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ತಂತು ➹ ತಂತು Free ➯ Author S.L. Bhyrappa – Tantu is a saga of post independence India depicted through the main character a journalist The novel starts with the news of theft of an ancient idol of Goddess Saraswati from a Hoysala temple The jo Tantu is a saga of post independence India depicted through the main character a journalist The novel starts with the news of theft of an ancient idol of Goddess Saraswati from a Hoysala temple The journalist visits the place which incidentally happens to be his ancestral town The canvas of the novel encompasses almost the whole of India and most of the spheres like education communal politics business political corruption and destruction of traditional moral values The novel ends with the clamping of the so called Emergency by Indira Gandhi in .

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  1. Ashish Iyer Ashish Iyer says:

    What a massive 1236 pages book I have read This one took than 1 month I am a fan of this writer I have read another book of his 'Aavarana' which is my favorite The story start from post Independence till disaster of emergency announced by Indira Gandhi So many characters are there This kind of book is hard to review The story revolves around a news paper editor and his family and friends This book have many characters like gandhian ideology feminist musician corrupted policeman caste supporting their own caste So many dimension i can relate it to so many people How govt try to control everything from common man to newspaper Bureaucracy was so corrupted at every level and failure of license raj system which was introduced by Nehru We inherited education system from the British which was completely lacking in Indian thought and sensibilities resulting lack of character building This book also show how Congress govt send everyone to jail if they don’t work according to them You can read through individual’s perspective of character Each and every story are interlinked This book is a battle amonsgt honesty bravery cunningness illicit relations upbringing kids money meditation music school govt politics politicians journalism etcTantu is an epic commentary on the all pervasive decline of post independence India culminating with the EmergencyMust read

  2. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    PhewBought paying a fortune Started with great enthusiasm Finally disappointingA saga of post independent India told via the lives of a few individuals good and badAll the pests that affect the independent India are shown in their stark contrast corruption wastage patriarchy narrow mindedness middle class aspirations trying to achieve the greatRavindra a forthright journalist his wife Kanthi who doesn't have as lofty ideals as him their son Anup form the crux of the story along with a few support characters like Annaiah and HonnatiThe story takes place over a couple of decades and is set in Karnataka and Delhi With a small interlude in VaranasiRead like an Indian soap opera with lots of Indira bashing no probs as I am not a fan of that lady The ending was disappointing than the beginning The middle part was the most enticing with my natural peeping Tomedness towards interpersonal relationships Wouldn't highly recommend it as one of the author's better worksPS was a BR with Aravind and Goraband eagerly waiting to discuss with them

  3. Gorab Jain Gorab Jain says:

    Read this over a period of 5 months and overall could not enjoy as much as I could have Why it was pickedGot to know about the author 2 3 years back from colleagues during a discussion on Mahabharata Even though I couldn’t pick courage to read Parva yet intimidated by its volume tried a few of his books and I'm totally impressed Aavarna Mandra BhittiThen one fine day chanced upon another colleague in a different org discussing Indian regional books in general and evolving into a discussion on SLB He happened to be a devout reader of SLB and uoted Tantu being his favorite read by SLB Again intimidated by its size passed it at once but somehow the curiosity on whats so special about Tantu kept tugging my thoughts Add to it the excitement on exploring the Hindi translation over the English one Plus there were friends ready to do a BR for thisWhat went wellCharacter development for most characters Ravindra Kanthi Honnati Anoop Sheetal AnnayyaJournalism parts about the illegal mining foreign correspondence struggles during emergencyExploring a wide range Gandhian ideology bureaucracy corruption Turmoil and conflicts in a strained marital relationshipSwaying of Anoop's character to polar extremesKnowhow on scripture texts moulding students with a sense of service building up an institute from scratchTranslation The Hindi translation rocks Had so much fun that planning to read Hindi editions of his other booksWhat didn't go so wellFailed as a complete package too many stretched dull parts in betweenPublishing uality Even though the translation couldn't have been better holding the book was a big letdownOverallNon boring and very much readable Recommended if you have the patience and perseverance

  4. A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove says:

    Finally done with the 1236 pages This was a snapshot of Indian society in the early 1970s and in some ways it reminded me of “A Suitable Boy” which was of a similar length and described society in the early 1950s But the similarities end thereThe reason is that Bhyrappa has a straightforward hard hitting writing style that has none of the charm and insights of Vikram Seth And we are so used to corruption the book’s focus in its various forms that nothing in the book surprises or is food for thought Maybe the book is outdated now Also the central character Ravindra was an extreme moralist and sometimes felt angry at him And the other negative was that Bhyrappa seemed to be a soft patriarch On the positive side one of the subplots showing the evolution of Anniah’s Vivekananda Vidyashala was really good Also the book was written in a lucid language and was a fast read Whenever Bhyrappa commented on history mythology or philosophy he was awesome But these moments hardly formed 1% of the bookThis was my 5th book by Bhyrappa and the one I liked the least

  5. Pradeep T Pradeep T says:

    Excellent book One is really hard pressed for words to describe such books The story captures all the essence of a typical Indian Family than that this book certainly makes the readers to think about their personal lives as wellAn honest news paper editor that likes to imbibe the good principles and thoughts in his son At the same time a mother who is not really worried for honesty ethics or morals as such who directly or indirectly responsible for her son to grow as a nutcase The entire story takes place in the era of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her dictator style of working that impacts the free honest and brave journalism in India Author had brilliantly exposed such misdeeds by combining in this fiction storyAlong with this there is a school that runs on the pricnicples laid down by Mahatma Gandhi by a group of people that do not have any family attachments Author had imagined brilliantly and showed us the readers about how this school has been captured by the higher class intellects and turned into a money making institution He left no stones unturned while exposing the ill motivated govrrnment actions that damaged this school in a large scaleThis book is huge one will get to read the various facets of stories There is a story of a person who left his high paying job and starts to learn music and eventually loses his interests in everything Author had brilliantly portrayed the modern Indian youth that has least love for the Country and how people want to get out of the country to other western countires As a typical Bhyrappa books even this book has stories on illegal relationships and their effects on family and society the governmental bribery agencies etc etcOverall a must read book and it leaves this impression among the readers which is short of words to explain

  6. Aniket Patil Aniket Patil says:

    SL Bhyrappa is an eminent writer I like the way he develops the story Initially I found this book very big and boring I read Marathi version of this book My feeling was it could have been smaller too much description of characters daily life was unnecessary however as story moves ahead one gets to taste different flavours Different ideologies different aspects of life as well as society His way of looking at society is good After so long I read book with such a huge size I normally read 300 380 page books This was 876 pages Such books needs patience So I advice all of those who are fast paced readers and love uick books as well as those with 300 380 range should choose this one if you have time Those who are new readers please don't pick this one directly let some time pass reading other smaller books then come to this one Overall it was a good read for me

  7. Rohit Joshi Rohit Joshi says:

    Translated in Marathi by Dr Uma V KulkarniA novel with a very large canvas in terms of characters demographics and ideologies Most of the story happens in Karnataka and DelhiThis novel talks about a period just before the emergency declared by Indira Gandhi the main character is Ravindra an idealistic journalist his opportunistic wife and their son with the backdrop of Indian politics and society at that timeWhat I like most about this novel is the writer does not take one side in dual of different ideologies his characters trust and endorse their thinking and by that reader's thoughts are provokedIn the end he directly criticises the Indira Gandhi and the bureaucracy from that era but that is also very balanced and not in a prejudicial manner A must read

  8. Shreedhar Bhat Shreedhar Bhat says:

    Absolutely loved the way the authour never preaches and gives justification and clarifications for the character's actions thereby letting the reader figure what is right for them

  9. Avanish K Avanish K says:

    Must read for emissaries of the 'Grand old party'

  10. S Ashok S Ashok says:

    The announcement of Emergency in Independent India was one of the darkest hours of Indian Democracy It is a culmination of the decade long decline of idealism in all forms of life in Independent India The time of the freedom movement was a period of great Idealism and hope Millions of men lived for such lofty ideals sacrificed their whole lives for the idea of Independent India Once Independence arrived the system of governance that came into existence was something which was completely dependent on the bureaucracy which was interested in survival rather than nation building The satyagraha workers were sidelined as the rule was centralized and had no room for the ideals of Gandhian Decentralization Hence India was ruled by a bureaucracy and politicians working over them As the idealism of the early years withered the revolutionary zeal that was achieved during the independence was lost completely This novel is a record of this loss in idealism The novel reflects this loss in multiple layersObviously the functioning of the government the License uote raj system which promoted corruption at all levels and resulted in economic stagnation In addition it also reflects this on the personal lives of the people the lives of everyday human beings who crave for power and material benefits where common decency is killed everyday In addition to the loss of idealism this novel laments the other fundamental theme of the novel is the complete loss of authenticity and Indian tradition in all lives post independenceEspecially in the education system we inherited from the British was completely lacking in Indian thought and sensibilities Resulting system could only produce people who are interested only in the economic affluence that modern education rather than character building which education had to promoteThe novel is brilliant in a sense it realistically captures the pettiness of the upper middle class bureaucracy Especially the culture associated with Delhi based bureaucracy who relish in tax payer money with lavish parties and the way corruption is normalised in this system of over governanceIt also captures the utter lack of ideals and the depression that anyone with a sense of idealism has to suffer at every step with the careless bureaucracy and corrupt politiciansClassic case is the suffering meted out to Anaiah whose only mistake is to yearn for an education which is Indian thought This utter hopelessness is the very characteristic which this novel portrays over and over in independent India Gandhi keeps coming back in this novel as a sad remembrance to the reader and as a clown in the curses of Kanti the suave and sophisticated Delhi based women She is the wife of Ravindra the central character of the novel who is idealistic and hence unable to earn the money that Kanti wants him to Kanti leaves Ravindra and becomes a garment exporter yearning lakhs of rupees It is through the personal lives and the seeming contradiction between them we see this duality getting played The idealistic Ravindra and the seemingly pragmatic and opportunistic Kanti representing the existential modernism going at each other is a classic philosophical debate of 20th century In this sense Bhyrappa has put forth a critiue of the modernistic thought and the lonely death Kanti suffers is what Bhyrappa should have felt about the loneliness of existentialismInspite of the external situation we see people still inspired not loosing hope as the karma yogi defined in Bagavat Gita fighting the lonely battle on the side of idealism Even though the novel seem to end at the announcement of the emergency its message is one of the duty against the modernism rooted in existentialism

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