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Ananthamurthy and URA

U R Ananthamurthy was a writer, public intellectual, a philosopher, a keeper of public conscience and much more. The complexity of Ananthamurthy was that he belonged to multiple worlds and was a critical insider in all of them.

Just about a year ago, U R Ananthamurthy was invited to the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) to deliver the foundation day lecture. It was a scheduled day of his dialysis and he had made some adjustments to be there to spend the evening with us. He came wearing a full suit, spoke in impeccable English about the three hungers of the modern day.

For a person who is usually more modestly dressed I was a bit surprised that he chose to come in a suit to IIMB. I asked him, and he told me that this suit was specially made for his attendance at the Man Booker International Prize ceremonies and his daughter suggested that he wear it for the day. On a different day, he would have possibly told me how it is important to blend with the corporate crowd – and critically look at them from within.

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