Author: Shantinath DesaiTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): G. S. AmurPublisher: Sahitya AkademiYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 293ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126025763
Om Namo tells two interrelated stories. The first of these may be called a 'love story' is about two young British citizens, Adam Desai and Ann Eagleton, who come to India on a research project in social anthropology. The relationship between the two which begins in friendship based on common interest matures into a strong commitment to each other during their stay in India. The second relates to an old family belonging to a place called Krishnapur located in the northern parts of Karnataka. This story which begins in the last decades of the twentieth century progresses in to the seventies and eighties. In the Indian context, this story may be characterized as a story of modernization. The family undergoes drastic changes because of its exposure to English education and involvement in business and politics and gradually loses its feudal character. This phenomenon gives rise to new problems which demand new solutions. Shantinath Desai has given a new dimension to Kannada Modernist fiction through his last work OM Namo, the Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel, 2000 while telling the story of three generations of a Jain family, this novel also succeeds in investigating and critiquing contemporareity. A deep reflection on faith, the contradiction between belief and practice, the inevitability of individual freedom – all these are examined in this novel through complex situations and full blooded characters. Om Namo is a significant Kannada novel in modern India context.