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తెలుగు కథాభిమానులు “మా పసలపూడి కథలు” తప్పక చదివే ఉంటారు. వంశీ  గారు స్వాతి వార పత్రికకి రాసిన కథలు కథా ప్రపంచంలోనే ఒక విప్లవం అని చెప్పొచ్చు. కేవలం “మా పసలపూడి కథలు” చదవడానికే  స్వాతి వారపత్రికని  కొనేవారు అనడంలో ఎటువంటి అతిశయోక్తి లేదు. గోదావరి అంటేనే అందం. ఇక దాని చుట్టూ ఉన్న గ్రామాల అందాల గురించి చెప్పాలంటే మాటలు చాలవు. అలాంటి ఒక అందమైన గ్రామమే పసలపూడి. వంశీ గారీ  ఊరు.

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“Meena” by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani: Book Review

The cover image and the blurb of a very old book caught my eye at my grandparents’ home one summer. On an impulse, I read the book. To my pleasant surprise, this two-part series turned out to be my most cherished read, which stayed with me long after, and there began my love affair with the author.

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Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani, her stories, her plots and her writing are such a delight. If you are interested purely in the tale, the narrative and the emotions, she is unparalleled. She makes you her slave, driving your emotions from love to extreme hate in a matter of a few pages. Continue reading

Andhra Mahabharatamu Part 3 : How The Epic Reached Completion

This is the last post in my three-piece series about Andhra Mahabharatamu and the three poets who contributed to this epic project that spanned almost to 3 centuries. The first two posts were on the contributions of Adikavi Nannayya and Tikkanna Somayaji.

With Tikkanna Somayaji’s marathon contribution, the Andhreekarana of Mahabharata was almost complete, except for the second half of the Aranya Parva left incomplete by Adi Kavi Nannayya.  Some scholars opine that a superstition was the reason that Tikkanna stayed away from this part. Others opine that the difference between the styles of both, made him put off writing the remnant chapter. For all we know, it might be the lack of inspiration! Knowing the reformer and the political mind Tikkanna is, it is highly unlikely that he would have given in to a superstition and left out the small part. About fifty years after Tikkanna, the remaining half of the Aranya Parva was taken up by Yerrapragada, or Yerrana. Continue reading

Andhra Mahabharatamu Part 2: How It Was Resumed After 200 Years

This is in continuation to my last post on Andhra Mahabharatamu. This post will dwell on Kavibrahma Tikkanna Somayaji, who continued the Andhreekarana of Mahabharata, which was left incomplete with the death of Adikavi Nannayya.

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Tikkanna Somayaji lived in the thirteenth century CE during the Kakatiya period. The socio-political conditions in which Nannayya and Tikkanna lived were totally different. Nannayya’s aim was to give an intellectual response, rooted in Vedic philosophy, to the Jain supremacist arguments put up by earlier poets.  However, Tikkana’s inspiration sprung from the divisions in society arising due to extremist elements of different faiths. Continue reading

Andhra Mahabharatamu Part 1: How It Laid The Foundation For Telugu Literature

(Read Part 2 of this series here.)

Whenever the Vedic legacy faces a crisis, the fifth Veda, which is the Mahabharata, takes a new shape to redefine Dharma.

This is a loose translation of a statement made in the preface to the Andhra Mahabharatamu edition by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The conditions that led to the composition of Andhra Mahabharatamu validate the quote. The Telugu version of the epic Mahabharata has a unique distinction of being composed by not one, but three poets belonging to three different generations. It took close to 300 years for this book to reach completion. These three poets are collectively called as Kavitrayam (“Poet Trinity”) among the Telugu literary sphere. The scope of this post is to observe the conditions that inspired each of the poets to take up this work. Continue reading

A Literature Primer For The Telugu Noob

We figured that most of us English-speaking Telugus cannot / do not read Telugu literature. For the amateur Telugus out there who have never touched a Telugu book but who want to, here is a small list of books that we think can serve as a gateway to get in touch with literature. This isn’t a master list, and we would love to hear your own thoughts on how beginners can get started on Telugu literature so that we may extend this list.

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A Love Letter to Telugu Dubbed Hollywood Movies

Before I grew up and became a snob who scoffs at Telugu cinema and started writing smart-ass reviews making fun of them, I was a kid in love with the same cinema. And like any other kid, I loved my movies full of adventure and action. But sadly ( no disrespect to Chirus and Balayyas of tollywood), there are only few ways you can beat up a bunch of ugly goons before it gets repetitive and predictive. Continue reading