- Publisher: East West Books (30 January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8188661252
- ISBN-13: 978-8188661251
- Package Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 1.2 cm
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Mahasweta: A Novel Paperback – 30 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fiction pieces and four books for children.
Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over four lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.
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At the heart of it, Mahasweta is the story of Anupama, hailing from a very poor family from Karnataka (India). She is a very bright student and is studying on scholarships. She also works for NGOs and is interested in Sanskrit literature and does a lot of stage plays based on stories long forgotten. She meets Anand, a doctor from a very affluent and wealthy family, they fall in love with each other, get married ( though Anand's mom is not keen, she agrees in fear of losing her son). Anand leaves after marriage to pursue his studies to US and leaves behind Anupama who would join him later because Anand's mom wants her to host the Lakshmi Puja in which the whole city is invited and perform the puja herself, which is a big deal for his mother. Everything goes well for Anupama and she is living her dream life until one day she notices a white patch on her leg. Her fears are confirmed by the doctor, who tells her she is suffering from leucoderma. What happens next and how her life changes is the main theme of this book.
Leucoderma changed Anupama's life, but more importantly it changed how people looked at her. The social reactions, the pity and being accused of having something like this before marriage. People in Anupama's village reacted as well. And the pain, the shame of it all, I think Sudha Murthy has been very successful in capturing the emotions that bind our lives.
Another thing that really touched me is the epilogue in which the author recounts a real life story of a women who suffered from leucoderma after her engagement. It was a very touching story and it was a great reminder of how this book changed someone's life. I highly recommend this book.