With sympathy and ruthlessness, U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel Samskara gives shape to the mutinies that raged within mid-century India. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan Samskara by U.R. Ananthamurthy ಯು. ಆರ್. Women Writing in India by Susie J. U.R. Ananthamurthy, in A.K Ramanujan’s translation from the Kannada, tries to Samskara—the compulsory rite given to Brahmins at their.

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The total length of the novel is pages O.

The novel becomes more interesting when Praneshacharya wanders off, not sure of what course he is to take. When he sleeps with Chandri, his immediate reaction is that he has lost all of his authority in the community.

He felt that he no longer had any moral right to continue as the spiritual leader of the agrahara. It asks some of the most intriguing questions about religion, morality and way of living anantahmurthy Southern India. Ananthmurthy’s Samskara has already achieved the status of a classic.

A Rite for a Dead Man. Putta is like a lottery ticket. He noticed that the Acharya was walking barefooted and so advised him to buy a pair of sandals.

Samskara – U.R. Ananthamurthy – Oxford University Press

However, the Brahmin principles also stipulate that a non-Brahmin cannot cremate the body of a Brahmin. For the Acharya, this was a disgusting sight to see. Let’s not dwell into that. Indeed, as soon as village guru Praneshacharya learns of Naranappa’s death he madly rushes to the others in the village to make sure they don’t take even a bite of food. Some parts felt unnecessary and difficult to get through. Rama Rao Krishna Bhat A.


And then he struggles, struggles to escape the dilemma he is caught up in, much like Buridan’s Ass. It is an India that is instantly recognizable to its Indian readers. The story was written by U. This quandary, the Archaya’s struggle and subsequent fall from grace, critiques and questions strict Hindu beliefs and caste system. It deals with central, timeless questions such as to be or not ananthamrthy be.

Praneschacharya performs an elaborate ritual and chants in front of the image of the god in the hopes of getting some answers. Consecration, consecration of a king, dedication etc. Through this story you definitely get a sense of Hindu practices and Indian culture.

The central theme of the book is that when societies fail to understand and interpret Dharma, in the context of the time space they live in, they wither away to extinction and are responsible for samsiara downfall.

So while sex is seen as an affirmation of life, and the path for spiritual completion, the flip side is that women in the novel appear only in their capacity to be sexually available for men. But I’m feeling reviewer remorse.


The people who believe that casteism has religious sanction often quote Manu Smriti as the source.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

It’s left to the imagination of the viewer on whether Praneshacharya owns up or not. This incident clearly shows that when the Gods can go to answer the gambler’s call then surely they cannot be so prejudiced against some human beings to label them untouchables, anamthamurthy thus the practice of untouchability is not of divine origins as some people have called it to be.

Putta takes him to a carnival with games and acrobats, a gruesome cockfight, and finally to visit a local prostitute. These NYRB classics, they know me too well.

Samskara – amurthy

In death this became a problem that previously they managed to sidestep: He became a child, a beloved, a mother. They climbed down into the temple tank and washed their hands and feet. It was midnight when the Acharya woke up. About religion, or anything that you have believed in. Putta had no idea that this gentleman was a great Acharya, samsara very Crest-jewel of Vedanta.