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Man who knew infinity, Abachurina Post office, Toofan Mail

September 12th 2006 in Book Review

On books:
Not reading much these days. But here is a small update.
After a long long time, I finished reading A Man who knew infinity, a biography on Ramanujan. A well researched book and a nice narrative – some explanations like the eating on a banana leaf etc (I now forgot, there were many such descriptive narrations) were examples of visualizations brought by language. Some buildups are too nicely done. I was shocked to know that Ramanujan had attempted suicide. Among many factors that drove him, like – English weather, lonliness, lack of good food, one surprising and major contributor was “family tension”. Damn, even a genius could not escape from the wrath of pitiable human quarrles of saas-bahu, I just felt “yuck”.

Toofan Mail by Jayant Kaykini:
A good collection of short stories. Some very abstract, some very abrupt. Could not understand the intent of some stories.
Abachurina Post office by K P Poornachandra Tejaswi
Another collection of stories in almost above lines. Was curious to know how the “story” was of Tabarana Kathe that was adapted to big screen and got awards. That time, kid I was then, for me, Tabarana Kathe had formed a benchmark for art cinema and to win National Awards and to be telecast on DD. And it was the synonym for boring films. I dont remember the details of it now, but story was also not any descriptive/ narrative compared to few other stories in the book. I wonder if Tabarana Kathe had got that treatment, many ohter stories from this book can get much better ! It is a collection of stories written over many eyears and the last story is very very difficult to comprehend.(Just like the foreword).

But both the books were rich/lucid in language, descriptive, and opened up (for me) a new world of alternate way of stories. Now I feel, why do we still come across run of the mill story telling when such alternate paths have already been treaded long ago!


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“Man who knew infinity, Abachurina Post office, Toofan Mail”
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Prasanna L.M

hi, i have read kaykini's toofan mail.. but to be frank i didnt like that.. most of the stories were meaningless. i didnt understand what he wanted to convey.


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Rk

Exactly as I said, either we could not understand his intent or there was no intent at all.


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Pavan Rao

I have read “TOOFAAN MAIL” and “BOGASEYALLI SURIMALE” of Jayant kaykini. It’s actually mis-quoted above as short stories. Stories are different from ANKANA ( in KANNADA). Hence, the reader may not find any theme in the articles (ankaNa), but I guess it’s a kind of shows/depicts two days of life of a common man in the urban condition. These articles are entirely different from short stories. We just need to understand and enjoy the articles. Just call them articles and not as short stories.


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Pavan Rao

I have read "TOOFAAN MAIL" and "BOGASEYALLI SURIMALE" of Jayant kaykini. It's actually mis-quoted above as short stories. Stories are different from ANKANA ( in KANNADA). Hence, the reader may not find any theme in the articles (ankaNa), but I guess it's a kind of shows/depicts two days of life of a common man in the urban condition. These articles are entirely different from short stories. We just need to understand and enjoy the articles. Just call them articles and not as short stories.


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Rk

Thanks for making me aware. Then I was right, as I said already that there was no intent, per se. I did enjoy the style, language. Is Bogaseyalli Surimale also compilation of (ankanas) ?


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Pavan Rao

Yes. I just completed reading ಬೊಗಸೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸುರಿಮಳೆ (bogaseyalli surimaLe). It's also much similar to toofaan mail, though not entirely. Well, if you have enjoyed reading toofaan mail and it's style, then I suggest to go ahead and read bogase'lli suri'Le too. This will take you through different moods.

As a coincidenceI met Sri. Jayantha Kaykini yesterday at Rangashankara :)


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Rk

Thanks…will read that book…
Which play did you watch ?


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Pavan Rao

The play was "birugaaLi", translation of Shakespere's "The Tempest" by KUVEMPU


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astroshiva

To continue the discussion on the difference between short stories and ankana, I wanted to say that when a writer grows up in his writings all these differenciations of disciplines of writing become neglegible. Tejaswi's and Kaykini's writings belong to this category. Even an article by them would be poetic. For ex. Jugari Cros; it is a novel, but it takes place in 24 hrs and you get the feeling that it is a short story. Karvalo can be called as a novel, a science writing or a philosohical writings.. Tejaswi's writings on Human evolution and wild life are more than non-fiction writings. His translation of world novels (like A long walk, Papillon) are more like short stories rather than novels.

Anyways. Good blog.


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Rk

Thanks astroshiva .


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manjunath h s

the way of narration of stories in "toofan mail" is simple he has written those simple with highly meaningful stories in a way that even in this way also we can write the stories ……. a build a story on castism using a wedding card in the first story itself this is heart touching n title story shows the hectic life style of mumbai… i like all his writings a lot
this is manju 2nd sem mca from pesit college bangalore


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Rkblogs

Thanks for the comment. 


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btbytes

Glad to see you reading Kannada lit. works. keep it up :)

I intend to make up for the last 14 months once I'm in Bengaluru


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Rkblogs

:)But there are lot of books I wanted to read..need to do better time management .


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