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, he fashioned two more ‘plot
and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less
Crown and Crossing the Mirage
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) into English (can be found in World Public
Library, Constitution Society, Boloji.com, Vedanta spiritual Library etc.) and shaping two stage
plays, Slighted Souls and Men at work on Women at work, he returned to
fiction with Glaring Shadow in the
stream of consciousness mode and Prey on
the Prowl, a crime novel. Back onto the stage, he wrote Castle of Despair
and a radio play A love on hold.
His ‘Addendum to
Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ was
published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05
BS, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, 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 Engineering.
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, ‘200’ 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...
Madhu and his mistress Mala were poisoned and Pravar, Mala’s brother, implicates Madhu’s wife Radha in the double murder. Radha seeks Dhruva’s help even as Kavya, rescued by him, takes to her kidnapper Pravar. The series of death by poisoning that follow puzzle Dhruva no end.
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...
With boundless gratitude to the peerless
the director–actor of Telugu theatre,
who had opened the wide windows to the grand stage
the sneaking view of which enabled me to shape these plays
Scene – 1
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 their palatial ...
A consciousness streaming novel containing 30 chapters with appropriate titles.
"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 non fiction novel 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 t...
A story of a young woman's love.
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 ...
A story of a lifetime.
“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
If Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace. What is more, many believe that reading Sundara Kãnda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Well 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 ...
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.
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...