Bharathipura has 80 ratings and 7 reviews. The obviousness of the novel is embarrassing – URA is a caterer not a writer; he knows he’s catering but doesn’t. Format: Paperback. Bharathipura is an old-fashioned novel, with a captivating story that moves along Flaubertian lines: no pointless side-trips. At the same time, . The novel presents its protagonist Jagannatha in the same mould. The story is set in the town of Bharathipura which is noted for its famous.

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But he was neither, for like any other writer he was only experimenting with ideas. He wants to transform the town by leading the Holeyaru bhararhipura untouchables in the place to the temple.

India’s public transportation network sorely lacks safety measures Opinion. I’m not real to any of them. Sagar BM rated it really liked it Oct 07, But such moments are few and far between.


Manjula rated it it was ok Nov 08, Sincemuch has taken place as far as Dalit emancipation is concerned. He has written such works as Samskarabharathiphra has to his credit collections of short stories and poems that have, at times, added polemical elements to Kannada literature. It is a deeply insightful book, both in the matter of abstract thought as well as the nature of Indian society in reality.

The upper caste people are not happy either.

Bharathipura by U.R. Ananthamurthy ಯು. ಆರ್. ಅನ೦ತಮೂರ್ತಿ

He has also enriched regional literature and made it stand novek a par with Indian writing in English. Back from England, Jagannatha discovers noevl people from the lower caste continue to be debarred from entering the temple of Manjunatha.

Gandhi was the only person who had visited the town without making a visit to Manjunatha. All in all, it is slow but still, an enjoyable read penned by one of the popular Jnanpith awardees. The day before the temple entry he decides to put an end to all this. I went through a similar sensation while reading this particular novel which could rather be called a philosophy treatise.


The people there believed that if Holeyaru dares to enter the bnarathipura, he will spit blood and die.

Return to Book Page. The novel presents its protagonist Jagannatha in the same mould. Srikanth rated it it was amazing May 18, He has written numerous short stories as well. He also wants to impress his girlfriend Margaret that he can also be the tool of change. Lists with This Book. They insert maximum effort to alienate themselves from their caste and to become a part of the upperclassmen.

Oct 07, Jasun Chelat rated it liked it. First published in’Bharathipura’ reveals U. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Manjunath rated it really liked it Nov 08, But don’t attempt to change this country. Bharathipura is named after the town in which it is set. He is a teacher of English who writes in his mother tongue, Kannada.

He uses images and symbols to deconstruct the past, merge it with the present, and then chart a course for the future so as to liberate the Indian way of life from a make-belief world and help it confront the changing realities of the post-Nehruvian era.

Ananthamurthy’s very large cast of characters, and Jagannatha’s wanderings and his exchanges among them make for a fascinating portrait of a specific time and place, and of specific influences — both traditional Indian and relatively modern Western, as in the thinkers and books that play a role here. Bharathipura is a novel full of encounters — with Jagannatha recognizing that often, as in the case with his tenant farmers: Touch plays an important part in the novel as it does in many other stories by Ananthamurthy.

Yet even after independence, the place has retained its attitudes toward untouchability. If we can prove to them how baseless this belief is, I am very sure a different mode of thinking will dawn in the minds of these people.


Diasporic Modernisms Allison Schachter. Ananthamurthy’s works have been translated into several Indian and European languages and have been awarded with important literary prizes.

Needless to say, the community is not thrilled by the idea. Shivaprasad Kerekody rated it liked it Jul 10, The Brahmins thought him to be anti-Brahmin and the progressives thought he was a reactionary.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. But for us who have no knowledge of the language, the translation helps to break the misconception that regional literature is inferior to works written in English. Thursday, 4 May Bharathipura – U.

Inhe received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India and inhe was nom 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.

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Even his mentor and lifelong family friend Sripathi Rao thinks that this attempt won’t make much difference in the general attitude of the society. The novel deals with the sensitive topics of untouchability and caste system in India during the s. India was slowly inching towards modernity brought about by bhatathipura economic forces inside and outside the country during the post-independence era. Equally problematic, the Holeyaru are hard to convince, too. The rigid caste society has taken some knocks over the years as politicians have been forced to try to be more open and inclusive, but in a backwater like Bharathipura that has only gotten so far.