Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa (D V Gundappa), known more popularly as DVG, was/is a well known Kannada (one of the Dravidian languages from southern India) writer and a philosopher. Born in 1887 in Mulabagilu province (in Kolar district, Karnataka), DVG obtained fundamental education in Kannada as well as English, while learning Sanskrit on his own. Although his formal education did not proceed beyond high school, his works have been serving as graduate study material. antahpura geetegaLu, baaLigondu nambike, jeevana dharma yoga, jnyaapaka chitra shaale, maruLa muniyana kagga, samskruti, umarana osage …. are some of his well known works, mankutimmana kagga is undoubtedly the crown jewel. It is not uncommon to find that there is hardly any aspect of life that this work does not touch. Hailed as the common man’s bible by many – for simplicity of language, vastness, greatness and poetic flow of content – scope and understanding of almost every verse from this work seems to grow richer and deeper with one’s own experience in life.