Schooled in letter-writing, BS
Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in
thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he fashioned two more ‘plot and
character’ driven novels, Jewel-less
Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing
through youth before switching over to the narrative non-fiction with Puppets of Faith: Theory of
Communal Strife. After
versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita
(Treatise of self-help) and
Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda
(Hanuman’s Odyssey) in
contemporary English verse (can also be found in Constitution Society.com,
Boloji.com, Vedanta Spiritual Library, gatewayforindia.com etc.) and ascending Onto the Stage - Slight Souls and
other stage and radio plays, he returned to fiction in the stream of consciousness mode with Glaring Shadow - A stream
of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel. And finally he reached
the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Shot Stories.
BS's fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it
to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in
their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid
BS's ‘Addendum to
Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was
originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal,
Vol. 05 Issue 18, which is incorporated in the Epilogue of his Jewel-less
Crown: Saga of Life.
a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi,
India, is a Hyderabad-based
Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986. He is married, to a housewife,
with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in
BS Murthy had also contributed more than a
score of articles on general and materials management issues and general
insurance topics in The Hindu,The Economic Times, The Financial Express. The Purchase and The Insurance
Times, the prominent among them being - Organizational Ethos and Good
Leadership, Reinvigorating Individual Managerial Environment (RIME) in The
Hindu, Low Morale in the Public Sector in The Financial
Express, The Psychology of Centralization and Lead-time
Management - Key to Inventory Control in The Purchase, Conceptualization
of Indemnity under Fire Insurance, Rational Evaluation of Stock Losses in
Manufacturing Units under Insurance Claims, Incongruities of Machinery
Insurance, Handling Irrelevant, Bogus and Fraudulent Fire Claims, The
Surveyor's Profession in India, and Redundancy of Spoilage Material Damage
Cover in The Insurance Times
BS takes keen
interest in politics of the day, has an ear for Carnatic and Hindustani
classical music and had been a passionate Bridge player.
The spiritual ethos and the philosophical outlook that the Bhagvad - Gita postulates paves the way for the liberation of man, who, as Rousseau said, ‘being born free, is everywhere in chains’. But equally it is a mirror of human psychology, which enables man to discern his debilities for appropriate redressal. All the same, the boon of an oral tradition that kept it alive for over two millennia became its bane with the proliferation of interpolations therein. Besides mud...
Stories Varied delve into the possibilities of woman’s life in the man’s world. While Ilaa’s Ire takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, ‘201’ Qualms depicts her predicament when torn between trust and duty. If “?” addresses woman’s marital stress in an alien land, Cupid’s Clue is about her acting on a rebound in the native place. Even as Autumn Love enables a woman to discover the void late in life, A Touchy Affair renders her amenable to her man’s ot...
“Why am I bogged down with this man-made thing without a thought for the man who made it all happen,” she thought on second-thought. ”He’s only to be blamed for that. Why not, he’s the one who maligned my mind with materialism, didn’t he? Or is it Mammon who had seduced my soul to the core? But how does that mater any way. He did desert me at the first post of adversity and that’s what matters. How shameful. Is it cowardice or callousness? How am I to know? Let him go to...
Who could have poisoned Ranjit the realtor, Shakeel the Inspector, Pravar the criminal and Natya his accomplice?
Well the needle of suspicion tilted towards Pravar that was till he perished with his mate, but then who was the one?
Could it be Radha under the scanner for her role in the death of her husband Madhu and his mistress Mala, Pravar's sister? Or was it Ranjit's spouse Kavya, who owing to Stockholm Syndrome, takes to Pravar her kidnapper.
As these deaths by ...
That June evening, the crimson sun gave in to the dark monsoon clouds to let them end its long summer reign over the Deccan skies. What with the thickening clouds thundering in triumph, Dhruva woke up from his siesta, and by the time he moved into the portico of his palatial bungalow at 9, Castle Hills, the skies had opened up to shower its sprawling lawns. It was as if the eagerness of the rainfall matched the longing of the parched soil to receive its fertile mate in a...
A compendium of the author’s stage and radio plays - while 'Slighted Souls' deals with the rebellion of the downtrodden, 'Men at work on Women at work’ is about sexual harassment at work place and even as 'Castle of Despair' is built on the ground of man's urge for success, the radio play 'A Love on Hold' depicts the drama of love and possession.
"Slighted Souls" is a poignant love story set in rural Telangana, beset with feudal exploitation of the downtrodden dalits. ...
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Voice Over: Under the British Raj in India, the self-indulging Nizams of Hyderabad abdicated the administration of their vast principality to doralu, the village heads, letting them turn the areas under their domain into their personal fiefdoms. While the successive Nizams were obsessed with building palaces and acquiring jewelry, the village heads succeeded in ushering in an oppressive era of tyrannical order. Acting as loose cannon from the...
Glaring Shadow in a stream of consciousness mode is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.
He had the soul of our times, and is the namesake of many. He tamed success by th...
"As if to stress upon my loss, another said that the beauty of his life was such that he made a huge difference to the lives of others. It was an article of faith with him that service to humanity lies in inculcating self-belief in people."
This thought-provoking 'novel'non-fiction depicts the ironies of the faiths that affected the fate of the peoples, eclipsed the cultures of communes, altered the course of history and afflicted the politics of the day. It also examines how the sanaatana dharma came to survive in India, in spite of the combined onslaught of Christianity and Islam on Hinduism for over a millennium. In essence, this book is for those who wish to be aware of the follies of their faith and th...
Pitfalls of Faith
If the ecstasy of the Quran is the soul of Islam, the legend of Muhammad is the mind of the Musalman. The exalted sense of his pedigree could have made Muhammad fiercely honest, even in the state of deprivation. It is to be appreciated that neither his insignificance as an orphan affected his self-worth nor his poverty dented his self-esteem. While nature endowed him with a shrewd mind his destiny seems to have helped him cultivate a sense of purpose. ...
The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hopin...
That winter night in the mid-seventies, the Janata Express was racing rhythmically on its tracks towards the coast of Andhra Pradesh. As its headlight pierced the darkness of the fertile plains, the driver honked the horn as though to awake the sleepy environs to the spectacle of the speeding train. On that, in the S-3, were the Ramaiahs with their nine year-old daughter Roopa.
Earlier, from Ramavaram, it was in the nick of time that Ramaiah took Janaki to Vellore for ...
This fascinating novel exemplifies the material raise and moral fall of Gautam and Sneha and also the poignant end of the latter and the spiritual rise of the former that is after the fall. Besides, this piquant story depicts the tragic life of their son Suresh Prabhu and his eventual redemption through love for and of Vidya.
Book One, Artha and Kama, is about conflict and resolution arising out of ambition and achievement, intrigue and betrayal, compulsion and compro...
“If not for my disorientation, there was no way I would've gone astray,” she said with an apparent regret. “Gautam was no mean a lover for all that. If not a victim of circumstances, I wouldn't have ended up the way I did. Surely, I shouldn't have. True, I am amorous but not amoral at all. Whatever I had undone myself, hurt my man and ruined my son. Now, I think it’s time I help my son at least to get a chance to undo his past.”
“I know how hard it is for you,” said ...
If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road.
As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment.
And as poetic justice would have it, Sathya, wh...
As if all this was not enough for his tender psyche to cope up with, he had to contend with the sternness of the paternal strictness. Thus, it was only time before the seeds of alienation towards his father were sown in his impressionable mind. But the support he got from his sister and the solace he felt in his mother’s lap helped soothe his ruffled feelings a little. In time, he reached the threshold of youth, but couldn’t cross the despair of adolescence.
If Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading Sundara Kãnda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it's in the nature of Sundara Kãnda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. After all, isn't it a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds! Again, won't it portray how Seetha, on the ...
Canto 33 - Genesis of Exile
Seeing Seetha’s demeanour change
Gladdened Hanuman’s heart no end.
Folding his hands in reverence
Approached he then Rama’s wife.
Find thee grieving for some time
What doth make thee feel so sad?
Thy eyes that are all welled up
Make they clear that thou are hurt.
From thy bearing one can see
Come that thou from noble stock.
Tend I think that thou are none
But an angel strayed to earth.
Wonder thou could be ...
In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions. Besides, the attendant philosophy of that is Bhagvad-Gita is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension.
All about Life-Chapter 2
This character defining chapter of the Gita comprising 72 slokas, known assaankhya yoga, Realization through Knowledge, is regarded by many, as the peerless part of the great epic. Arjuna’s dilemma, meanwhile, turns into grief, as the horrific prospect of slaying Bhishma, his revered granduncle, and Drona, his venerated guru, sinks into his consciousness. Bogged down by sentiment, Arjuna appeals to Lord Krishna for guidance. The Lord’s response ...