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Bhava A compelling tale of mystery, passion and spiritual exploration Seventy year old Shastri a reciter of Harikatha, encounters an Ayyappa pilgrim on a train Around the pilgrim s neck is a Sri Chakra amulet which looks like one that belonged to Saroja, Shastri s first wife But Shastri thought he had killed Saroja years before, believing she was pregnant by another man If the amulet is Saroja s, then she might have survived, and the pilgrim Dinakar, a television star could be Shastri s son A similar story is revealed when Dinakar visits his old friend Narayan either could be the father of Prasad, a young man destined for spiritual attainment The interwoven lives of three generations play out variations on the same themes Whose son am I Whose father am I Where are my roots These mysteries of the past and present are explored, but there are no clear answers And while significant in daily being , such questions lose urgency in the flux of becoming bhava means both being and becoming So we are led to consider that samsara the world of illusion and embodiment may not be very different from sunya , the emptiness from which everything arises At times a drama of cruelty and lust, at times a lyrical meditation on love and transformation, Bhava is an exceptional novel by one of India s most celebrated writers Translated from the Kannada by Judith Kroll with the author

About the Author: U.R. Ananthamurthy ಯು. ಆರ್. ಅನ೦ತಮೂರ್ತಿ

Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy was a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement He is the sixth person among eight recipients of the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, the highest literary honor conferred in India In 1998, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India and in 2013, he was nominated for Man Booker International Prize.Ananthamurthy s works have been translated into several Indian and European languages and have been awarded with important literary prizes His main works include Samskara, Bhava, Bharathi Pura, and Avasthe He has written numerous short stories as well Several of his novels and short fictions have been made into movies.Most of Ananthamurthy s literary works deal with psychological aspects of people in different situations, times and circumstances His writings supposedly analyze aspects ranging from challenges and changes faced by Brahmin families of Karnataka to bureaucrats dealing with politics influencing their work.

10 thoughts on “Bhava

  1. Smitha Murthy Smitha Murthy says:

    A writer who shares the same surname as me and whose hometown is also the same And I haven t read his books Sigh UR Ananthamurthy is a giant in Indian literature, but I am a bit late in reading his works Very late The word bhava when derived from Sanskrit means both being and becoming In Bhava Ananthamurthy traces a psychological and at times metaphysical journey into this process of becoming An old man meets a young man on a train Their paths cross Their stories intersect Diff A writer who

  2. Apoorva Apoorva says:

    It has been so long since I read books translated from Kannada Though I m a Kannadiga , my Kannada reading skills are poor and I realized this is somewhat of a shame and I must improve Ananthamurthy had trouble with the translations into English and Judith Kroll has done a commendable job of it The book begins with Shastri who meets a fellow traveler Dinakar in Ayappa attire and offers him kuttavalakki Shastri is a popular man who performs harikatha and Dinakar has made his living acting in It has

  3. Simpy Simpy says:

    ..the book is continuing with a story of threads spread all around, less convincing and then the plot get just over to two persons whom without talking much are affecting each other perception Answers are delayed until the question is no longer relevant..only reason would like to read the book Samskara tattvamasi thou art.

  4. Mick Mick says:

    A mystery novella whose canvas limited to human actions None of the mystery is solved in the novel as each characters in it find the answers for the problems caused by their actions, try to find meaning to their existence and their eventual acceptance.

  5. Chitra Ahanthem Chitra Ahanthem says:

    My head is still reeling after reading U R Anantha Murthy s Bhava, translated from the original Kannada by American poet, essayist and translator Judith Kroll, with the author At 183 pages that includes an Afterword by Judith Kroll that has a critical commentary on Bhava where she links certain themes with the author s other work Samsara and a Notes section that is a littlethan a glossary of terms and phrases used in the book, it is quite a literary work that makes you think and rethi My head is still reeling after rea

  6. Sunset Sunset says:

    A mystery novella whose canvas limited to human actions None of the mystery is solved in the novel as each characters in it find the answers for the problems caused by their actions, try to find meaning to their existence and their eventual acceptance.

  7. Soumyabrata Sarkar Soumyabrata Sarkar says:

    Lost in Translation

  8. Aravind Jayan Aravind Jayan says:


  9. Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read) Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read) says:

    I wish I had read Samskara before this one

  10. Sundarraj Kaushik Sundarraj Kaushik says:

    A story based on rural Karnataka It is about two men trying to find their footing in this world One has apparently killed his first wife and has been living with his mistress and his second wife.The second one who could be his son from the first wife, assuming she had survived the assault and was rescued by her possible lover.Both have a lurking suspicion that above is true, but neither is sure.A decent read.

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