Authored By: Basavaraj Naikar
Year of Publication: 2009
|Pages: 184||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 280.00||Price in (USA) $. 15|
Light In The House Is A Fictionalised Version Of The Interesting Life Of Sharif Saheb Of Shisunala, Who Lived In Nineteenth Century India And Who Was A Rare Combination Of A Folk Artist, A Spiritual Songster, A Mystic And An Apostle Of Communal Harmony Between Hindus And Muslims. Though Born As A Muslim, He Was Instructed By A Virasaiva Preacher, Siddharamayya And A Brahmin Preacher, Govindabhatta. His Concept Of Khadar-Linga Is Ample Evidence Of His Communal Harmony, Which Is Especially Relevant To Twenty-first Century India And So Necessary For The National Integration Of The Nation. Though Initially He Began His Life As A Householder, He Soon Realised The Ephemerality Of Worldly Life. He, Therefore, Developed A Deep Sense Of Renunciation And Struggled Hard To Bring Spiritual Light To The House Called The Human Body And Dispel The Darkness Of Spiritual Ignorance. Sharif Saheb Is Often Called The ‘Kabir Of Karnataka’.
Basavaraj Naikar Has Presented The Life Of The Great Saint-poet Of India In A Very Beautiful, Poetic And Philosophical Style. No Spiritually Oriented Reader Can Fail To Enjoy This Fascinating Philosophical Novel.
Basavaraj Naikar (1949), MA, PhD, DLitt (California), Is Professor And Chairman, Department Of English At Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka, India. A Creative Writer, Translator And Bilingual Critic, He Has Written Both In Kannada And English.
The Thief Of Nagarahalli And Other Stories Was Shortlisted For The Commonwealth Fiction Prize For The Best First Book From Eurasia In The Year 2000. The Sun Behind The Cloud, A Historical Novel, And The Rebellious Rani Of Belavadi And Other Stories Were Published In 2001 And Well Received By The Critics. He Reviews Indian Literary Works Regularly For World Literature Today (Oklahoma, USA). He Has Received The Gulbarga University Award And Vasudeva Bhupalam Award For Translation; Olive Reddick Prize For Research And Gemini Academy Award For Literature. His Research Interests Include Shakespeare Studies, Indian English Literature, Anglo-Indian Literature, Commonwealth Literature And Translation Studies. He Has A Passion For Music And Philosophy.