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Chidambara Rahasya

Angaadi is an intelligence official being posted to Kesaruru -( kesaru - mud, dirt, ooru - town). Once famous for its cardamom production, this place is producing lesser cardamom year by year. The government has posted Angaadi to find out the reasons. But he wonders if there are some outside forces involved in this and if there is any link between this and the death of scientist Jogihala who was studying new species of cardamom with a very high yield.

Patil who works in the cardamom board is a rationalist and gets very angry at beliefs about ghosts and even God. He tries to convince people that there are no ghosts by giving medicine to people who were sick supposedly because of ghosts. He cures these sick people but not the blind faiths of villagers. They start thinking he can chase away ghosts!

Jayaram is a writer from Kesaruru who can write stories based on few facts such that the story looks too real to be imaginary. Angaadi asks Jayaram to tell a story linking cardamom yield, death of Jogihala, so that he can get some hunches.

KrishneGowda is a cardamom wholesaler and wannabe politician. He wants to win next election to the local body. Some one is throwing stones at his house every night. His servants are unable to find the culprit, but now are convinced that it is some devva - ghost. And one by one they all start leaving his house.

His teenage daughter Jayanthi is in love with love. She wants to fall in love. When she hears about some students from her college who are followers of Ramachandra and who are 'revolutionaries', she wants to fall in love with one of them.

The revolutionaries are Chandra, Joseph Angara, Ramesh and Gowda. These college students are unable to understand why the pretty girls from the college never notice them. They try new and innovative ways to impress the girls.

Thus goes the kannada novel "Chidambara Rahasya" by K.P.Poornachandra Tejaswi. The style is satirical in the beginning but gets really sad and tragic towards the end. A very good book.

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