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Stories Varied: A Book Of Short Stories by BS Murthy
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 other woman well in time. Just as Love’s How’s That inflames her old flame, A Hearty Turn brings the female lesbian leanings to the fore. As Love Jihad bridges lovers’ religious divide with a secular plank, Tenth Nook creates a marital gulf on the material plane. If Eleventh Hour is about woman’s lust for love, Twelfth Tale underscores her quest for power.
Genre: Short Stories
Prey On The Prowl: A Crime Novel by BS Murthy
As Assistant Radha asserts that it was Kavya who had the means and the motive to murder Ranjit her spouse, Pravar her paramour and Shakeel the cop, who played foul with Pravar, reckoning that when the ill motives of the natural suspects to commit a murder are an open secret, someone with a hidden agenda might be tempted to use that as a camouflage for his subterfuge, Detective Dhruva begins to look around for the culprit.
Onto The Stage: Slighted Souls and Other Stage and Radio Plays by BS Murthy
While 'Slighted Souls' deals with the rebellion of the downtrodden, 'Men at work on Women' at work is about sexual harassment at work place. Even as 'Castle of Despair' is built on the ground of man's urge for success, 'A Love on Hold' depicts the drama of love and possession.
Glaring Shadow: A Stream of Consciousness Novel by BS Murthy
‘Glaring Shadow’ 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.
Benign Flame -Saga of Love by BS Murthy
As Roopa’s father couldn't help her become a doctor, she marries Sathyam, hoping that he would help her cause, but when he fails her, feeling used by him, she insensibly seeks lesbian solace in her friend Sandhya’s embrace. Later, losing her heart to Raja Rao, Sandhya’s husband, she finds herself in a dilemma of love, even as Sathyam’s friend Prasad woos her to distraction. Unfolding the compelling saga of Roopa’s love and loss, governed by the vicissitudes of life, this 'novel' endeavor nuances man-woman chemistry on one hand, and portrays woman-woman empathy on the other.
When, in an absorbing story, these and other inimitable characters began to come alive in an intricate plot, I could sense that my maiden novel was turning out into a work of art on the Indian literary stage, and so I was desperate to live up to its completion in its poetic prose. Oh, how I feared death then, and what a relief it was as I lived to keep up with the muse to complete 'Benign Flame'!
But what a poetic justice it was though that the publishers’ apathy, for a literary foray into an uncharted fictional arena, pushed me into Roopa’s despondent shoes, leg for leg! So to say, to atone for myself, and to earn for her the empathy, at least, of a few discerning readers, I self-published it, in which some have found freshness - “it’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs” – for, after all, Raja Rao famously goads the deviant Roopa to love Sathyam too to make him happy.
Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar.
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About The Author: 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' into English 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 Issue 18.
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.
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