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    The Emerald Route is Narayan's account of his travels across his homeland in Karnataka It is divided into five parts and describes the scenes histories and the cultural heritage of a greater part of the state Taken together Narayan goes from Belur and Halebid to Gulbarga and Hampi from the hills of Mangalore on the coast to the Kolar goldfields from the battlefield of Tipu Sultan's Srirangapatnam to the rocks of Bellary RK Narayan is a storyteller and it is like a storyteller that he describes the places he visits with a little bit of history cultural traditions and personal reflections thrown in for taste Though a good attempt for starters I missed descriptions of local food and delicacies especially given that food has become such an integral part of the travel writing experience RK Narayan is a storyteller and it is like a storyteller that he describes the places he visits with a little bit of history cultural traditions and personal reflections thrown in for taste History and culture of course have to be woven into the story but evidently it fails Nonetheless a good attempt to document the richness of Karnataka

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    RK Narayan taps the soul of Karnataka India His prose intermeshing geography history art culture and personal experiences serves as a guiding star to true explorer's uest to learn about any part of the world

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    A short and crispy travelogue of Karnataka Look out for the stories at the end

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    Did you know that Bangalore or rather Bengaluru actually means 'Town of Boiled Beans'? Or did you know that in some corner of Karnataka lies a temple dedicated to Surpanaka? Yes the notorious rakshasi from the Ramayana who wanted to marry Lakshmana actually has a temple built in her honor in the tiny village of SupaThe Emerald Route is a uick read that is laced with many interesting tidbits like these The title is a reference to the brilliant patches of green that RK Narayan and his brother RK Laxman witnessed as they traveled in the southern Indian state of Karnataka As I first started reading the book I thought it was really dry and lacked RK Narayan's personal narrative which was frankly what I was looking for It seemed to go on and on about rulers and temples and wars rather like ramblings in a history text I initially gave up and after a while picked up from where I left since my dad gave it a glowing review and was I glad I did Some of the legends associated with places on the Emerald Route were really interesting I particularly found the story about the battle of Seringapattam and how Tipu Sultan had to give two of his young sons as hostage to the British uite fascinating Little known things to usTowards the end of the novel RK Narayan writes a bit about his own experience travelling on the route for example he writes about watching a khedda which is a method used by mahouts to trap wild elephants He also includes a story about the famous Hoysala era sculptor Jakanachari In the afterword he explains why he had to be so impersonal writing about the Emerald Route 'one cannot joke when writing about kings and wars'A delightful read which makes you thirst for a bit of adventure At the end of it my dad and I were craving to travel on the same route

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    The Emerald Route is a travelogue written by R K Narayan He details the cultural and mythological history of various cities in Karnataka Narayan presents the mythological history alongside with the facts about the place and gives you a glimpse of his character He presents them as true stories that have happened in those placesFor example Narayan shares the story that Sankara was born with a definite time of 16 years to live and thus he studied all the scholarly works by 10 became a monk and started preaching When he was 16 a debate between Vyasa and Sankara took place Vyasa was the original author of the work that Sankara was discussing and not knowing this Sankara was still holding on to his stance When the debate did not end student of Sankara called for truce Ved Vyasa impressed by Sankara's knowledge of his own work granted him the boon to live for another 16 yearsThere was another interesting story that at Srirangapatinum in one of the battles that Tipu Sultan lost he had give away two of his sons aged 9 and 11 as hostages to British on conditions of surrender It seems that he got his sons back after paying huge money to BritishFilled with stories like this giving the account of history and culture of the various towns in Karnataka this book was a pleasure to read

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    Inherently boring subject like History nicely weaved by RK Narayan in his travel narratives he has very nicely described about various beautiful places in KarnatakaIn fact while reading the book I wanted to make a note of a lot of places there that I could visit sometime

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    I expected something which would give flesh to my memories of Karnataka and a recent road trip through those areasSkimmed through but could not find anything outstandingI'm not a Narayan fan anyway

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    I really loved this rare look into Karnataka's history and heritage

  9. says:

    RK Narayan is a legend His work inspired me to break all boundaries while letting the story flow

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Emerald Route The Emerald Route is a travelogue by R K Narayan It was published by Indian Thought Publications in 1980 It is a pseudo travel guide for Karnataka India The book was commissioned by the Government of Karnataka and the initial non commercial version was published in 1977 as part of a government publication The book is focused on local history culture and heritage and doesn't exhibit much of Narayan's characteristic personal narrative

  • Paperback
  • 115 pages
  • Emerald Route
  • R.K. Narayan
  • English
  • 09 April 2015
  • 9780865780750

About the Author: R.K. Narayan

R K Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in EnglishRK Narayan was born in Madras South India in 1906 and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore His first novel Swami and Friends and its successor The Bachelor of Arts are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based the