Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mahashweta: by Sudha Murthy

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. Moreover, Anupama’s husband never replies her letters. 

Why her husband, who loved her dearly, is not responding to her letters? How she manages to rekindle her hope and collect the broken pieces of her life? 

Mahashweta is a story of success born of struggle, confidence and hope. It portrays the strength of a woman nicely. The writing is simple that makes the reading smooth and easy. 

Overall it’s a thought-provoking, quick and nice read.

1 comment:

  1. Sudha Murthy is my personal favourite as an author and also the way she has stood by Mr. Murthy.

    Mahashweta is one the master pieces written by her. A perfect ode to her, very well written!