Category Archives: History

Old words. New meanings

Words change in meaning as times change. The other day I found some one on the net referring to “Dal Makhni” as “decadent.” Can dal makhni, steaming , fresh and exuding an enticingly fine aroma be rightly called decadent? What … Continue reading

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The Postman by Devarkonda Bala Gangadhar Tilak

The Postman . by D. Bala Gangadhar Tilak translated by Versakay …………x…………. My dear Subba Rav,o Not to be seen these days ? What?!You want me to write a lyric about ‘The Post Man.’ ? Are you joking? Our ancestors … Continue reading

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Wide eyes -3

…..with bated breath he jumps out towards the window and catches hold of a widow-rod and steadies himself…. v.n.3 It required some effort to smooch her from across the widow-rods.He desires to whisper something into her ears. But it can … Continue reading

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Wide eyes-2

V.N-2 It is now, the last third of the night, the third Jamu as they call it, the four hour span, from 2.00 a.m to 6 a.m. Even that is slowly creeping to a close. He is not yet fortunate … Continue reading

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Wide eyes.

Here is my attempt at translation, into English, of a few opening paragraphs of a famous Telugu novel ‘Visala Netralu’ (Wide Eyes ) of Pilaka Ganapati Sastry, which I read long decades ago, in the Telugu weekly ‘Andhra Patrika’ In … Continue reading

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The Talk-Shop at The Chieftain’s Porch

The topics veer around to the war in Europe or the feasibility of exploration of moon, Every body has a go at it. The Karanam garu is itching, with a sneer around his lips, to have his last word.And the … Continue reading

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The Cheiftain’s Court

The Front porch- contd….. I was telling you about the porches of the abodes of the village officers.. They used to be bustling with activity until the evening. Particularly the porch of the Karanam garu. Land revenue collections, confiscations of … Continue reading

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