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Pulsating Portraits of Telugu Rural Life

Pulsating Portraits of Telugu Rural Life

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Book Review on "Selected Stories by Tripuraneni Gopichand" - Translated in English by GRK Murty
Book Review on "Selected Stories by Tripuraneni Gopichand" - Translated in English by GRK Murty

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Published by: GRK Murty on May 03, 2011
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Pulsating Portraits of Telugu Rural Life
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C Subba Rao
Former Head, Department of English,SVRM College, Nagaram.
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The one remarkable thing aboutTripuraneni Gopichand is that he is veryclearheaded, unbiased and unprejudiced.As a creative writer and artist he iscommitted to the demands of art,without allowing himself to be carriedaway by any didactic obsessions becausehe knows that didacticism dilutes thequality of art. He is a writer who hasdistinguished himself in all the genres of literature which he has attempted
novel, short story, philosophical essay and playwriting. He is anintellectual of the top order but he never allows his intellect or vastscholarship or his thorough grasp of almost all philosophical systems toovershadow the creative beauty of his writings. That is to say that hehas tremendous balance and restraint which are very much needed increative writing.His short stories are woven around unpretentious themes anduncommonly common people. We find him almost all the timedelineating the cultural matrix of the countryside of Andhra Pradesh.He is a story teller who does not depend for effect upon vulgar
 
sensationalism or cheap suspense element. He relies instead on livelycharacterization and evocation of atmosphere proper to and necessaryfor the story. Everyone knows the depth of his philosophical knowledgebut it is refreshing to notice that he rarely philosophizes; he onlypresents in vivid terms the actual scenes from real life, especially thelife of the farming community, the domestic relations of simple folks. In
“Attachment”, he graphically depicts the intense attachment to the
fields, of a farmer who has spent all his lifetime toiling and working inthem, not just for living but out of a sort of spiritual affinity. In
“Introspection” he makes us vividly feel the tug
-of-war raging silently inthe mind of a wife between honest housewifely love and an unfulfilledspirit of independence natural to all of us, though she is devoted to her
husband. “Rivalry” is a fine story in which fatherly love and nobility of 
character win over the erring son. Gopichand has the courage of conviction to follow the dictates of his judgment without ever thinking
for a moment of what others might comment. “Obedient Husband” is a
very short story which fills just a page, but it ends with a telling effect.Ramarao is upset that his friend Kistappa blindly believes whatever hiswife tells him, but when asked who has told him so, he tells him that hehas been told by his wife. Funny and ironical! Brevity is one of the
virtues of Gopichand’s writings. In “Fear” the uncertainties and the
ultimate loneliness in life as well as the irony of contentment are very

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