| Some Kamat Family Stories|
During the 34 hour drive from Birmingham to Mackinac Island and back, Amma (my mother) told
us many family stories. Some of them I knew, and some of them were new. I will keep them brief, leaving
the details to the reader's perception.
My Mother's Dog Tom
My mother had a dog Tom. He was a brave and a faithful dog,
and routinely chased away foxes and other menacing beasts
that appeared in the village.
One night as the family slept, the cows in the neighborhood
sensed a tiger and Tom asked to be unleashed. My mother cursed him
for waking her up, and let him go outside.
He never came back.
Since then, my mother hasn't had a dog.
When the Tiger was Hunted
My Pet TinTin
My Father's Job Interview
Upon his return to India (from USA, where he obtained a Ph.D.), my father applied for a job in the
department of sericulture. The chairman of the selection committee asked only
one question to the candidate.
"Are you a Lingayat?"
Lingayat is the name a prominent caste in the state of Karnataka.
The interviewee, of course didn't get the job and later started Kamat.com.
The interviewer went on to become a close associate of Indira Gandhi,
and the Chief Minister of the the state, and built an administration known for
favoritism, inefficiency and corruption.
Lingayats and the Vachana Literature
What I Really Think About Indira Gandhi
I once blogged about the contributions of Kamat-Joshi team to India.
Happens that Bhimsen Joshi, one of the prominent Hindustani classical musician is a nephew of
G.B.Joshi, who has published many of Kamat's works. He is known as 'Bhimya' to close friends and family.
Bhimsen Joshi's biography by Mohan Nadakarni is dedicated
to my grandmother.
Portrait of G.B. Joshi
Link to Bhimsen Joshi's Biography
Ramakant Joshi's tribute to Father
My mother's tribute to G.B.Joshi
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Wednesday, September 4, 2002|
Last Modified: 3/13/2004