All three children talk about such perambulations with their father, the road-trips they took, and how he taught them about art, architecture, music and life.
The setting for all this action is Balavana, their family homestead where people would drop in to chat and connect. Here, Karanth held court, wrote his many works of literature, took in students, friends and strays, taught them things, and reframed Yakshagana into a modern form while retaining its essence.
It is clear that Shivarama Karanth was someone who followed his bliss, whether it was taking on projects that threw the family more into debt, or going on a voyage to Europe to see its museums.
It is also clear that his wife, Leela Alva Karanth was the anchor to his sails. She is portrayed as a vibrant, compassionate and impactful woman, at least in the early years.
There are many episodes that portray Leela as someone who goes out of her way to make people comfortable– perhaps to her detriment, as her later years show.