Samskara has attained iconic status in the pantheon of Kannada literature. It is hailed as a unique literary piece in the Navya tradition. The novel is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when it was first published. Values-tradition, mores-rationality, rituals-humanity - the eternal conflict between these ideas is the crux of this novel of Praneshacharya's conflict, the question of Naranappa's fate, Chandri's existence and the plight of the town.
This novel marks the beginning of the literary journey of the great novelist, SL Bhyrappa. Religion, values, life - these fundamental aspects of human life find reflection in the novel and leads to logical analysis of the society at large. This novel holds a prominent position in the literary tradition of the Kannada language. Four decades after being published, the novel retains its freshness and relevance.
Maasti was one of the first writers of modern Kannada literature, and Is known to most of his readers through his short and long stories, and novels. He was honoured by Sri Jayachamraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore, with the title, Rajasevaprasakta. Maasti Venkatesa Jeevan Karyalaya (MVJK) Trust is the caretaker of his legacy today. MVJK Trust has brought out his writings in 100 short stories in five volumes. One long story and nine short stories have been collected in this volume.
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