Friday, April 06, 2007

tejaswi, nature and us

We were introduced to Poornachandra Tejaswi in high school, class 9, i think. The cover looked nice, with a picture of two birds. Characteristic of Kuvempu's books. Well, the son carried the same, didn't he?

They say that second generations usually cannot contribute, as much as the first generation does. Kuvempu and Poornachandra Tejaswi. The latter did prove his worth. Creating new waves that differentiated him from the rest of the crowd

I devote most of my time to indian literature just as father cherishes kannada literature. I started off with indian literature with bengali works, i guess. With respect to kannada literature i've hardly read any, except for few. Out of compulsion. Simply because, they were included in the academic syllabus.

Mrs. Renuka Gowda taught kannada in school. Moreover we had two(?) text books. Tejaswi's simple language, made me pursue his short stories. Parisarade Kathe was assigned to us. A beautiful compilation of short stories. He would materialize from thin air. Narrating his experiences. Dialogues between, a father and a kid, a master and a worker, a husband and a wife, animal and humans, all took place before me.

His style of writing was easy to savour. Unadorned with complexities, they pulled me into them. Pulled me into their pure environment.

Tejaswi sir, your works of effortless literature have filled in me, a sense happiness.....a sense of freshness in me. Something that will, i hope, remain eternal, through your words.

Inshallah!

10 comments:

anand balaji said...

I'm reminded of H.W. Longfellow's famous poem, A Psalm of Life. Here are a few lines that pay tribute to the life of Poornachandra Tejaswi:

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time."

mouna said...

anand,
'sands of time', well, atleast not tejaswi, in my regard :)

mouna said...

but the verse is meaningful! thanks!

anand balaji said...

I don't quite understand what you're driving at here...
Explain please!

Shiv said...

Mouna,
Very true..
Tejaswi created a wonderful world..
A world of nature

Salute to the very unique personality..

mouna said...

anand,
gosh! i must have been sleeping when i posted this :p

what i was trying to say is: tejaswi will always be remembered by for all time to come. quite contrary to what 'sands of time' stands for...

shiv,
a fantastic world of nature, a very-approachable kind.

VENU VINOD said...

simple in the words, and quite innovative, and research oriented writing, that is what Tejaswi for a reader like me.
his millenium series had made me to sit and finish those books in one sitting. Thats Tejaswi

Srik said...

OK u meant, rocks of time, is it mouna?

Whatever it is.. Kannada literature is fortunate to have blessed with two father-son duos.
One is DVG - BGL Swami
Second is KuVempu - Tejaswi.

All the four stalwarts were complete in theor own terms...of cource did full justice to the fields they chose.

mouna said...

venu,
what u say is true, it's really difficult for one to come by such a towering personality.

srik,
isn't it incidental to note that bgl swami also wrote on plants, and he chose his profession and botany, and we have tejaswi also to have written on nature. well, the former wrote on plants, and the latter on birds, biology remains common. :)

Srik said...

Yes, Both are just amazing. They wrote (taught) biology like a story book. Hats off to them!!