G. S. Sadashiva, a sensitive short story writer, passed away recently. In a warm homage, friends remember his quite, affectionate ways

A sensitive writer, brilliant journalist, discerning translator, caring buddy, encouraging leader, endearing associate - and above all, a very gentle and affectionate human being. That is how people who knew him from close quarters described G.S. Sadashiva at a condolence meeting organised by the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) on January 16. "When we remember those heady days of the Navya movement (in 1970s and 80s), several writers come to mind," recalled Prof. Chandrasekhara Patil, Chairman, KSP. "Sadashiva is one of them. He wrote less, but whatever he did was precious. His work showed a rare sensitivity and understanding."Senior journalist Dr. R. Poornima recalling her long association with Sadashiva reminisced: "It was the beginning of my career as a journalist (at Prajavani). I was struck by his warm and welcoming personality. He was known to be an introvert and as one who walked with a leisurely stride. But in terms of his thinking, awareness and insight he was really fast... He use to be a part of several movements; Navya movement, parallel cinema or amateur theatre. As an invaluable bridge, he brought the essence of these movements to the grasp of common readers. He was a thorough gentleman, large hearted and encouraging. At the same time, his pen was razor sharp. Who could forget his stories like Meeseyavaru and Ondu Dantakate, written in the days of Emergency?"For journalist Girish Rao, Sadashiva was an inspiring model, worthy of emulating. "Like Kafka, he too reflected deeply and represented the human dilemma in his stories; his protagonists were invariably seen trapped by cruel forces of a vicious system. He wrote not more than 30 stories, but all of them were crisp and highly controlled; he never resorted to gimmicks... I can clearly recall his last day at the office (Kannada Prabha) — with a half-burnt cigarette in hand, a tea cup on the table and a welcoming silence... He was, incidentally, a brilliant Sudoku player, solving the toughest puzzle within minutes." Dr. M.S. Thimmappa, former vice-chancellor of Bangalore University knew Sadashiva for over five decades, since the time they were fellow-hostellers in a High School at Sagar (Shimoga district). "Three of us (that included Giri, who later became a prominent writer himself) were famously called `the inseparables'... Later in Bangalore, our friendship continued as intensely... Those days I used to ride a scooter and Sadashiva was a regular pillion. Once there was a very minor accident when I brushed past a pedestrian on Double Road. Sadashiva kept on grumbling that I should've stopped and seen what had happened to that person. Not able to withstand his nagging, I reversed the scooter from Lalbagh and came back. The person had gone, obviously he was not hurt. A few days later, Sadashiva wrote a brilliant story based on this incident!" "Although educated in political science, Sadashiva sensibly opted to be part of cultural journalism, and not political reporting," recalled V. N. Subba Rao, Chairman, Karnataka Madhyama Academy. "He never got sucked by power politics; and thus managed to retain his sanity and sensitivity." GIRIDHAR KHASNIS