A ‘Noble’ Story



The break was great!!! I didn’t want to close the blog because I knew I would want to come back and write more. There were several instances when I wanted to start blogging again – Sarah Palin, Economic mess, Listening to ‘Jolene’ the other night, and of course Sachin Tendulkar‘s (aka GOD) world record. But, nothing triggered me as much as this news item did. Now, I know what my passion is 🙂

Kuvempu is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers in Kannada. He is in the elite group with such greats as Bendre and Dr. Shivaram Karanth. Around 20 years ago there was a lot of talk about Kuvempu’s name being considered by the Nobel committee for an award in literature. If he had won the Nobel, it would have certainly been great for India. He didn’t and it’s history now. Not winning Nobel in no way diminishes the greatness of Kuvempu as a writer.

Fast forward to 2008. Kuvempu is dead. There is a symposium about Kuvempu’s work ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam‘ in Mysore and Kuvempu’s self-proclaimed disciple Dr. S. Prabhushankar comes up with a brilliant story. Apparently, he was carrying Kuvempu’s works to New Delhi to the Indian Nobel committee. When he reached the railway station, there was no seat reserved for him. Finally, some ‘North Indian’ (that’s the key) threw Kuvempu’s books into a corner and treated it like trash. And thus, because of some North Indian conspiracy, Kuvempu didn’t win Nobel. Dr S. Prabhushankar came out with this colorful story in 2008, long after Kuvempu’s death.

The media has carried the story with all the color and prominence. These self-proclaimed disciples of Kuvempu always had problems. De. Ja. Gow for one, I have absolutely no respect for. Now, Dr. Prabhushankar joins the same bandwagon?

A few innocent questions for Dr. Prabhushankar:

  • Why did you keep quite for so long? If the story were true and if you had made this public at that time, maybe Kuvempu would have won the Nobel. So, I guess you are really responsible for Kuvempu not winning Nobel.
  • The Nobel committee in Delhi wanted you to carry all of Kuvempu’s works in a train from Mysore? Really, they didn’t know who Kuvempu was, huh?
  • It must have been quite hard to travel in an unreserved compartment. Did you get good sleep?
  • Sorry, but I have to ask you this, when the ‘North Indian’ threw Kuvempu’s works away, did you cry? If so, how much? Did you make sure someone took a photograph? That will come in handy very soon, I am sure.
  • Did you happen to ask the name of that ‘North Indian’ idiot?

Well, I have way too many questions, I will just stop here. Isn’t it sad that everyone wants to do politics and somehow want to see their name in the newspapers?

In this case Dr. Prabhushankar is the first culprit and media (as usual) is the second culprit. With all due respects, it’s time people start completely ignoring anything and everything which comes out of the likes of De. Ja. Gow and Prabhushankar.

Well, at least Karnad and URA are intelligent…….

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14 Comments on “A ‘Noble’ Story”

  1. suparna Says:

    I dont agree with u when u say he s the first culprit , and the media second. it s the other way ..Media is the first culprit, which is giving undue publicity for silly things and people..so such people behave like this ..

  2. pArijAta Says:

    You know, I really had a lot of respect for Dr. Prabhushankar before I read this. Even now I wonder if he is not being properly.
    And the comments on Churumuri were in really bad taste. Just one mention of a poor, illiterate and in-all-probabilities-hypothetical North Indian and our self proclaimed Kannada-saviors go up in arms against him and all the other North Indians. If only they spent the same effort in reading Kannada literature, we would not have been in this state!
    PS: And that’s been my first comment on a blogpost in more than five months! 🙂

  3. Aram Says:

    DS and P:

    Now that both of you are back in blogland, I shall too.

  4. sunaath Says:

    It is surprising to see how Prabhushankar expects Kannadigas to buy his idiotic story. That the media should glorify this tale told by an idiot stunns me.

  5. srik Says:

    Huh!! Really?!!!

  6. Rahi Says:

    I don’t see any point in belittling or as this man says a ‘North Indian’ threw the works of Kuvempu. Wherever do i belong to, i will never approve of anyone who does such an act.

    i think raj thackeray is doing very much the same thing in maharashtra – trying to bring fewd between people from various parts of the country who were living there peacefully.

    in the 80’s, it was his uncle who was using a similar propaganda against tamils. and now raj is against biharis.

    such people should be jailed for spreading such malicious feelings.

  7. srik Says:

    Now… I was curous of one thing… How do you react to the ‘classical’ status for Kannada?

  8. Veena Says:

    Here it is.. Anything about Mysore, Anything about poet and here is a blog post!

    But I wonder why all these now? suddenly??

  9. sunaath Says:

    It is about Rahi’s comment:
    Laloo has filled up the entire Deptt. with Biharis, counting Class IV employees who speak only Hindi. The Booking clerk in Dharwad speaks to the customers only in English as she is a Maleyali.
    What is wrong if Ka.Ra.Ve wants to kick away these persons from Bangalore or Thakare wants them out of Mumbai?
    Well, nothing against this also, provided a Kannadiga clerk (-if at all found in the Railways-)is permitted to speak in Kannada in TN or English in Bihar!

  10. Vijay Says:

    Hey DS… keep posting….

  11. praneshachar Says:

    repeat vijay
    Hey DS… keep posting….
    we miss your posts too busy?

  12. Shiv Says:


    We were under same roof other day in KKNC function.
    But missed a chance to meet u.
    Later I came to know that you were there from Ravi.

    No blogging for a while?

  13. parijaatha Says:

    Why haven’t you posted anything lately?

  14. 664749 77254Quite very good post, thanks a good deal for sharing. Do you happen to have an RSS feed I can subscribe to? 119607

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