A Word With You, World: The Autobiography of a Poet


Author: Siddalingaiah

9788189059552 | PB | pp. 302 | 2013 | Navayana

A Word With You, World is a vivid evocation of everyday life and labor, of conviviality and courage, of poverty and loss.

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A Chaplinesque autobiography that will make you laugh and cry.

A poet tracks his journey from a dalit colony on the edges of Magadi town, where he would rather roam the hills and wade in rivers than attend school to the hardships of living in dalit hostels in the city. Instead of despairing in his poverty, he turns to poetry. This makes the poet look at the benefits of sleeping on the streets of Bangalore, ‘The imagination of people who sleep under the star-studded sky takes wing. They become close to the moon.’ We hear Siddalingaiah’s fiercely political and poetic voice mature as he tastes success as an orator and legislator, but his mood for mischief never diminishes. He regards a chief minister and an idli vendor with the same degree of affectionate irreverence.











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About the Author

Siddalingaiah (born 1954, Magadi, Bangalore) is an Indian poet and playwright writing in the Kannada language, and a Dalit activist and politician. He is credited with starting the Dalit-Bandaya movement in Kannada and with starting the genre of Dalit writing. He is one of the founders of the Dalita Sangharsh Samiti along with B. Krishnappa.

He has been head of the Department of Kannada at Bangalore University and a member of the University Syndicate of Kannada University, Hampi. He is acknowledged as a symbol of the Dalit movement and a leading public intellectual and Kannada poet.


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