10 Jan Samskara is one of the acknowledged masterpieces of modern world literature, a book to set beside Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and. 14 Dec U.R. Ananthamurthy, in A.K Ramanujan’s translation from the Kannada, tries to Samskara—the compulsory rite given to Brahmins at their. 20 Mar With sympathy and ruthlessness, U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel Samskara gives shape to the mutinies that raged within mid-century India.

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Remembering U. R. Ananthamurthy : Samskara | Ramlal Agarwal

Paperbackpages. He even invited Muslim friends to the agrahara and openly consumed alcohol and non-vegetarian food so as to insult the other Brahmins. There are set rules of performing these rites prescribed by Hindu Sastras. In an interview the author gave on the thirtieth anniversary of Samskara’s publication, the author reveals what many readers had already concluded: There is the protagonist in Praneshacharya – the best of men, the perfect brahmin – the antagonist in Naranappa – fiercely anti-Brahminical – and the rest who are all “good” brahmins but all with their own vices.

Praneshacharya, on the other hand, cannot enjoy anything in the Melige town. This page was last edited on 18 Mayat Oct 30, Arathi Mohan rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 07, Stuti rated it liked it.

Within this simple construct and pages are great scenes, touching soliloquies, and some gnarly pranks. But very soon he falls in our esteem because he is not able to take any decision regarding the barial of Naranappa. Several of his novels and short fictions have been made into movies.

The word samskara means ritual in the Kannada language. He became a child, a beloved, a mother. Shivananda Yashavanth Bhat Vilas K.

No matter how much we read or learn, the eternal ananfhamurthy that claims to render understanding about every situation and ensures answers to every possible question remains nothing ssamskara an illusion, which when shatters brings out a whole new set of predicaments. Putta and Praneshacharya met each other for the first time on the forest path between Durvasapura and Melige. Ananthamurthy might have crafted in the eamskara version.


Even a cup of coffee cannot ananthamyrthy enjoyed because he fears that it might be impure with lower-caste contact. Praneschacharya, in his forty years of life, has never experienced intercourse with a woman. The risks to public health outweigh religious scruples: His only desire was to get rid of Putta. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The main character’s feelings of confusion and alienation were enough to thoroughly upset and disorient me as I was reading it; walking home from work, I got very upset by trash on the sidewalk in front of my home and thought guiltily, this is because I’m neglecting my role as caretaker.

All are totally conditioned by tradition and circumstance. The central theme of the book is that when societies fail to understand and interpret Dharma, in the samskata of the t After reading this book, I can fully understand why this book created such a controversy at the time it was released. His writings supposedly analyze aspects ranging from challenges and changes faced by Brahmin families of Karnataka to bureaucrats dealing with politics influencing their work.

I came to know when I read the first paragraph of the translator’s note that it was first published inbut then when I turned the last page, I was perplexed.

I had to read his work and decide for myself what I felt about him anwnthamurthy if I needed to have opinions that are so strong.

The Brahmins are left in a piquant situation because, according to Brahmin principles, a person who dies should be cremated as early as possible. For the Brahmin hero in Ananthamurty’s story, the answer is found in the bittersweet reality of form and passion as he gives When all that you believe and have studied and treasured for decades fails to answer your most desperate plea for help and guidance, what happens next?


Putta embodies all of the worldly experiences that Praneschacharya has worked so hard in his life to avoid.

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Praneshacharya’s contemplations are of relevance to all of us. The Brahmins did not want to do the last rites of Naranappa because they were afraid that the guru at Shringeri might excommunicate them for burying a heretic. The story can also be seen as portraying and thereby questioning the brahminical rituals and way of living, the caste system, rural village life.

Anyway, I feel better, but Samskara? I enjoyed this book. He is mesmerised by her beauty and when he wakes up in the middle of the night, he finds himself lying on Chandri’s lap.

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I remembered, that Vijay Tendulkar faced a similar acerbic criticism, when he had written, on similar lines against Bhrahmin Orthodoxy in Ghashiram Kotwal. So he refused to direct the Brahmins in the issue of the burial.

Samskaraa Sanskrit word, in many ways is the perfect title for this amazing book. This announcement causes an immediate conflict over the performance of the death rites for this blasphemous man whom they continued to allow to live among them. Having led his life in a very specific way for most of his life and looked up to by everyone his life is shattered after sqmskara encounter with Chandri.