By the Corner of Indian Western Ghats
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A Unique Collection of Wildlife Tales from India for Western Audience Oct 27, 2008
By N.S. Manjunath
A fantastic collection of stories from the naturalist and writer the late Tejaswi. Many readers may not know that Thejasvi is the son of Kuvempu (Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa), the literary colossus from Karnataka, India. Kuvempu was honored with the title National Poet.
This collection of stories were borne out of Tejaswi's experience with the local wildlife and the unique culture he was born into. Ravi Hanj who is familiar with the terrain by virtue of his background and college education in Hassan, Karnataka, has brought these stories out into a wide domain with an excellent translation. Ravi has the ear for the local idiom and he has thus been able to render the thought process of the author flawlessly to an English-speaking audience. For instance the story Kalappa's Cobra challenges readers into making an early opinion about the snake charmer only to confound them with a surreal twist toward the end! It is quite rare to see a real-life story almost following the denuouement as one would find in stories by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro).
Monitor Lizard is another story where the animal's prodigious grip on things is explained in an amusing manner. Tejaswi brings out the rationale behind the Indian native beliefs in dealing with the wildlife. I don't want to go too much into the twists and turns in the actual story--it is for you the readers to enjoy it in the original.
Excellent and funny Sep 29, 2008
This is an excellent translation bringing in the same effect of reading the original. I had heard about Tejasvi but never had a chance to know his writings as I speak and read Telugu. Thanks to Ravi Hanj for bringing in all the Kannada literature essence into English!
By the Corner of Indian Western Ghats by ravi hanj Sep 26, 2008
By the Corner of Indian Western Ghats - This is a great way of knowing Indian country side and the struggles of Indian common. The stories are so natural and easy flowing to read. Truely, it opens up a new dimension in translation literature!