Let me be clear - Matadana is not a literary masterpiece. Neither was it intended to be. This novel is a masterpiece because of the socially relevant and often times overlooked theme of politics and its dirty underbelly that SLB weaves the plot around. The novel explores politics and the associated corruption, normally viewed as anathema to the common man, and the havoc it causes in the lives of people who are not steadfast in their values, whether right or wrong. (view spoiler)[The setting is ruLet me be clear - Matadana is not a literary masterpiece. Neither was it intended to be. This novel is a masterpiece because of the socially relevant and often times overlooked theme of politics and its dirty underbelly that SLB weaves the plot around. The novel explores politics and the associated corruption, normally viewed as anathema to the common man, and the havoc it causes in the lives of people who are not steadfast in their values, whether right or wrong. (view spoiler)[The setting is rural post-independent India, a decade or so after independence. In that setting, we are introduced to a Dr Shivappa, a young, idealist doctor who inspite of living in penury, is focused on serving the poor in the true sense of the word. Far removed from the world of Dr Shivappa are a certain Mr Sadaravalli, past MP and a once upon a time aristrocrat who is struggling to make his mark again. There is also the upstart politician whose family was once in the servitude of Mr Sadaravalli but who has now trounced his erstwhile master in the elections and is now a state level minister. His primary 'chamcha' is contractor Ramalingappa who contributes generously to the election expenses of the minister and is rewarded with lucrative contracts. The world of Dr Shivappa is far removed from those of Sadaravalli and the minister. However, these three worlds collide when both Sadaravalli and Ramalingappa approach the idealist doctor offering their daughters in marriage. While Sadaravalli has an eye on the goodwill votes that the popular doctor can garner, the wily contractor wishes to use his political contacts to get a plum posting in the health department for his would be son-in-law and hence assure a comfortable life for his daughter. SLB brings out the human element in the doctor, with all its warts and blemishes as the idealistic youngster tries to wriggle out of the dilemma - should he walk on the path he has chosen for himself? Or should he give in to the material comforts that choosing a rich bride promises? Ultimately, the good part in him triumphs and he refuses both. The dirty world of politics rears its dirty head again when he is convinced to contest the elections as an independent by certain fair minded persons who unknown to him are hand in glove with Sadaravalli. The objective is to divide the votes that would otherwise have gone to the minister, so that Sadaravalli's son who is contesting can win comfortably. The unfortunate fallout is that the minister is shunted out of power and his enemies, intent on breaking his back, institute an enquiry into the works undertaken by contractor Ramalingappa. His back against the wall, the contractor commits suicide. All this disillusions the doctor who decides to go back to serving the people. He has however learnt his lesson - he now decides to charge hefty fees from his well to do patients so that better facilities can be provided to the poor. In this process, he comes across Rangalakshmi, the contractor's daughter whose hand was offered to him. Unknown to others, he was briefly infatuated with her in the past as was she. Now estranged from her husband, she falls all over in love with the doctor again and the book ends with the two deciding to get married. (hide spoiler)] The book is important for the relevant issues it raises. Though it could be called defeatist, it shows the havoc that is caused by politics when a common man decides to enter its murky world. The triumph of the book ofcourse is that it shows that one man can make a difference - though of limited means, the protagonist makes a difference in the villages with his dedicated work. The drawback if any, is that the idealistic doctor is well, a little too idealist. The ideals that fill the book make one wonder if the protagonist is indeed living in a dream world. The worshipful respect that the heroine (if she may be called that) has for the hero because of his ideals borders on juvenile infatuation, if not fantasy. And the romantic track, though at times seems necessary, could have been toned down, for it tends to distract. As does the constant and cliched comparison between Rangalakshmi's husband, "the village guy who comes to the city gets educated but still remains a village guy." The image projected is that a city dweller is supposed to be erudite, cultured, have interests other than work (immerse oneself in the cultural events of the city for example). Does it mean that city dwellers are all that? Or that villagers are not any of that? Or is it simply a strong willed village girl's fantasy world of what a city dweller is supposed to be? That bit caused some dissonance and the track could have been completely done away with with minimal loss to the plot or narrative. All in all, a very readable book that brings out the social theme and the associated issues all deftly woven into the plot. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Its Typical S.L.Bhyrappa Book. There is Politics, Love, Relation and Emotions. The Story Revolves around the doctor who serves public through the profession, and using this as advantage the political parties approach for him to contest in elections. Later he comes to know that he was used by other political parties to win in the elections. In backdrop there is love story of doctor with contractor daughter were this election screws up there lives.The books explains the caste based politics in ourIts Typical S.L.Bhyrappa Book. There is Politics, Love, Relation and Emotions. The Story Revolves around the doctor who serves public through the profession, and using this as advantage the political parties approach for him to contest in elections. Later he comes to know that he was used by other political parties to win in the elections. In backdrop there is love story of doctor with contractor daughter were this election screws up there lives.The books explains the caste based politics in our country and lot of emotions also. Good one read. ...more
ಮತದಾನ .....ಎಸ.ಎಲ. ಭೈರಪಪ ಅವರ ಪುಸತಕಗಳಲಲಿ ನಾನು ಪೂರತಿಯಾಗಿ ಓದಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿದ ಮೊದಲನೇ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ..... ಇದರ ಬಗಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದೇನೆಂದರೆ, ಇದರ ಕಥಾ ವಸತು ಹಾಗೂ ಅದು ನಡೆಯುವ ಕಾಲಮಾನ ತುಂಬಾ ಹಳೆಯದಾಗಿದದರೂ ಕೂಡ ಅಲಲಿ ಬರುವ ಸನನಿವೇಶಗಳು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಸರಿ ಹೊಂದುತತವೆ ..... ಕಥಾ ನಾಯಕನು ತಾನು ತನನ ಹೃದಯದ ಮಾತು ಹಾಗೂ ತನನ ತಾಯಿಯ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಕೊಡುವುದೋ ಅಥವಾ ತಾನು ನಡೆದು ಬಂದ ಆದರಶದ ಹಾದಿಯಲಲಿ ನಡಿಯುವುದೋ ಎಂಬ ಗೊಂದಲದ ವಿವರಣೆ ......... ಕಾಲಮಾನ ಆಗಿನದದಾದರೂ ಒಂದು ಕಷಣವೂ ಬೇಸರ ತರದ ಪುಸತಕ.....
Its a Must Read !!!!ಮತದಾನ .....ಎಸ್.ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪ ಅವರ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಓದಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿದ ಮೊದಲನೇ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ..... ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದೇನೆಂದರೆ, ಇದರ ಕಥಾ ವಸ್ತು ಹಾಗೂ ಅದು ನಡೆಯುವ ಕಾಲಮಾನ ತುಂಬಾ ಹಳೆಯದಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಕೂಡ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಸರಿ ಹೊಂದುತ್ತವೆ ..... ಕಥಾ ನಾಯಕನು ತಾನು ತನ್ನ ಹೃದಯದ ಮಾತು ಹಾಗೂ ತನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಕೊಡುವುದೋ ಅಥವಾ ತಾನು ನಡೆದು ಬಂದ ಆದರ್ಶದ ಹಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡಿಯುವುದೋ ಎಂಬ ಗೊಂದಲದ ವಿವರಣೆ ......... ಕಾಲಮಾನ ಆಗಿನದ್ದಾದರೂ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣವೂ ಬೇಸರ ತರದ ಪುಸ್ತಕ.....
Brilliant book!! The story of a man who desires to change the system around him and gets a feeling of the harsh reality of life. S.L.Bhyrappya proves time and again that he is one of the greatest storytellers in the vernacular space of Indian Literature. The story, character setting, inner struggles of characters are very well portrayed. Mathadana which means voting, explores the tragedy of electorate in rural India and dance of democracy. A Must Read !
Matadana is a book on politics/election system in India. It revolves around a young Doctor who is serving society through his profession. Story takes a twist when Doctor decides to extend his public work by entering into politics. Author has brilliantly depicted caste based politics operating in Indian society.
Bhyrappa was born in a Hoysala Karnataka Brahmin family at Santeshivara, a remote village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 200 km from Bangalore. He lost his mother to Bubonic plague early in childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education. His childhood influences include the Kannada literature Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar; Bhyrappa briefly participated in the IndiaEarly life
Bhyrappa was born in a Hoysala Karnataka Brahmin family at Santeshivara, a remote village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 200 km from Bangalore. He lost his mother to Bubonic plague early in childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education. His childhood influences include the Kannada literature Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar; Bhyrappa briefly participated in the Indian freedom struggle when he was aged 13. Bhyrappa completed his primary education in Channarayapatna taluk before moving to Mysore where he completed the rest of his education. His autobiography, Bhitti (Wall) records a break in his high school education. Bhyrappa impulsively quit school, following his cousin's advice and wandered for a year with him. His sojourn led him to Mumbai, where he worked as a railway porter. In Mumbai he met a group of sadhus and joined them to seek spiritual solace. He wandered with them for a few months before returning to Mysore to resume his education.
High School - Navodaya High School (now), Channarayapatna, Sharada Vilas High School, Mysore B.A (Hons) - Philosophy (Major), Mysore University M.A - Philosophy, awarded the gold medal by Mysore University Doctor of Philosophy - Satya mattu Soundarya (Truth and Beauty) written in English, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
S L Bhyrappa was a lecturer of Philosophy at Sri Kadasiddheshwar college, Hubli, Sardar Patel University of Gujarat, NCERT Delhi, and the Regional College of Education, Mysore from where he retired in 1991. Bhyrappa has two sons, and lives with his wife in Mysore.
Bhyrappa has produced several popular novels. Some of his early novels were also critically acclaimed. Starting with Dharmashree, first published in 1961, Bhyrappa has authored twenty novels in a career spanning four decades. His major novels have generated public discussions and debates. Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Matadana and Nayi Neralu have been made into films and have bagged major awards. Vamshavruksha has received Kannada Sahitya Academy Award in 1966 and Daatu (Crossing Over) has received both Kannada and Kendra Sahitya Academy awards in 1975. Parva has been the most discussed and applauded among all of his novels. It narrates the social structure, values and the mystery of mortality in the epoch of Mahabharata very effectively. Bhyrappa reconstructed Mahabharatha from sociological and anthropological angle, through metaphors in this novel. In addition to novels, Bhyrappa has written tomes pertaining to literature and philosophy such as ' Satya mattu saundarya ' ( Truth and beauty ), Sahitya mattu prateeka, Kate mattu katavastu and Naneke bareyuttene?.
Bhyrappas novels have been translated into most Indian languages and English. Bhyrappa has been the top selling author in Kannada for past 25 years and past 8 years in Marathi. He has also been among the top five best selling authors in Hindi. Most of his novels have been reprinted several times. His latest novels Aavarana & Kavalu was sold out even before its release. The novel went on to create a record in Indian literary world by witnessing 10 reprints within five months of its release. All his novels are published by Saahitya Bhandaara located in "Balepet" Bangalore
Bhyrappa was the center of controversies in certain quarters because of his selection of themes and also because of his stands. Most of Bhyrappa's prominent novels (Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane, Parva, and Saartha) have strong roots in ancient Indian philosophical tradition, a fact which invited severe criticism initially from the Navya writers and from others later. Bhyrappa supported N. R. Narayana Murthy when the latter was criticized by media and public regarding the controversy concerning playing instrumental version of national anthem. ...more