An early morning shot from the verandah of Doddamane.
We stayed couple of days at this heritage home in Agumbe #rainforest region during our month long travels in Karnataka and Kerala. The 150 year old mansion is built in a traditional open courtyard style to enjoy the monsoon rains and is always open to host travelers and hikers that pass by the village. Grateful to Kasthurakka and her family for being such warm and welcoming hosts and making this 'home away from home' experience so enjoyable. The red-oxide flooring, antique furniture, teak ceiling runners, 'hande neer snaana' and baleyele oota brought back so many fond memories of the house I grew up in.
Agumbe, India | October 2015
Shot with Nikon D90 + Nikkor 18-70mm
R.K Narayan's house.
I have never been a reader but my maiden read was his, after which started the whole reading syndrome. A writer beyond words. It was an amazing experience being for a while in his house. Lit up with doctorates and awards, the house takes you back to your old school days, when we used to watch Malgudi days on the idiot box. The place has been revamped and now been taken care by the local authorities. If you are an R.K. Narayan fan, this place will give you an essence of his accolades, achievements, his lifestyle, and of course the piles of books he wrote.
Agumbe is a tiny village in the Shimoga diatrict of Karnataka. It is a UNESCO world heritage site being part of the Western Ghats and near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Kudremukh National Park. It is also the Cherrapunji of the south with India's first automatic weather station founded by the American Romulus Whitaker.
All this in a village which has only 500 people and covers 3 square kms!! And.. it was the location for the shooting of Anant Nag's Malgudi Days that came on Doordarshan! The house that was used for shooting still exists. It is 130 years old and can be booked as a homestay. Look up tripadvisor for Dodda Mane.. Info sourced through wikipedia, tripadvisor and a blog - http://jayantiblogshere.blogspot.in/2016/12/agumbe-doddamane-days.html?m=1
समस्या और समाधान (By: Ameek Sarkar & Kumar Shantnu)
आज कल दुनिया में कुछ ऐसा उठ रहा है तूफ़ान,
की बात बात पर "हक़" मांग बैठता है हर इंसान।
हमारे शर्मा जी ने भी ज़रा ग़ौर फ़रमाया
थोड़ा देखा, सुना
तो समझ आया।
एक समस्या का दूसरी समस्या ही है समाधान,
लेकिन कोई दे नहीं रहा इस बात पे ध्यान।
हमारी सवालों भरी आँखों को देख,
जोश में आये शर्मा जी ने
उधारणों के पुल बांधे,
काफ़ी सारे तो भूल गया
लिख रहा हूँ, बता रहा हूँ,
जो याद हैं, आधे। एक समस्या है, की तन ढकने को कपड़ा नहीं
और एक समस्या ये भी, की छोटे, फटे, कपडों की आज़ादी नहीं।
अरे भाईसाहब, ज़रा सी बात पे
इतना सोचना क्या है?*
मैं तो कहता हूँ, जो कहना है साफ़-साफ़ बक दो,
इनका कपड़ा काट के उनका तन ढक दो। किसी के चूल्हे में आग नहीं हैं,
और किसी को cigarette पीने की आज़ादी चाहिए।
शर्मा जी फिर बोले,
मैं कहता हूँ ये मुददा भी खुले* *आम यूँ रख दो,
अगर इतनी ही आग है, थोड़ी उनके चूल्हों में रख दो। और ये भी सच है
की किसी के पास पीने को पानी नहीं है,
और हक़ न मिले, शराब पीने का हमें, तो फिर वो जवानी नहीं है। अरे "सरकार" सही कहते हो
यह बात भी साफ़ कर दो,
जो आधा पानी बचा है प्याले में तुम्हारे,
वो प्यासे के गिलास में भर दो। ऐसी कई और सामस्यायें शर्मा जी ने सुलझायीं थी।
एक आम आदमी होकर,
बड़ी आसान सोच बतायी थी। हर किसी के पास अपने अपने तर्क हैं समस्या और समाधान में लेकिन, कहाँ कोई फर्क है। हमारा तो ऐसा है की,
चलो साफ़ साफ़ बक देते हैं इतने सवालो में सबके आगे,
कुछ सवाल और रख देते हैं। क्या इतना मुश्किल होगा यह सब कर पाना?
अपना स्वार्थ छोड़ समस्या को सुलझाना। छोटी छोटी बातों को,
छोटा ही रहने दो।
बाकी, कहते तो सब हैं, वैसे शर्मा जी को भी कहने दो। .
Visiting Indian author R.K Narayan's house was one of the highlight of my trip to Mysore. .
Mysore wasn't even on the cards. I was in Bangalore for work and thought of making good use of the weekend and ended up here. The charm of an unplanned trip never fades away.
Here is an excerpt from veteran Journalist N.Ram who wrote about the author. "He was in a habit of writting his fiction, short stories and novels in old diaries and elegantly bound books. The way a book was bound was important to him. He would keep all these old books and diaries; he never destroyed any of them. I used to bring him notebooks from either England or Holland.
That day, just hours before he went on ventilator he asked me, "Can you bring a diary today?" I said, I would. He then asked, "Will it be a 2000 or a 2001 diary?" I told him we would get him a 2001 diary.
Till this last minute, he thought only of writing. At the same time, he would say, "I have become lazy after I entered by nineties." That, for you, was R.K Narayan.
If you have followed the works of the author, this place is a must visit! His house was restored by the government and has been turned into a museum. This place will get you closer to the life of the author, his simplicity and work.
I am glad I made a visit to the memorial. First when I went it was shut. Next day, I went again and found it open :) Thank you @lakshmisharath for recommending this place! .
#Throwback to my time in the house.
I often go back to the pictures and read about the author.