Ranga Shankara Yuva Natakakotsava 2017
‘Mouni’ is a confrontation between Appanna Bhatta and Kuppanna Bhatta, two average Brahmin landowners from a Malnad village, stuck in an entangled property dispute. The former is talkative, practical and therefore more successful in life, while the latter is silent, an introvert and impractical. At the end of the story, the practical one wins the battle in a worldly sense. However, when Kuppanna comes for the final encounter, Appanna remains completely silent, and through his silence ‘defeats’ the former. There is nothing ‘political’ in this story except for a dramatic confrontation between two characters; the story does not even comment on either of them, except that it provides the reader a richly variegated way of thinking which is evocative enough to enable us to read the story in many contexts, ranging from feudal land relations to globalization.