ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿ ನವೋದಯ ರಾಜತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ, ತತ್ವಜ್ಞಾನಿ, ಬರಹಗಾರ. ಇಟಲಿಯ ಫ್ಲಾರೆನ್ಸ್ ನಗರದ ಬಡಕುಟುಂಬದಲ್ಲಿ 1469ರಲ್ಲಿ ಜನಿಸಿದ ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿ ತನ್ನ 21ನೆಯ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಫ್ಲಾರೆಂಟೈನ್ ಪ್ರಾಂತ್ಯದ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ರಂಗ ಪ್ರವೇಶಿಸಿದ. ಫ್ಲಾರೆನ್ಸಿನ ಆಡಳಿತಕ್ಕೆ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಬೇಹುಗಾರಿಕೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಒದಗಿಸುವುದು ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿಯ ಹೊಣೆಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅಧಿಕಾರದ ಗಳಿಕೆ, ಬಳಕೆ ಮತ್ತು ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಪ್ರಪಂಚಕ್ಕೇ ಅನ್ವಯವಾಗಬಲ್ಲಂತಹ ಮಾರ್ಮಿಕವಾದ ಬೃಹತ್ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸ ಅವನೊಳಗೆ ರೂಪುಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲೇ ಫ್ಲಾರೆನ್ಸ್ ಗಣರಾಜ್ಯ ಪತನಗೊಂಡಿತು. ರಾಜಕುಟುಂಬದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಪಿತೂರಿಯ ಆರೋಪಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗಿ ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಭ್ರಷ್ಟನಾಗಬೇಕಾಯಿತು. ತನ್ನ ಜೀವಿತದ ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳನ್ನು ಬರವಣಿಗೆಗೆ ಮೀಸಲಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದ ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿ ಐವತ್ತೆಂಟನೆಯ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂದರೆ 1527ರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಧಿವಶನಾದ. 1532ರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಚ್ಚು ಕಂಡ ಅವನ `ಪ್ರಿನ್ಸಿಪೆ’, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷಿನಲ್ಲಿ `ದ ಪ್ರಿನ್ಸ್ ‘ ಆಗಿ 1640ರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಧಿಕೃತವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಕಟಗೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಯುರೋಪಿನ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯೊಳಗೆಯೇ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ವದಂತಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಒಳಗಾಗಿದ್ದ `ಪ್ರಿನ್ಸಿಪೆ’, `ದ ಪ್ರಿನ್ಸ್ ‘ ಆಗಿ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಟೀಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಲೇ ಇದೆ. ಮೆಖೈವಲ್ಲಿ `ಆಧುನಿಕ ರಾಜತಂತ್ರದ ಜನಕ’ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಗ್ಗಳಿಕೆಗೆ ಪಾತ್ರನಾಗಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಅವನನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ಕರ್ತೃ ಕೌಟಿಲ್ಯನೊಡನೆ ಹೋಲಿಸುವ ವಾಡಿಕೆ ಇದೆ. ಇದು ಎಷ್ಟು ಸಮಂಜಸ ಎಂಬುದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ ಪ್ರಾಜ್ಞರ ನಡುವೆ ಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸೆಯಿದೆ.
Makkala Padya Manjiri
Makkala Padyamanjiri a book of poems for children by Sri Kayyara Kinhanna Rai. Most of the Kannadigas have growth up reading poetry by Shri Kayyara as the poems reached out to people of all backgrounds ? rural or urban, rich or poor. They are also popular among the grown-ups as the childhood memories are hidden in these poems and make readers nostalgic as they read. The present book with illustrations drawn by the artist Prasad Rao G makes the reading more interesting. It?s ideally the 50th publication of MUP brought out in the centenary year of the great poet, writer Kayyara.
The Other Face
Author: Na Mogasale 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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Akka Mahadevi, the questioning poet-saint
This book presents the mystical ruminations and literary excellence of Akka Mahadevi, the earliest example of a gender-liberated woman writer, credited with the composition of over four hundred and forty remarkably self-explorative Vachanas. Akka Mahadevi represents a powerfully authentic female voice of the radical, egalitarian Sharana Movement, which questioned the socially established barrier between genders and ushered in a world of socio-cultural equality.
In this book, the author explores the questioning spirit intrinsic to Akka Mahadevi’s life and writings, as she questions the widely held conventional norms: the traditional husband-wife relationship, her parents, elders; she questions Basavanna and Allama for their habituated patriarchal manner of speaking, and she bravely questions her personal deity whom she loves and adores. Apart from discerning a credible ‘history’ and background to Akka’s works, this book makes available a rendition of her selectively profound and memorable Vachana in modern English, that crosses the ?the gulf of language and the gulf of time.
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.
A Bond So Sacred
A Bond So Sacred tells the story of Raman, a satyagrahi, who adopts Kokila, an orphan. He leaves the five year old in the care of his mother while he plunges into the freedom struggle. His nationalist fervour, however, clashes with his love for Amina, his charming neighbour who wants parental approval to their marriage. Raman’s mother is as staunch a Brahmin as Amina’s father is a Muslim. Will Raman be able to get their consent? The joy of India becoming an independent nation is marred by Gandhiji’s death. Raman’s fellow satyagrahis have gone their ways and he finds himself with no role to play in a rapidly changing country. Meanwhile, Kokila, his protégée, has her own battles to fight. As the years bring them together again, Kokila discovers truths about Raman that she would never have imagined. She is forced to confront the ghosts of the past, his and hers.
If we meet again we shall smile
People leave our lives. Some simply walk away from our world while some leave this world altogether. Through visuals, poetry and short stories, the author has a dialogue with the reader that takes them both through a journey full of characters that are no more, and yet have shaped the story. This fictional dialogue is a short trip down memory lane that visits the relationships one keeps hidden beneath.
Anushua Chakrabarti, originally from Kolkata, is a wandering minstrel. She lives on travel and music. Anushua has completed her MBA from TAPMI, Manipal, India, post which she worked in top technology brands like HP and Microsoft. She is presently back in Kolkata, driving social service through her acquired experience. Anushua has faced several childhood traumas but she believes she is what she is today, not in spite of it; but because of it.
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.
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.