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  1. Anirudh Karnick Anirudh Karnick says:

    URA is an unnecessarily obvious writer of ideas and Bharathipura reads as though it has been written for somebody to write a thesis on 'Tradition and Modernity in URA's Fiction' The obviousness of the novel is embarrassing URA is a caterer not a writer; he knows he's catering but doesn't put it into the novel He hides it behind his award winning smiles

  2. Appu Appu says:

    Bharathipura is U R Ananthamurthy's most ambitious novel His aim was to explain India's social and economic backwardness Nothing less Although the novel is set in a small town in the South Canara region the name Ananthamurthy gives to the fictional town leaves no one in doubt that he sees Bharathipura as a microcosm for India Ananthamurthy's protagonist is Jagannatha a progressive liberal landlord On returning to Bharathipura after his higher education in London he sees his home town trapped in a time warp The town is dominated by the temple of Manjunatha The temple trust is closely connected to Jagannatha's family The Dalits holeyaru still physically remove the night soil of the town They are denied entry into the temple on the ground that Bhootharaya the local Dalit God a subordinate of Manjunatha as per legends does not approve There is extreme caste and class disparities Jagan is convinced that unless he destroys the spell of religion there can be no progress He announces that he would lead the Holeyaru to the temple of Manjunatha He believes that this shock therapy would set off a creative process and would bring change to the townJagan however does not get any support not even from the Holeyaru whom he is supposed to be helping Only accomplices he attracts are a few opportunistic politicians from the nearby city of Mysore As the date for the temple entry approaches opposition mounts The settlement of the Holeyaru is burned down Jagan's decision to make the Holeyaru touch the idol of his family deity unleashes a domestic storm On the eve of temple entry something unexpected happens Ganesha Bhatta temple priest's son and an admirer of Jagan who is fed up with his ritual ridden life overturns the linga of the God and throws it into the river As a result the temple entry turns out to be a damp suib The town celebrates Ganesha as the agent of Bhootharaya who prevented the defilement of Manjunatha The build up of the novel places Ananthamurthy suarely in the modernist camp He seems to suggest that unless traditions and religion are overturned society cannot progress But the final twist in the novel suggests that in India the hold of tradition is so strong that it can accommodate even revolutionary tendencies If the course Indian history has taken is any indication Ananthamurthy's fears have been vindicated As we enter the 3rd decade of the 21st century the hold of religion and tradition are stronger than ever Even the highly educated wallow in neo traditionalism Even as Dalit assertion is gaining ground religious and caste obscurantism are tightening their grip I found two things problematic about the novel1 Jagan's programme is solely based on uprooting the hold of religion Despite being the wealthiest person in the area he does not have an economic programme 2The Dalits of the novel don't have agency They hardly ever speak They are condemned to do the bidding of the superior castes I wonder whether these are problems in Ananthamurthy's understanding of the caste uestion or are these the maladies of modernization in India? Bharathipura was written in 1973 and it has become somewhat dated over the years However the central problem raised by Ananthamurthy is still interesting

  3. DwijoG DwijoG says:

    I personally enjoyed this novel even than his widely acknowledge classic Samskara Perhaps because the POV of the main protagonist Jagan as an highly privileged upper caste foreign returned progressive was familiar and relatable to me than Samskara’s Praneshacharya a Brahmin scholar The central theme of this book is to wrestle with the gap between the intentions and actions of a western educated progressive confronting caste realities of India particularly with the problematic idea of an privileged individual with agency trying to lead a group whose concerns he could never truly represent Since this is the second book I’ve read by URA there are now obvious themes in his narrative style one could pick on underdeveloped female characters a heavy reliance on long tiresome internal monologues to drive the narrative and of course limited agencydialogue given to lower caste protagonists Even with these drawbacks however the power of the end product is undeniable His ability to acknowledge and wrestle with these limitations in his characters is impressive and makes for some of the most interesting sections of the story A really enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who has returned to India with the hope of making a positive contribution to its future

  4. Jasun Chelat Jasun Chelat says:

    The instant of decision is madness Kierkegaard I am not insightful or intelligent enough to write a proper review of this book But I would definitely recommend it to everyone it's actually very good I would have given it four stars if it wasn't for the fact that I was starting to feel a little claustrophobic after spending so much time inside Jagannatharayar's head Sometimes even others in the book seem to be thinking and speaking his thoughts And then throughout the book you are thinking where is the revolution taking place in the head or in reality? Where should it take place? And I was just tired of thinking that after a while But I can think of loads of people who should read this bookevery young person I know really It is a deeply insightful book both in the matter of abstract thought as well as the nature of Indian society in reality

  5. Finitha Jose Finitha Jose says:

    I did once hear that Moby Dick was originally intended as a scientific study on whales which was later wrapped up in an adventurous story to make it palatable I went through a similar sensation while reading this particular novel which could rather be called a philosophy treatise Arguments and debates abound throughout with the story patching it together to form an interesting read 'Oppressed class' 'untouchability' 'Dalit' all these words have become a part of common vocabulary nowadays providing a platform for many a fancy seminar and conference How many really empathise with them is another matter to consider Siding with the marginalised has become the new fashion lately just like the charities offered by the multi millionaires to enhance their social profile The novel presents its protagonist Jagannatha in the same mould Being a western educated young man he comes back from England carrying a new version of white man's burden His efforts to educate the Holeyaru or the untouchables in Bharathipura appear ridiculous as many instances reveal that his actions revolve around impressing his white girlfriend He plays the hero by assuming the position of the light bearer to the untouchables whose names he keeps forgetting His intended actions were noble but the hollowness behind it makes him less likeable But that doesn't dim its charm as the story gives one of the beautiful and realistic portrayals of village life in Karnataka It discusses the role of religion in the continuance of age old and sometimes illegal customs and also mocks the lofty politicians who take advantage of this ignorance All in all it is slow but still an enjoyable read penned by one of the popular Jnanpith awardees To know a summary of the book please visit my blog

  6. Anukriti Anukriti says:

    subtle social nuances pressures and all the baggage associated with Indian societies Anantamurthy is all about digging deep into his fabricated stage and showing you the minutest dynamics of the social situation he writes on The character closest to my heart is jagannath the zamindar's son He's confused and very gullible He is in fact the sum of all 'averagers'

  7. Karthik Ramesh Karthik Ramesh says:

    URA majority known for his critics rational thinking and critical intelligence Bharathipura I believe one of his best work better than SamskaraThis is a factious novel about an era in India social life where “GOD and worship” were occupied Indian souls with high superstitious and inhuman rather than spiritual uplift and compassion In Bharathipura I think URA clearly explains through the feelings and engagements of Jagannatha social reform can be possible if action and self awareness go hand in hand It is one of the good book I have read I have changed my perception negative to positive on URA after I read this book

  8. Joyous Song Little Leaf Joyous Song Little Leaf says:

    India caste system Holeyaru Kannada Language Slow moving with lots of inner dialog of main character Jagannatha who wants to end the hold that god Manganatha and low caste counterpart god Bhoothariya have over the people in the town He wants eulity for low caste Holeyaru and plots to bring them into temple where they are not allowed Do the Holeyaru want euality is a uestion Jaganatha is determined to initiate social change

  9. Smitha Murthy Smitha Murthy says:

    Sigh I was prejudiced by my friend’s review of this book even before I started reading it I got a mild headache by the end of it It’s an important book and now that I should probably go back and think about in a better man But for now I am just glad I made it through to the end It’s not the book It’s just me

  10. Chandar Chandar says:

    Have been reading URA's works both Samskara and Bharathipura are very powerful works Severe indictment of the caste system and the feudal structure in rural societies Great

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  • Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • Bharathipura
  • U.R. Ananthamurthy
  • English
  • 09 February 2015

About the Author: U.R. Ananthamurthy

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 he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India and in he was nom.