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ಎಪಿಸೋಡ್ ಎರಡು: ನೀರುಳ್ಳಿ ಹಾವು

ಬಸ್ ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ನಿಂದ ಇಳಿ-ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನದ ಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆಯ ಕಡೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ನಾನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಿ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಬಿದಿರು ಹೂವಾದಾಗೊಮ್ಮೆ ಬೀಳುವಂತಹ ಅತಿ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಕನಸಿನ ನಡುವಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ಕರ್ಕಶ ಸದ್ದಿನ ಅಲಾರ್ಮ್ ಕ್ಲಾಕೊಂದು ಕಿರ್ರನೆ ಚೀರಿ ಎಬ್ಬಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಭಾಸವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ನನಗೆ. ಕನಸ್ಸು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಂದುವರೆಯಬಹುದೇನೋ ಎಂಬ ಹಂಬಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಣ್ಮುಚ್ಚುವ ಆ ಆಜನ್ಮ ಚಟ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ‘ವಾಪಸ್ ನಡೆ’ ಎಂದು ಈಗೊಂದು ನೂರು ಸಲ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಿ ನೋಡುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಪ್ರತಿ ಸಲವೂ […]

Is Our “Independence Day” Aptly Named?

The only part of history back in high-school I didn’t like was Indian Freedom Struggle. To make it worse, we had it for three protracted years for study. If this hadn’t been the case, History would easily have influenced my career path and I might even have become a historian of some sort. I […]

ಹೀಗಿತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ!

ನಾನವಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಲೇ ಇದ್ದೆ. ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತಿದ್ದ ರವಿ ಯಾವುದೊ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ. ನನ್ನ ಮುಂದೆಯೂ ಹ್ಯಾರಿ ಪಾಟರ್ ನ ಯಾವುದೋ ಇಂಟರೆಸ್ಟಿಂಗ್ ಪುಟ ತೆರೆದಿತ್ತಾದರೂ ನಾನು ಹಿಂದೆಂದೂ ಇದ್ದಿರದಷ್ಟು ಒಲವಿನಿಂದ ಅವಳ ಹೂಗೆನ್ನೆಯ ಮುಖವನ್ನಷ್ಟೇ ಓದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಎಂಟು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನೋಡಿದ್ದ ಅದೇ ಪರಿಚಿತ ಫೇಸ್-ಕಟ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಇಂದು ಅದೇಕೋ ಹೇಳದೆ ಕೇಳದೆ ನನ್ನ ಮನಸ್ಸನ್ನು ಮೆಲ್ಲಗೆ ಕದ್ದು ಬಿಟ್ಟಿತ್ತು ಆ ನಗುಮೊಗ. ಅವಳನ್ನು ದ್ವೇಷಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಈಗೆರಡು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನನಗೆ ನಾನೇ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ […]

Long Term Ambitions

It’s often difficult to be in line with what our long term ambitions demand. Sometimes, it so happens that we come half way through and we realize that our priorities and the interests have changed. I watched a movie recently which was one my favorites when I was 17, and […]

You Are Everywhere!

You are in the light that bathes me every day, In the morning beams of the gold and grey, In the afternoon gloss of the month of May, In the colourful vistas of the dusky heights, And in the candles that light up my dreamy nights. You are in the […]

What History Should Teach Us

I used to be a devoted student of history back in my school days. All the drama, twists and so many bizarre events were so fascinating to me. Even today, I give historical fiction a special place in my interests. If there is one big thing history bothers me very often, […]

Fate of Regional Languages

The other day I was looking for a Kannada novel on Flipkart, that a thought crossed my mind. How long will the regional languages continue to flourish? I’m primarily concerned about literature. It may well be another 100 years, that the regional literature would rather be confined to studies and research and not […]

Writing For Oneself

I often wonder when many accomplished writers say, “It doesn’t matter to me whether anyone reads what I write or not, I just write for myself.” Is that statement straight in meaning or does it have a different intent altogether? Because I honestly believe that something written that’s not read by […]

An Unfair System

Like most days I woke up late today, regretting that it would be another ‘office starts just before noon’ day for me. Dressing up in a hurry, I didn’t even bother to look into the mirror, aware that I would have to look at an ape first thing in the morning  without […]

Being Sorry

It’s the same lovely pair of hands I wound every day, Wiping my tears now, patting my back, Enduring all the pain I caused along the way. It’s the very heart I break every now and then, That still gives me a lovely shelter, Beating for me amidst the choking […]