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  • U-Turn

    The Marathi play. U-Turn has won millions of hearts with more than 585 shows across Maharashtra and beyond. Its translation in Gujarathi has seen more than 115 shows and the one in Hindi over 50 shows. This success encouraged Prof Neeta Inamdar to take up the translation of this work in Kannada with the support of Mrs Savita Sastri. The play has only two characters throughout and has a couple of voices other than the two who are on the stage for the entire duration. The central idea of the play is the differences in the acceptance of modernity and the conflicts associated with this in two different generations. A companionship between a divorced army Major and a widow both in their late 50s is resisted by their children and expressed in different ways though they embrace modernity for themselves. Neeta Inamdar is the Head at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal University (MU) and the Chief Editor of Manipal University Press (MUP). Music and theatre are her interests that made her take up this work with the assistance of Mrs Savita Sastri. Savita Sastri is a woman entrepreneur from Manipal, who also facilitates funds for Baba Amte?s Anandavana. She is a voracious reader of books and plays in Marathi, Hindi and English, who extended her support towards this translation project.

  • Kathana Bharathi

    Kathana Bharathi is a collection of twenty literary critical essays on modern classics written in various Indian languages viz., Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Guajarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi and Urdu. Indian authors discussed in the book include the popular writers like Alok Bhalla, Amrita Pritam, Begum Roquia Sakhawat Hussain, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Bhisham Sahni, Chandrashekhara Kambara, Girish Raghunath Karnad, Gopinath Mohanty, Janaki Srinivasa Murthy (Vaidehi), Kamala Surayya, Kota Shivaram Karanth, Laxman Mane, Mahasweta Devi, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Munshi Premchand, Pannalal Nanalal Patel, Rabindranath Tagore, Saadat Hasan Manto, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy and Yashpal. The twenty literary critical essays review, introduce, discuss and interpret their selected writings. These articles examine how the great Indian writers have reacted and responded to their time and space in the last one hundred and fifty years. Colonial experience, the trauma of partition and the socio political developments of the post-independence era have found expression in the form of powerful narratives and metaphors in the writings of these writers. T P Ashoka?s Kathana Bharathi is a critique of these writings. These studies in modern Indian literature are valuable contribution to modern Indian literary criticism. The book provides an interesting reading not only to students of literature, researchers and teachers but also appeals to the general readers.

  • 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.

  • Kannada Theatre History 1850-1950: A Sourcebook

    This source book on Kannada theatre history is a valuable contribution to the larger field of Indian Theatre Studies. Avoiding the shortcuts of an overview or a Wikipedia-like assemblage of information, it delves into the lives, histories, struggles, debates and anecdotes surrounding some of the most pioneering figures in the shaping of Kannada theatre between 1850-1950. The selection of primary sources, most of which are being made available in English for the first time, is nothing short of a revelation in the way it illuminates insights into the actual making and thinking of theatre practice. Here we have a model of how the construct of ?Indian Theatre? can be textured, inflected, individuated and problematized at regional, local and intracultural levels. ? Rustom Bharucha .This book is a labour of love by scholars who not only love Kannada theatre, but want to pass on their enjoyment of it. Delving deep into folklore oral history, local history, gossip debate and discourse, the editors bring out the world of Kannada theatres in pluralistic terms. Scholarship and playfulness combine to create a powerful act of storytelling where the book itself mimics the career of Kannada theatre. As an anthology it becomes an initiation rite, an introduction to all the great figures, not as hagiography but as nuanced analysis. Big questions and little questions combine to create both a sense of combativeness and a wonderful feeling of homecoming. Like tricksters, they break the binaries of tradition and modernity, treating it almost like a bad play which needs new scripts and new performers. A wonderful anthology. A deeply desi book, with all the cosmopolitanism of world theatre. ? Shiv Visvanathan

  • A Handful of Sesame

    With a captivating start, A Handful of Sesame plunges us into the heart of the dying years of the 1857 mutiny. But the mutiny is largely a backdrop to the novel. When Kamalanabh of Kashi is manipulated by an impoverished Brahmin of Navalgund into marrying his daughter, the novel becomes basically the story of an internal migration. This is rare, and it remains one of the strengths of the novel. We are so used to speaking of migration across the postcolonial bridge and accredited national borders that we forget that India is a country of endless internal migrations – in the past and the present.

  • Anurakte

    There are many rags-to-riches stories around the city of Mumbai. However, here is a story of transformation of a woman and her true self in the city of dreams. Set in Mangalore and Mumbai of the late 1940s, Anurakte ? The Enamoured is an elegantly written story of a woman and her changing worldview over a period of time. Sumithra, a young woman with ordinary dreams and aspirations, comes to the then Bombay in search of livelihood. Little did she know that her experiences in the city and her zest for an independent life would transform her into a different person. She breaks the shell and resolves not to look back. The book is a poignant tale of love, loss, betrayal, family, relationships and traditions. The culturescape of Mumbai beautifully intertwines with her dreams. It is as much a story of the vibrancy of Mumbai as it is about Sumithra?s journey towards freedom.

  • Bamonn

    Konkani Roman Catholic Christians were converted from other groups by Goan Missionaries long back, keeping the caste system tradition to a large extent in layers such as the Bamonn, the Charodi, the Gawdi, the Nendar, the Shudra, etc. At the time of marriages and other social gatherings they continue to consider caste system norms and customs in the community. Caste system in Indian Christians is vividly described in the novel Bamonn. Christopher Pai of Kalyanpura hails from a Bamonn family and takes great pride in his ancestry. He believes in the stories about his Konkani Roman Catholic ancestors from his elders and about their being true Christians, holding on to their faith despite tremendous pressure to convert to Islam during Tipu Sultan?s regime. He also believes Bamonns are superior to other Christians in the community. After retiring from his job of a Headmaster, he refuels his obsession to retrace his roots and find out the truth about his ancestors. In his journey of self-assurance and faith, will he succeed in his mission to convince his family, his children and the community at large of his glorious ancestry and in still pride in the next generation? . . .

  • Swapnasaraswatha

    Swapna Saraswatha is the saga of migration of a community called Saraswaths in the west coast of India, extending from Goa to the south of Mangalore. It captures the dominance of a colonial power over the region that began with the entry of the Portuguese about four hundred years ago. The novel is a graphic description of the displacement of this strongly-rooted community which saw its resurrection in a new area. In the course of its narrative, the novel traces the gradual changes in the structure of the family that moved from a closely knit joint family of the bygone era to the nuclear family. It also deals with the factors that are responsible for the change in value systems of individuals in the wake of such paradigm shifts. With its vast canvas, it remarkably weaves fiction with myth and history, peppered with cultural details and linguistic nuances. The narration in Swapna Saraswatha progresses in the form of an epic detailing the story of nine generations spread over a period of two hundred and fifty years from 1510 to about 1760. It encompasses more than a hundred and fifty characters which include Hindus, Muslims, Christians, chieftains, traders, farmers, priests and black magicians, and covers a range of themes spread across folk tales, legends, armies, myths and a sprinkling of history.

  • 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.

  • Defiance

    Defiance is a captivating tale of the march of globalization and its impact on the lives and times of the Santher Guthu family in Ombathkere, a village located between Mangaluru and Kasaragodu. Set in the picturesque Malabar coast of Karnataka in the late 20th Century, the novel takes the reader through four generations of the family. Ambakke, the protagonist, along with her brother Sankappa Hegde, the third-generation descendants of the family form the lifeblood of this story of human relationships in the midst of time and change. The novel is born out of deep contemplation of a community in the face of transition. There is anxiety that grips this part of Karnataka in the wake of modernity. The vast canvas of the novel and the depiction of folk culture provides a unique touch to the saga of the community. Defiance is a novel about traditions and the fear of losing out to modernity. It is about change and the desire to remain rooted.

  • Educational Philosophy of Dr S Radhakrishnan

    Educational Philosophy of Dr S Radhakrishnan effectively presents Radhakrishnan?s thoughts, highlighting their relevance to the present day. The author has at length discussed Indian Philosophy in comparison with the Western thought and successfully established that the East-West synthesis as propagated by Radhakrishnan is the need of the hour. The readers will also get an account of Radhakrishnan?s life story in the backdrop of the political history of pre and post-Independent India. This book is Dr V N Deshpande?s posthumous publication.

  • Pot of Butter and other short stories by Sunanda Belgaumkar

    Pot of Butter and other Short Stories is a collection of nine short stories, originally composed by Sunanda Belgaumkar in Kannada, handpicked and translated from her collections ? Kajjaya and Koduvudenu Kombudenu. The bulk of her literary work including the stories in this book are inspired by the experiences in her early life, in the rustic and robust atmosphere of Dharwad. Her stories are predominantly semiautobiographical, laced with a liberal dose of artistic freedom.

    This collection weaves together her writings on the underprivileged and marginalized as seen from the comfort of her palatial home, but rendered with compassion and empathy. Often, we find her narrative infused with self-directed questions such as, ?What if I was in her shoes?? or ?Could that have been me?? These stories are reflections on human nature, suffering, and destiny. There is hope, there is despair. There is love, there is longing. There is defeat, and there is triumph. In her stories, an oft-recurring metaphor for picking up one?s life after loss is a scorching summer followed by a torrential downpour and subsequently a plant springing to life.

    As a translation, this book attempts to introduce Sunanda Belgaumkar?s literary and artistic creations to the non-Kannada reader, retaining as much of the indigenous elements of the original writings as possible. In doing so, it seeks to preserve the cultural climate of North Karnataka as it was around fifty years ago.

  • Journalism and Journalism Education in Developing Countries

    Free and fair media are at the heart of any democratic set up. A thriving field of journalism and zealous and ethical journalists in that sense become torch bearers of a brighter and promising tomorrow. In this light, the status of journalists, the most important actors in the field becomes increasingly important as a matter of study. They act as gatekeepers of information that is flooding in the era of new media, a wave that is not so new anymore. Their roles remain intact and even becomes prominent in the chaos of many-to-many communication.
    Not concentrating on specific countries, selected contributions in the book reflect on the developments of media and journalism education across different countries. Introducing the book with an overview about the state-of-the-art of journalism education and the research on a meta level, the book moves on to talk about media studies in the Asian countries and in Arab world, the African States and Brazil.
    The recent economic and social developments present both opportunities and risks for journalism. Freedom of expression and freedom of press, even in democratic countries, are under pressure. This book provides an international perspective on the different aspects of journalism ? the situation in which journalists work, their working conditions, educational backgrounds, struggles and successes. It is aimed at an international public interested in the field of journalism and freedom of speech. It addresses journalists, trainers and academics. Furthermore, institutions in the field of development cooperation, education or cultural policy and cultural education are the focus of this work. Though the book is focused on journalism and journalism education in developing countries, contributions are from across the globe. This book is an interesting read for all those who care about a vital media landscape and an open democratic society.

  • The Noblest Fallen: Making and Unmaking of Bhagat Singh’s Political Thought

    The Noblest Fallen: Making and Unmaking of Bhagat Singh?s Political Thought puts forth a different approach to the politics of India?s quintessential revolutionary, Bhagat Singh, by probing into his constantly evolving revolutionary rhetoric and interrogating the various shifts in his ideological framework over the years. This book also attempts to understand how it was possible for Bhagat Singh to evolve and change when revolution often necessitated political actions, which were at many times considered violent and by extension immutable, by close reading the corpus of writings left behind by Bhagat Singh after his death.

  • Post Googlism and Other Short Stories

    This collection of short stories is for the fast-paced millennials, whom the author calls ?The Post Googlist Generation? who want everything hastily, at their finger-tips and on the go. The language has also shrunk in size to allow the pace. The world-view of this generation is that what cannot be done through an app cannot and should not be done. Their expectations of a story are a striking start, a quickly built middle and an interesting end. Stories in the collection seek to meet these expectations of this generation talking to them in their own language. They also echo the changing lives and changing aspirations of the time.

  • 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.

  • A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal 3rd Edition

    The third edition of A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal documents 260 species of birds observed in Manipal since 2009. It is more concise and informative than the previous editions, covers more species and has up-to-date maps and documentation notes. This edition also comes with a waterproof quick-ID guide for easy use in the field, as well as bird sounds. Ramit Singal is a former student of Manipal Institute of Technology. He founded the Manipal Birders’ Club and authored the first and second editions of this book. In the past, he has been associated with Centre for Wildlife Studies and Nature Conservation Foundation as well as a number of short-term projects across the country. He enjoys spreading the love for birds amongst others and has been working with bird-related citizen science projects over the past few years.

  • Sati Kamale

    This eponymous novel is centred on Kamale, who is an embodiment of wifely virtue. For fifteen long years Kamale lives the life of a widow to the outside world, nurturing the hopes of reuniting with the husband one day. Alone in the room, each night she wears her marks of a married woman with the dagger gifted by Umesha next to her. It could be seen as an exposition on the then existing indigenous discourse in India in the 19th century and early 20th century. Kamale, in her rigorous commitment and in retrieving her husband from ?death?, is fashioned after Savithri in an intertextual reference to Mahabharata?s episode of ?Satyavan and Savithri?. The novel might look conservative for the present-day reader, but it is a representative literary work of the time when Paniyadi, among many others, wanted to regain the independent status of the Tulu language which had somehow slipped out of its pedestal.

  • 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

  • The Other Face

    Author:   Translator: N T Bhat

    Set in a fictitious village called Kanthapura in Kasaragod district, Mukhāntara spans across the life of seven generations of a Havyaka Brahmin family. A story about the realities of living in a society marked by caste distinctions, the desire to find communal harmony and the tribulations of the characters through the entirety of the novel, it is also a tale of changing times and people. After unexpectedly coming into possession of a huge portion of land, Thirumalēshwara Bhat of Īshwarīmūle becomes a satisfied man. But childless, Thirumalēshwara Bhat and his wife Pārvathakka decide to adopt Venkappaiah and also give shelter to his widowed mother, Rathnamma. Venkappaiah is to inherit Thirumalēshwara’s vast wealth but when Krishnaiah, the illegitimate child of Thirumalēshwara and Rathnamma is born, rivalry ensues. Through the overlapping narratives of the characters, we get a glimpse into their journey from tradition to modernity. The characters strive to reshape new values when old values are slowly questioned and erased as they move on and are swept along in the waves of globalization.

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  • Bhāratīya Trikoṇamiti Śāstra

    Indian Trigonometry was developed as a powerful mathematical tool for Siddh?ntic Astronomy. The book, Bh?rat?ya Triko?amiti ??stra (Hindu Trigonometry) deals with all the relevant topics of Indian trigonometry, including trigonometrical identities and other formulas, trigonometrical tables, methods of interpolation and trigonometrical series, etc. The subject matter is discussed in eleven chapters divided into 80 sections and 50 sub-sections, involving translations of 250 verses spread over in 38 classical Sanskrit works and based on 42 research articles published in 16 research journals. By including material of the late ?ryabha?a School or Kerala ?ryabha?a School, the author has made the book comprehensive and up-to-date. Indeed, the book is fascinating and significant. It is a definite contribution in the study of the history of Indian mathematics. The book is the English version of the Kannada book of the same title.

  • A Shrine for Sarasamma

    A Shrine for Sarasamma is the English translation of Sarasammana Samadhi written by K Shivarama Karanth in 1937, in his early thirties. It offers one of the most authentic and searing accounts of Indian womanhood, which consistently, and through the ages, has suffered deep anguish, humiliation and crushing insult from the oppressive patriarchal culture prevalent in all parts of India and among all castes and classes. The novel is a classic in Kannada and the English translation is an attempt to bring to the English reading audience a taste of the regional classic.

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  • Dhvani and Epiphany: Essays in Criticism (12 Essays)

    Dhvani and Epiphany examines the work of major Indian poets like Nissim Ezekiel and Arun Kolatkar; the struggle of young poets to find an audience; and the art of fiction. But its main focus is on the nature of creativity. How does an artist communicate his meaning? What makes a work genuinely creative? Through a sensitive exploration of poetry ? ranging from the simple poems of a child, Poorna Prajna, to the complex ?Byzantium Poems? of Yeats ? the first seven essays try to show how a poem comes to life when it speaks to us and we listen to its dhvani and respond. Even in fiction, it is not all realism. There is irony in exploring the paradoxical nature of reality; events taking on symbolic overtones; and epiphany, moments of illumination and insights ? when surprising correspondences are seen. Writers cannot surprise and delight their audience if they themselves are not surprised and delighted by such insights.