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  • Sudharshana

    Editor: Adyanadka Krishna Bhat

    Sudarshana, a Felicitation Volume honoring the legendary Dr T. M.  A. Pai on his 80th birthday, is a fascinating work that offers a deep dive into the captivating history, politics, geography, culture, and art of the former South Canara District. With a plethora of insights and perspectives, this volume is an absolute treasure trove for anyone seeking to unlock the secrets of this region. It is worth noting that this district was eventually divided into two – South Canara and Udupi in 1999. The volume is a compendium of scholarly articles written by leading scholars drawn from a wide range of fields in South Canara and Karnataka.  These articles represent the forefront of academic inquiry and offer valuable insights into the complexities and nuances of the region.

    The story goes that when Dr. T. M. A. Pai was approached by his admirers to publish a book about him, he advised them to publish a book with articles pertaining to richness of contemporary South Kanara. Hence, emerged the compendium-Sudarshana. The chosen title of the volume, Sudarshana, embodies the essence of sublimity that characterizes the remarkable persona of Dr T. M. A Pai. His life is governed by a profound philosophy that served as a guiding light in all his endeavors.

    The book was initially edited by Prof Adyanadka Krisha Bhat and published by Vijaya College trust, Mulky in 1977. On the occasion of the 125th birthday of the founder of modern Manipal, Dr T.M. A Pai, the book is being republished by Manipal Universal Press.

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  • The Wisdom Behind Surgical Aphorisms
    What the masters tell us

    This book aims to accomplish the following goals:

    – To provide timely advice to surgeons both young and old in times of clinical dilemma

    – To reiterate the well-established principles of clinical surgery like meticulous history taking, diligent examination, and keen observation

    – To reassure budding surgeons that apprehension and self-doubt are not new and can be overcome by perseverance

    – To warn the younger generation that the basic principles like a thorough knowledge of anatomy have not become obsolete with the advent of technology

    – Above all, to emphasize that surgery is as much an art as it is science and is a vocation that is fulfilling in the truest sense

    Hands-on training in clinical skills is being increasingly neglected. The advent of competitive MCQ-based exams to gain entry into postgraduate training has made young medical graduates more intent on collecting facts than skills. Hence, young surgeons of today are ill-prepared to face the real world filled with uncertainties. This book is written primarily to guide these young and unsure surgeons, through the fatherly advice contained in the aphorisms. Of course, the wisdom behind the aphorisms is timeless and could be inculcated by the young and the old alike.

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  • Changing Times, Shifting Norms: My Reflections

    Acharya Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya’s autobiography Marutunna Samaajam – Na Gnapakaalu, written in Telugu, is a significant document reflecting on eventful nine decades in India’s history. Venkatarangaiya bears witness to a society in transition and offers astute commentary on the state of India’s politics and history. He was a towering luminary of his generation and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1968. His contribution to society, especially in the field of education was exemplary. A new translation of this work into English by his grandson Venkata Ramana Alladi will be important for the present generation to learn how the early and mid 20th century society transformed at the confluence of tradition and modernity.

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  • Life and Art of K K Hebbar

    K K Hebbar was a trailblazer in Indian art. His contributions to modern Indian art as an artist, teacher, and art administrator are unparalleled. What is ?Indian? in modern Indian art has been a subject of discussion since the beginning of the modernist movement. Hebbar?s oeuvre is an answer to that question. It is modern and yet, intensely Indian, both in terms of subjects and treatment. Hebbar remained rooted in his native soil. His line drawings are a treasure of Indian art. No one has surpassed them in their delicacy and lyricism. This biography is Mr Bhat?s affectionate account of his friend Hebbar?s life and art. The strength of Hebbar?s character comes through in his narration. Integrity and self-discipline were Hebbar?s defining qualities. Arguably, the man was greater than his work. And that makes his story intriguing. This biography of a major artist is a welcome addition to the meagre literature on Indian artists.

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  • Bhagavantana Kandammagalu

    ಅನುಪೂರ್ವಾ ಒಲ್ಲದ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಿಂದ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಭಾರತಕ್ಕೆ ಬರಬೇಕಾಯಿತು. ಕಲಾಶಿಕ್ಷಕಿಯಾಗಿ ಅಲ್ಲವಳ ಜೀವನ ಸುವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಿತವಾಗಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಭಾರತಕ್ಕೆ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗಿದ ನಂತರ ಅವಳ ಬದುಕು ಆಮೂಲಾಗ್ರವಾಗಿ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಬಹುದೆಂದು ಅವಳು ಕನಸು-ಮನಸಲ್ಲೂ ಎಣಿಸಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಅವಳ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಗೆಳತಿಯೊಬ್ಬಳು ಸೆರೆಬ್ರಲ್ ಪಾಲ್ಸಿ (ಮೆದುಳಿನ ಲಕ್ವ)ಯಿಂದ ಬಳಲುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಶಾಲೆ ‘ಆಶಾಜ್ಯೋತಿ’ಯ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದಳು. ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪಕಾಲ ಆರ್ಟ್ ಟೀಚರ್ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ಅವಕಾಶವೂ ದೊರೆಯಿತು. ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿಸುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ, ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಬಣ್ಣ ತುಂಬಬೇಕು ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ಅಲ್ಲಿಯ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಡಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದಳು. ಆದರೆ ಆ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಅವಳಿಗರಿವಿಲ್ಲದಂತೆ ಗೆಳೆತನದ, ಪ್ರೇಮದ, ನಗುವಿನ, ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಮಿಗಿಲಾಗಿ ರೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಹೋರಾಡುವ ಪಾಠ ಅರ್ಥಾತ್ ಬದುಕಿನ ವಾಸ್ತವಿಕತೆಯ ಪಾಠ ಕಲಿಸಬಹುದೆಂದು ಅವಳಿಗೇನು ಗೊತ್ತಿತ್ತು! ಹೊರಜಗತ್ತು ಅವರನ್ನು ಶಾರೀರಿಕ ಅಥವಾ ಮಾನಸಿಕ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ದುರ್ಬಲರೆಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿ! ಆದರೆ ಅವರ ಅಂತರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನನ್ನಾದರೂ ಸಾಧಿಸಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಅಪಾರ ಕ್ಷಮತೆ ಅಡಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಅವಳ ಅರಿವಿನ ಕ್ಷಿತಿಜವನ್ನೇ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಿತು. ಅನುಪೂರ್ವಾ ಮತ್ತಾರೂ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಸ್ವಯಂ ಲೇಖಕಿಯೇ! ಈ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಅಂತರಂಗದ ಪುಟಗಳನ್ನು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹತ್ತಿರದಿಂದ ನೋಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ; ತಿಳಿದಿದ್ದಾರೆ; ಮತ್ತದನ್ನು ಶಬ್ದಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೋಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಒಂದು ರೋಚಕವಾದ ಕಥೆ ಒಡಿಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ದೇಬಶಿಶು’ವಾಗಿದ್ದುದು, ಅಜಯ್ ಪಟ್ನಾಯಕ್‌ರು ಅದನ್ನು ‘ದೇವಶಿಶು’ ವಾಗಿ ಹಿಂದಿಗೆ ಅನುವಾದಿಸಿದರು. ಆ ಹಿಂದಿ ಅನುವಾದವು ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಕಾಶನದಿಂದ ಪ್ರಕಟಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಈ ಕೃತಿಯು ಬಿಕ್ರಮ್ ಕೆ. ದಾಸ್‌ರಿಂದ ‘Children of Better God’ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಂಗ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಗೂ ಅನುವಾದಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಇದೀಗ ‘ಭಗವಂತನ ಕಂದಮ್ಮಗಳು’ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಓದುಗರ ಮುಂದಿದೆ.

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  • Lady Lokasundari Raman: Her Early Life and Times

    Lady Lokasundari Raman was a charismatic person in her own right, as well as a devoted helpmate to her scientist-husband, Sir C V Raman. The book traces her early life in Madurai, Chennai and Calcutta, and we get a glimpse of the role of a young woman in the early decades of the twentieth century as she went forward bearing the many responsibilities of an extended family. This biography brings to light details of an unconventional wedding that had to be postponed due to societal pressures and an unconventional marriage between two great individuals.

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  • Mukha Mudre – Kyamaradalli Kannada Sahitigalu

    ಪೋರ್ಟ್ರೇಟ್ ಅಂದರೆ ಕೇವಲ ಭಾವಚಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಅದೊಂದು ‘ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಭಾವಚಿತ್ರ’ ಅಥವಾ ‘ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವ ಚಿತ್ರ’ ಎನ್ನುವ ಮುಕುಂದರ ನಿಲುವು ಈ ಛಾಯಾಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂರ್ತವಾಗಿ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಯ ಮುಖವೇ ಅವನ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವದ ಸಮರ್ಪಕ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರಬಲವಾದ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಹಾಗೂ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸಗಳನ್ನು ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಮುಕುಂದರು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸಂಯಮದಿಂದ ಏಕಾಗ್ರತೆಯಿಂದ ಕಾದು ಸೆರೆಹಿಡಿದ ‘ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಕ್ಷಣ’ಗಳಿಂದಾಗಿ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಭಾವಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಏಕಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಅಧಿಕೃತತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಆಪ್ತತೆ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಿವೆ. ಇಂತಹ ‘ಫೋಟೋ ಪುಸ್ತಕ’ವೊಂದು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲು

  • Puttakkana Highway

    ಪುಸ್ತಕವು ಮೂಲ ಕಥೆಯಿಂದ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ವಿಜೇತ ದೃಶ್ಯ ಚಿಕಿತ್ಸೆಯಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಗೊಂಡ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಂತರ ಸ್ಕ್ರಿಪ್ಟ್, ವಿಮರ್ಶೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಪದ ರೂಪಕ್ಕೆ ತಿರುಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಂಶೋಧಕರಿಗೆ, ಇದು ಪದಗಳಿಂದ ಸ್ಕ್ರಿಪ್ಟ್‌ಗೆ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪದಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗುವ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಕಲಿಕೆಯ ಅನುಭವವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ರಸಿಕರಿಗೆ ಇದು ಕಥೆಯು ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರವಾಗಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಹೊರಹೊಮ್ಮುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ ರಿಂಗ್‌ಸೈಡ್ ನೋಟವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಅರ್ಥಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಜ್ಞರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಾನವ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ, ಇದು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ಹೊಸ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕದಲ್ಲಿ “ಪುಟ್ಟಕ್ಕನ ಹೈವೇ” ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರದ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಅಲ್ಲದೆ , ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ಬಂದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆಗಳು, ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ನಡೆದ ಸಂವಾದದ ವಿವರಗಳು, ಚಿತ್ರದ ಡಿವಿಡಿ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗತಿಹಳ್ಳಿ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಅವರ ಮೂಲಕಥೆ “ಪುಟ್ಟಕ್ಕನ ಮೆಡಿಕಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜ್” ಸಹ ಇದೆ.

  • Autobiography of a Surgeon

    This is an interesting and a vivid account of life by an accomplished surgeon with his first-hand knowledge of medicine and the rich experience gathered over the years. The narrative is almost like a self-portrait by an artist. Author?s exceptional journey from a young lad in an agrarian family to a celebrated doctor-teacher, not only documents his personal life but that of medical and surgical history of about five decades in this region.

  • Reliving the memories of an Indian forester: Memoir of S Shyam Sunder retold by Shiv Someshwar

    Shyam Sunder?s education, in Mangalore and later in Madras, followed a course predestined for entry in to the forest service. In the Madras Presidency of the early 1950s, selection to a Class I government post was highly coveted, as well as restricted by numerous fences of exclusion. However, he succeeded due to several unusual events he narrates vividly in this memoir. One of his early forestry mentors cautioned, ?Shyam Sunder, you?ll either go very far or will lose your way. I advise you to be careful.? As a researcher, forest administrator, and later as head of the forest department, he always chose to do what felt right. Inexplicably, that hastened success throughout his career. Except for a short period of two years, when he lost most of his hair thanks to a despondent boss, Shyam Sunder?s career was a ?dream come true.? With the affection of 10,000 staff, full support of the chief ministers he served under, and ample confidence of the government, Shyam Sunder made Karnataka a model state for forestry in India. He retired in 1989 as the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.Shyam Sunder loved Jerome K. Jerome?s Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the dog), due to the similarity between the trip depicted in the book, up and down the Thames, and his own career. In both cases, life was interesting while not always smooth whether it was protecting forests in the Western Ghats from insatiable societal demands, working with ministers intent on getting their way, or striving to achieve conservation goals while being part of a labyrinthine bureaucracy. Under his leadership, partnering with a staff of ten thousand officials, the forest department of Karnataka became the envy of departments across the country. Shyam Sunder?s memoir is a series of vignettes, from numerous comedic to a tragic few. The life narrated is varied and never short of excitement ? being ten yards from a charging tusker or a foot away from a King Cobra; defying orders of the chief minister; being hauled up for contempt of the high court, and discussing with Indira Gandhi the best way to eat avocados. Possessed of wit and passion, the narration lays bare the hubris of popular discourse on noble forest livelihoods, and unflinchingly narrates neglect of rural communities, as well as of forests, at times by the callous imposition of rules and regulations.

  • Just a few pages: Some Memories of Saraswati Bai Rajwade

    This book is a coming together of two women writers of modern Kannada literature; one from its early period, the other, a contemporary. Saraswati Bai Rajwade, the early writer, became a fable, a mythology, leaving behind only the shadows of her writing. Vaidehi, the contemporary writer, reinvents Rajwade from the folds of history and gives her a life in the present. Saraswati Bai Rajwade was born into a poor family in the Dakshina Kannada of yore. By chance, she stepped into theatre and later into films. But all the glory that came to her unexpectedly, vanished just as suddenly. She later became the wife of a rich and high official, travelled abroad and underwent immense suffering. In her pain and loneliness, she took to books and also began to write and attained glory as a writer. In the last years of her life, she returned to a life of austerity and anonymity. Vaidehi has collected bits and pieces from her life and writing, presenting before us a unique tapestry. In this tapestry, Vaidehi?s perceptions criss-cross with Rajwade?s life and writing. Art does not reside in the object, but in its close encounter with life. This work unfolds before us as a grand illustration of such twin narratives.

  • Uncharted: My Journey into the Himalayas

    Ganesh Nayak found his calling in something totally out of the box. He developed an interest in cycling and quit his earlier job to cycle around India. His attempt to focus on health and fitness ultimately transformed into solo expeditions, as he wheeled his bicycle into Srinagar, and further went on to cover Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nepal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, the gruelling mountain circuits in the Himalayas, the Ring Road in Iceland, the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. During the travels he was chased by monkeys, saw snow leopards and met similar spontaneous travellers. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal. Apart from a Master?s degree in Digital Electronics he has also earned a diploma in Outdoor Education from National Outdoor Leadership School, USA. His research interest is in the field of Outdoor Education. When he is not preparing for his next bicycle tour, he is facilitating outdoor experiences to inculcate leadership and environmental stewardship amongst his students at MIT, Manipal.

  • Tilo’s Troops- Handiwork of a Primatologist in Vietnam

    In 1993, Tilo Nadler, an ageing German welder turned air-conditioning engineer, photographer, filmmaker and self-made biologist arrived in Vietnam for training foresters in Cuc Phuong National Park to secure the Park from poachers, hunters and vandals. Within two months, he is tasked with the care of two confiscated sub adult male Delacour?s langurs, a rare, endemic and critically endangered primate species. This book narrates Tilo?s story to start-up a world class rehabilitation centre for endangered primates against all odds in Vietnam. This book celebrates two possibilities. First, endangered primates are given a new lease of life at Endangered Primates Rescue Centre (EPRC) after their rescue from sordid conditions and joined-up with other survivors in captivity before their final release into appropriate habitat to establish troops. Second, the raising of troops or foot soldiers groomed by Tilo in the art and science of primate rehabilitation. Tilo?s abiding passion is to make both his troops gain a foothold in Vietnam.

  • Retro India

    Retro India is, in essence, a trip down the memory lane, meandering through the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties of the twentieth century. Today?s youth would battle with the fact that India had experienced a sweeping change from what it was in just as recently as thirty years ago. What kind of a moribund economy could engender a continuing state of shortages, high inflation, low growth, a paucity of jobs, rampant smuggling, and a foreign exchange situation that was perpetually perilous! It took major political and economical transformations to remove the shackles that then bound the economy. This narrative provides a clear bridge between the then and now for the younger generations. And for the older reader, it provides a heap of nostalgia. In the latter half of the twentieth century, the changes in India have been vast and comprehensive. In these decades, economic indicators such as India?s growth in GDP rate, the proliferation of the number of Airlines in the Indian skies, the multiplying of car models, the flourishing of telephone connections and moving on to the world of mobiles, televisions going colour from black and white to operating with over a thousand channels, India turning digital, and so on clearly directs that India had taken a crucial turn in its history. India has changed. And how! The Indian consumer grins. This is notwithstanding the fact that poverty is endemic and the gulf between the rich and the poor

  • Colours of the Rainbow

    The author, through Colours of the Rainbow, tells us that everyone is destined for his/her own rainbow with a pot of gold at the other end if, one has a will, works hard on it, and with a little bit of luck. The book narrates the dream journey of a village boy.

  • Geoffrey Bawa – A Conscious Perception

    This book is all about giving the readers a peek view into the life of Geoffrey Bawa; Sri Lanka?s most famous architect. aA book that reveals an insight into his work through his most famous projects accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. Alluring and simply authentic, these self-narrative illustrations are a result of personal experience. This book will give readers an understanding of how successfully Geoffrey Bawa had inculcated spaces, vistas, and landscape with that of the built environment bringing about a touch of Modern Tropism and fusing it together with the rich culture and traditions of Sri Lanka.