I was in my intermediate when I cut college to go and see Manthan in Olympiatheatre in Mysore. For me, it was one more movie in the passing, well madewith a good story. I was already appreciating Shyam Benegal and had seen hisearlier movies and was a bit surprised that this appeared to be commerciallyappealing and was also a modest success. I really had no idea at that point intime that this movie, the man and the idea behind it would turn out to be soinfluential that it would dictate my career choices, in a way.
About four or five years later I was thrown up with a difficult choice [possiblyon January 31st of 1982]. I was to take the entrance exam of Institute of RuralManagement, Anand[IRMA]on that morning when we had a college trip. I was inmy final year degree, and this was the last time we were all going to betogether. I somehow chose to take the exam of IRMA, then an unknown institutejust because it had the word “rural” in it and I fancied [as a budding writer inKannada] that getting to see villages will make my writing richer, and I neededall the experiences that this could provide. I was not sure at that point that Iwanted to make a career in rural management, but a career in managementlooked attractive. It did not carry the hype we have now, but it certainly
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