Novels[edit]. Kaanuru Heggadati/ಕಾನೂರು ಹೆಗ್ಗಡತಿ (); Malegalalli Madumagalu/ಮಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮದುಮಗಳು (). If you want to know beauty of Kannada language, you should read Kuvempu. These two novels (I read only these two novels) shows the Malenadu very. of short stories, namely Nanna Devaru Mat tu Itara Kathegalu and Sanyasi Matiu Itara Kathegalu * These stories, like. Kuvempu’s poems and novels, are also.

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Domestic abuse, graphic descriptions of death, sexual assault, depression, suicide, violence on animals and animal deaths I picked up this book for the Indian Lit Readathon. As a Kannadiga, I was quite familiar with the fact that Kuempu’s works are considered some of the finest in Kannada literature even to this day. However, I don’t usually pick up adult fiction, so my expectations were quite low.

The book follows the lives of the Gowdas of Malenadu from multiple perspectives. At its simplest TW: At its simplest, kuvempk can be described as family drama but the author elevates the story to so much more than that.

The portrayal of kuvepu character, with believable strengths and flaws, was masterfully done even though the cast was sizeable. I kuvsmpu a range of emotions from pity for the worst of the characters to being frustrated by the best of them.

My favourite of the lot was Hoovayya Gowda. In the case of Seethe, however, I was a bit disappointed because she didn’t get a lot of space in the narrative even though she was integral to the story.

The plot started off slowly and got more interesting as it progressed, being mainly kuvenpu. Each muvempu at first glance would seem like a completely random thread but they criss-crossed with the others to create a complex narrative that managed to be both suspenseful and expansive.

The setting was done superbly as well. The vivid descriptions actually transported me to the lush Malenadu landscape. What struck me most was the subtle social commentary provided on all the problematic content.

Set in a time when India was at its conservative best or worst? I really enjoyed how the author challenged these attitudes by showing the different perspectives and mocking them through character interactions rather than go off on a righteous rant or become preachy. I also liked the portrayal of the female characters who were strong and resilient in spite of the rampant patriarchy of that time.

My only problem with this was the translation. Not only was my copy full of errors much more than I expect in a finished copy anywaythe translation itself didn’t work for me. Many of the Kannada words were left kuuvempu it is, which would make it very confusing for a reader who does not know the language. Also, it was more of a case of transliteration than translation in a few places which made it very awkward to read in English and also broke the narrative flow.

In conclusion, although this is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read and has left a lasting impression on kuvemmpu, I’m not sure how those not intimately familiar with the Kannada language can appreciate kuvemppu sheer genius of this work.


Jul 01, G H rated it it was amazing. Given that Kuvempu has written only 2 novels, am a bit overwhelmed to jovels that there is only one more to go. Such is the scope and the sweep. Set in pre-Independence, pre-WWII Western Ghats, it traces the fall of the old ways of the region, and the setting in kuve,pu the newer era, of Gandhian ideals, nationalism, of modernity in the form of hospitals and schools.

And of Vedic Hinduism. At many points Kuvempu looks at the old ways, of the offerings to the Bhootas – Panjurli, Bhootaraya etc and hope Given that Kuvempu has written only 2 novels, am a bit overwhelmed to think that there is only one more to go.

At many points Kuvempu looks at the old ways, of the offerings to the Bhootas – Panjurli, Bhootaraya etc and hopes that the reforming, guiding spirit of Hinduism with its Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads would come in and guide the common folk towards better lives. He also puts the casteist practices of deceiving Brahmins, ruling Shudra overlords and the kuve,pu castes that work for them under the microscope, disapprovingly.

It is interesting that he expected casteist Hinduism to come with its scriptures and lift the common folk out of their miseries. But then, did he really believe in a casteless society or just a way out kjvempu the conniving onvels of the Brahmins to better access to medicines and schools.

I think it would be presumptuous of me to put him on trial here.

There really isn’t much to go by on this. So I’ll just leave that thought here, and hope I can find other works where I can know more about his inclinations on this topic.

Books by Kuvempu (Author of ಮಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮದುಮಗಳು | Malegalali Madumagalu)

It is also more interesting that the modern generations are flocking towards practices like Bhootakolas, Kambala and Jallikattu, recognising them as a part of one’s culture, as against Sanskritic Hinduism, which is seen as an imposition from the North. In some ways, I find the work of his son, KP Poornachandra Tejaswi more interesting nocels it comes to talking about casteism and society.

But then he lived in an independent India, seeing how things turn out there politically. Such a vision was not accorded to Kuvempu when he wrote this book.

So I guess I’ll read this as a book of the 30s and the change in the ways of life of people at that time. After all, how much should we be judging books written at a particular kuuvempu with the modern eye which has seen a lot more than what the author saw, in terms of history. How much would Kuvempu have changed in his outlook and views over the years?

Malegalallli Madumagalu was from the 60s, it would be interesting to nobels what Kuvempu thought as a 60 year old as against a kuuvempu year old. If you read Mookajjiya kanasugalu, Karanth comes across as homophobic.

What was he over the rest of his life? Should we hold him against that? Coming to the book itself, I noveps it interesting that he modelled Hoovayya after himself, the bent nose and all that. But then Kuvempu was a striking man, fair and tall. So am not blaming him, it just noveos it easier to visualise. His values move from wanting to be a great man who can spread some good to the people around him, to eventually becoming a Buddha-like monk after all that life throws at him.

Muvempu stands like kuvemp figurehead for the old ways, refusing to compromise, wanting to hold on, eventually left with nothing in the end. There is his young wife, and how people marrying young women at a much later age can cause issues in the natural order of things.


The ruin does start with that, and we are clearly shown that in the case of Annayya Gowda. Eventually, the Buddha-like Hoovayya prevails and the noveels winds of modernity blow into the Malnad regions.

It will be left to his son to write about the depredations modernity causes to the Western Ghats. Am sure Kuvempu would have been lamenting that too. There are the Shettys who work as the seregarasoverseers who bring in people from the DK district and get them to work. There is some stereotyping here, seeing those from DK, the Tulu speakers as uncultured, and given to immoral doings.

Even with Malegalalli Madhumagaluthe seregara is one of the villains. What really stands out is the description of the ghats. There aren’t just birds, there are specific birds.

I wished the translator had tried to understand what each bird was instead of just writing madivala birds Oriental Magpie-robinpikalara bird bulbulskajana racket-tailed drongo bird. The English names in the parentheses are from me. The noovels as they move on and how they reflect on the Ghats are beautifully noovels. He was a poet and it would be interesting to read muvempu in Kannada. Would be a real labour of love.

As much as I am critical initially, this is an enjoyable work, an epic which lays bare the life of the times, from the beauty of the flowers, the singing birds, to exhilarating wild boar noels, opening up the world for you to understand and critique.

You enter the book, live in the Ghats through the seasons and come out only at the end. Feb 28, Vageesha rated it really liked it. It’s been an immense pleasure to read this masterpeace great-novel of kannada. The effect is going to be long lasting.

An epic, kjvempu narrative that narrates the tale of an extended Gowda family in Kanooru, somewhere in the Malenadu region of what is now Karnataka.

This book is set in the s and is an accurate but fascinating record of the lives of people in that region. At the center of village life is the house of the land owning Gowda of the shurda Vokkaliga caste surrounded by his fields and the hovels and tents of his kuvempy labourers. Agriculture is the mainstay, and everybody’s lives are tuned to the An epic, rich narrative that narrates the tale of an extended Gowda family in Kanooru, somewhere in the Malenadu region of what is now Karnataka.

Agriculture is the mainstay, and everybody’s lives are tuned to the rhythm of the crop cycle, dictated by the changing season. Nlvels are religious and deeply superstitious, a fact that is exploited by the priest, Joisa, from the neighboring ‘agrahara’.

Fear of the supernatural permeates every aspect of life.

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There are festivals to be observed, feasts to the held, and spirits to be propitiated. Hoove Gowda is educated and represents the change that is sweeping through India at that time. The freedom struggle, humanism, and the struggle with ignorance and superstition. Kuvempu weaves a masterly tale of the loves and hatreds, loyalties and treachery, joy and grief, innocence and cynicism of a rich cast of kuvejpu.

To his credit, kuvemlu tale is unerringly accurate in its details – a rare record of the beauty and the ugly side of rural life.