The Google before the real Google came along

churumuri records with regret the passing away of the Kannada critic and columnist H.S. Krishnaswamy Iyengar in Mysore on Friday. He was 89 years old. A longtime columnist on matters economic with Praja Vani and Sudha, HSK wrote every week in Star of Mysore.

Admirers recall his “discipline, prolific output, and encyclopedic knowledge in the pre-internet/ Google™/ Wikipedia era”. The University of Mysore had decorated itself by honouring HSK with the honoris causa a few years ago.

In many ways, HSK was the typical old-style Mysorean: a full-sleeves shirt buttoned at the wrists but tucked out, simple leather chappals, and for a true man of letters, a residence in Saraswathipuram. Rest in peace.

Photograph: courtesy Datta Peetam