A Writer and a Public Intellectual
Sailen Routray
THE ESSENTIAL U. R. ANANTHAMURTHY by Edited by N. Manu Chakravarthy and Chandan Gowda Aleph Book Company, 2023, 298 pp., INR 899
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

In Ananthamurthy’s ancestral village in Karnataka, where he spent a significant part of his childhood and adolescence, the house had a front yard. It was essentially a raised platform under a roof made up of the kind of country tiles that were known locally as Mangalore tiles. It was a space occupied by his father and other men. The conversations here dealt with the affairs of the world. It was a place suffused with his father’s authority, which drew from his self-taught competence in Kannada, Sanskrit and English.

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