('Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals', 2002)
Marathi writer Anand Vinayak Jategaonkar (आनंद विनायक जातेगांवकर) died in January 2016. I had not read any of his books as of June 12 2016. I read his obituaries in Marathi magazine Lalit (ललित), April 2016. There he was portrayed as an avant-garde writer who did not get his due from the establishment. [Among other things, he has written a Marathi play 'Kaifiyat' (कैफियत), 2011 based on Franz Kafka's 'The Trial', 1914/15.]
On June 11 2016, I was strongly recommended a few of his books by a couple of friends whose literary tastes I respect.
One of the books was 'Aswasth Vartaman', c 2014 ('अस्वस्थ वर्तमान' / 'Restless Present'). Therefore, I ordered it on June 12 and then read first few pages of it online, on Bookganga.com.
"...आजवर हजारो मंदिरं पाडली गेली असतील, लेण्यांतील मूर्तींची तोंडं फोडून हात तोडले गेले असतील. परंतु कुणाचंही प्रार्थनास्थळ या समाजानं, या परंपरेने, या जीवनपद्धतीनं कधी तोडलं नाही…"
I have already quoted the following two passages of William Dalrymple and John Keay on this blog earlier.
Considering all this, I find Jategaonkar's writing sentimental and sloppy and I wonder if I should read his book at all!
I would have liked to tell him that, not just the present was restless, so was the past, and so would be the future.