When TS Goravara started writing poems and short stories during his graduation, people doubted his skills – they accused him of plagiarism and said he had no talent. Fast forward to 2021, Goravara is popular in the Kannada Literary Circle for the journal he publishes once every three months. Through Sangaata Pustaka, Goravara offers new writers from different backgrounds a space to write their stories, poems and even review novels or analyze the current trend in Kannada literature. Sounds interesting, right? Let me tell you how it all came to be.
Back to the beginning
Goravara says, “When people doubted my skills and commented on my work, I honestly wondered if the knowledge or art of writing was limited to a particular community or class of people. Coming from a humble family where my father and mother worked as laborers on other farms, I was the first in my family to be educated and earn a double degree. After completing my SSLC at a government school in Rajur village in Gadag district, I studied arts at PUC and got my bachelor’s degree at a private institution. College in Gajendragad taluk. Since I was doing well in studies, everyone encouraged my parents to help me continue my higher education. I pursued a Masters in Journalism at Karnatak University in Dharwad. “
Even during his college days, Goravara was active in student politics and joined the Student Federation of India (SFI). He not only learned about the political state of the country, but began to read many books to deepen his knowledge and address people during speeches. “My interest in Kannada literature grew and I started visiting public libraries to read books. During my postgraduate studies my love for books deepened, I was only spending time in the university library. During my university studies, I wrote Whenever there was a competition organized by media or educational institutions, I was the first to participate and I even won cash prizes, ”explains this player from 34 years old.
The beginning of his literary journey
The first story Goravara wrote was based on women from a particular community in Karnataka who go to fetch hair from people or in beauty salons. The hair is then straightened and made into supplements for women. But why this story, this community, these women? Gorarava explains, “When I was studying in Gajendragad, I passed this community on my way to university. I spent time observing their life up close. The community still exists today in some of the small towns and villages. I decided to write something based on my experience with them and of course add some fiction. My first story was Chouri Maaro Nuggi Kathe and it was very popular. Since then, there has been no turning back for me. In 2006-07, I wrote seven short stories and published them as a book called Brahme. This book was my first Katha Sankalana (collection of stories). “
When you are a young writer and a novice, it is difficult to convince people to publish your book. But that didn’t worry Goravara much as he was confident in his stories. He spoke to the Kannada Pustaka Pradikara, an organization that facilitates a network of writers, publishers and vendors. He says: “Each year the Kannada Pustaka Pradikara provides funds to authors under 35 who wish to publish their writings. It was the funds of this organization that helped me to publish Brahme in (year). Since then, I have subsequently published several books, including a novel, prose and poetry. One of my books, Aadu Kaayo Hudugana Dinachari, won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award. This story was written based on my childhood experiences caring for sheep in the My Stories revolve around mundane things that others consider small and common. “
The opportunity of a lifetime
Returning to his literary Kannada journal, Sangaata Pustaka, he started publishing it in 2018. “I was working at the time with a famous Kannada newspaper as an assistant editor. At one point, I felt it was all too routine and monotonous. While working for the newspaper, I started planning my own literary journal as there are fewer journals examining Kannada literature. This is how Sangaata Pustaka was born. Initially, I worked at home because there was not a lot of money to invest. But as the diary was off to a good start, I went to Dharwad and opened my office in the city. My wife, who is a teacher in a public school, helps me financially to put out such a beautiful literary journal once every three months, “he explains.
Explaining what he publishes in the journal, he says, “When I started writing during my college years, I didn’t have a lot of platforms to publish my work. We know that many young people in rural areas are extremely talented. All they need is a little help and someone to help them learn good writing skills. My journal is the platform for many new writers. During the quick few months, we had a letter carrier, a school teacher, and other people from various backgrounds who wrote for our journal. Some experienced writers also regularly contribute articles. From publishing and selling about 50 journals to the current sale of 1,600, this is a great satisfaction for me.
Currently, Goravara plans to increase the frequency and publish the newspaper once a month. He says, “Once the lockdown is over, my team and I plan to do a monthly journal. We hope to make ourselves financially stronger.”