ARUDAINA KSHANAM: Vinnakota Ramachandra Kaundinya; Kaundinya Prachuranalu, 121, Srila Heights, East Marredpally, Secunderabad-500026. Rs. 50.
OF THE nine short stories in this volume, the title piece stands out for the harmonious blend of the content and technique, giving the reader the satisfaction of having read a story of a kind that is hard to come by these days. The story has, as its theme, the traumatic experience a Sikh family underwent in the dreadful aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination. The dramatic immediacy adopted in the narration has the effect of making the reader actually feel, as it were, the poignancy of the situation and the emotional upheaval of various shades the victims went through. The humaneness still extant in society brings the joy of relief in the end. How difficult it is for a middle class family to get a house on rent in a city is brought out in ‘Sarmabava-illaveta'. The story is enlivened by a dash of humour which the author uses to highlight the contrasting strands of human relationship. ‘Bade Saibu' dons a tiger's role during the annual Dussera festival and delights the whole village with his dance. One year it coincides with Ramzan, but the mandatory fasting fails to dampen Saibu's spirits. The temple priest welcomes him with an embrace after the sunset and offers him prasadam. ‘Gamyam' depicts the dilemma parents, in their advanced age, encounter: whether to live with sons/daughters or away from them, independently and face the prospect of loneliness. Kaundinya portrays a world where ideals rather than emotions take centre-space.
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