijay for the marvellous gifts that you have given me in the Birth Centenary year of RK Narayan, the creator of Malgudi.

(Vijay Sai is a Writer and Research Scholar. He writes for all the major english dailies.)

‘Malgudi Times’ dated October 10, 2005

August 28, 2006

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This is the birth centenary year of RK Narayan. Of all the Indian novelists in English, RK Narayan remains one of the most highly regarded, perhaps the most widely popular, and even the most ‘typically Indian’.

Last year, in September 2005, I designed this front page of an imaginary newspaper ‘Malgudi Times’ on the occasion of RK Narayan’s 99th birth anniversary(Oct.10).

Few authors are remembered more for the place they wrote about than the characters they created. But treating Malgudi as just a place would only indicate literary ignorance of the reader. For Malgudi is also perhaps the most memorable of characters created by Narayan, arguably the Indian author who came closest to getting the Nobel Prize.

RK Narayan weaved a world existing nowhere, but striking a chord of perfect reality with readers across people reading English. His books appeal in a quiet, reassuring way and have remained popular over many decades. His writing is also part of literature coursework in some American universities. Narayan evokes a diction of unusual freshness and rare ingenuity with the English literary idiom.

The greatest point about Narayan’s writing is its use of language. His talent goes beyond mere aptitude with words or a maverick Malgudi.  Narayan stands for the immense flexibility, adaptability and élan of English; he uses the language of Bible, Shakespeare and American Constitution to an amazing effect while dealing in subjects vastly removed. His creatures squat on the floor for meals, wear dhoti with a coat, read the Ramayana, regard mothers as sacred, rebel against fathers, marry for love over money, and aspire for eternal life. The author writes all this without a single footnote, without any discernible twang of the foreign, with a sense of disarming familiarity. Narayan represents the synthesis that is English, a language evolving through the synergy of civilizations, known and unknown; a language in continual quest.

Malgudi lives on. And so does his writing.

Also read:

A fan’s tribute to MS, R.K. Narayan The collection of English, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam articles includes the 1974 Magsaysay Award citation and MS’ response.

BS Ramakrishna’s letter to the editor As I was reading the article, I could not help remembering the late R.K. Narayan, whose educational outlook always differed from those of his elders and well-wishers.

A scrapbook of priceless clippings The most prized item in the scrapbook is a rare picture of the two Rasipuram brothers together. 

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