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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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During my cross-country flight to Seattle, I re-read a Kannada novel, Niranjan's "Rangammana Vathara" - Rental Homes of Rangamma. Even though the novel was written in 1954, I felt like I knew each character in the novel during my lifetime. It portrays life of fourteen brahmin households, all living in one-room-houses rented out by a tough Brahmin window, Rangamma. Very pragmatic and sensitive, the author touches upon all the delicate matters that constitute urban life in Srirampuram-Malleswaram neighborhoods of Bangalore of the period. The characters are so touching that you want to know more about them even after the novel has ended.

I have always been amazed by how the poor people of India are able to abstract and filter life's joys and sorrows despite their misery and spending so much of their being just to survive. This novel is full of such incidents, when people rise to occasion to co-exist.

Cover Page of Rangammana Vathara by Niranjan

After enjoying the book, I happened to open page 3, and guess what I found! The author's autograph! My joy knew no bounds at this, and I truly felt like I have had a privileged childhood.

Niaranja's Autograph
"To Vikas with Affection" - Niranjan

See Also:

• Remembering a Visit to the Niranjans
• My Autograph Collection

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, May 7, 2009
Last Modified: 5/8/2009 10:55:55 PM

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