Recently, I finished reading Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy. Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation & wife of software industrialist N.R. Narayana Murthy.
Mahashweta tells the story of Anupama, an extremely beautiful and intelligent girl and her pain, her courage, determination and success.
Anupama who belongs to a poor family, directs and acts in Sanskrit plays. Dr. Anand meets her casually and instantly falls in love with her. Despite the differences in their status, Dr. Anand convinces her mother for his marriage to Anupama. After two months of marriage Dr. Anand leaves for London. Anupama was supposed to join him but her fate devises a cruel plan for her.
After few months of marriage, when her husband was away, Anupama contracts Leukoderma, a skin disease. Her mother-in-law abandons her completely and Anupama returns to her own home but there also her step-mother curses her as Anupama’s disease endangered her younger step-sister’s marriage. Moreover, Anupama’s husband never replies her letters. Assailed by misery and losing all hopes, she even tries to commit suicide but she rekindles her hope and arrives to Mumbai where she tries to start a new life for her. This book is a story of success born of struggle, confidence and hope.
Overall it’s a thought-provoking, simple and nice read.