Intellectual commitments

‘I will pay my debt to society through research in my subject. And beyond this, I owe no other debt to society.’ Having resolved this, she went on.—Vidyadhar Pundalik (1970) on Irawati Karve My first rigorous encounter with city-schooled boys and girls happened during my under-graduation. It gave me many clues about our intellectual culture, … Continue reading Intellectual commitments

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Review: Culture and values in Mahabharata

Irawati was an anthropologist and she writes like one. It is rare but not unusual for an anthropologists to mine classical texts to gain some insight about a by-gone age. As an anthropologist, she studied  structure of kinship in Mahabharata but in this book we are for a different kind of treat. This work is … Continue reading Review: Culture and values in Mahabharata