This country is weird. It is a huge and colourful cobweb. There are jobs here, machines here, mechanisms here, happiness, treasures, dollars, you will find everything here. Our people fall prey to the luxury. But once they reach here, they are unable to turn back. Our country also has nothing to call them back. Our country has thousands of windows to go out, but not single door to call them back through, to take them in. You will not be able to imagine the life there. Are those people happy who end up buying only in sales and who keep on multiplying the dollar with the current rate of rupee? There they earn thousand dollars and work in very ordinary circumstances, but they pretend to earn 40 thousands and try to protect their vanity. We go over there to earn dollars, for that we leave everything that we are a part of, our people, our relatives, our origin, we face the harsh weather there but we never become a part of their life. None of the Indians understand how costly this dollar is for us. We are caught up in the marshy business of dollars. There we get a much better job than we deserve. There is no politics of language, caste etc. We can work in a happy environment with a contented mind. If I leave everything and come back then I will be very depressed.
लावण्यवती, गरीब शाळामास्तरांची मुलगी. तो एक देखणा डॉक्टर – घरंदाज,
लक्ष्मीपुत्र. सर्वांच्या मर्जीविरुद्ध त्यानं तिच्याशी लग्न केलं. परंतु
दुर्दैवानं काही महिन्यांतच तिच्या अंगावर कोडाचा पांढरा डाग उमटला आणि
साऱ्या घरादारानं त्या अभद्राला घाबरून, किळसून तिला माहेरी हाकलून लावलं —
कचराकुंडीत घाण फेकावी, तसं !........ पुढे तिनंही आपलं स्वतंत्र अवकाश
उभारलं. मात्र काही काळानं तो आतल्या आत तडफडू लागला –‘तिच्याऐवजी आपल्याला
कोड फुटलं असतं, तर तिनं आपल्याला असंच टाकून दिलं असतं का?....’ काय असते
या वास्तवातली तडफड?... काय असू शकतो अशा गोष्टींचा शेवट?....कन्नड
साहित्यातील श्रेष्ठ लेखिका सुधा मूर्ती यांनी या कादंबरीत पारंपरिक
वातावरणातून आलेल्या व आयुष्य उद्ध्वस्त करणाऱ्या संकटांनी घेरलेल्या
तरुणीला वास्तवाचं यथोचित भान देऊन, स्वत:च्या आयुष्याला समर्थपणे आकार
देण्याइतवंâ सक्षम केलं आहे. लेखिकेचे प्रगल्भ विचार व आधुनिक जीवनाशी
समन्वय साधणारी दृष्टी, यामुळे या कादंबरीला गहनता प्राप्त झाली आहे.अनेक
भारतीय भाषांत अनुवादित झालेल्या या कादंबरीचा हा उत्कृष्ट मराठी अनुवाद
वाचकांना चटका लावेल व विचारास प्रवृत्त करेल.
सुधा मूर्ती यांचे नर्मविनोदी शौलीतलं वौशिष्ट्यपूर्ण पुस्तक मराठीत! यातील सर्व व्यक्ती उत्तर कर्नाटकातल्या आहेत. त्यांचं स्वत:चं असं स्वतंत्र व्यक्तित्व आहे, तसेच ते सगळे इथल्या वौशिष्ट्यपूर्ण संस्कृतीचा भागही आहेत. त्यामुळेच हे पुस्तक म्हणजे टपोऱ्या सुगंधी मोगऱ्याच्या फुलांचा गजरा बनला आहे! या 'सर्वसाधारण' व्यक्तींमध्ये लेखिकेला जाणवणारं 'असामान्यत्व' लेखिकेच्या स्वभावातली ऋजुता अधोरेखित करतं.Sudha Murthy is from the North Karnataka. People here have a typical personality. They all carry the culture within themselves. All the stories collected here resemble the jasmine garland, each flower carrying the fragrance and interwoven in the Karnataki thread. The tenderest part of the author`s mind comes into light through the way she has pictured the uncommon aspects of the common people. She has also bathed it in light humour.
A bench, a temple, a village, people like you or me and a blind old man-These are some of the set ups in Mrs. Sudha Murty`s compilation of short stories from people across India. The Old Man And His God: Discovering The Spirit of India is a collection of individual accounts gathered by the writer from people who have their own stories to tell. The stories are such that they are very simple to understand and written in a simple way. They describe the incidents that are recorded by Mrs. Murty during her journey, which she subsequently summarized in her easy to read book. Her stories are a part of the very soul of human beings. For instance, there is one about how an old blind man gave her shelter in a storm when there was nowhere else to go. Another story is about how brothers turned away from each other when somewhere else two people, who were not even related became closer than brothers. There are also stories of young people trying to make a career for themselves and also about the oppression of women who struggle for their rights. Many different lives touched the heart of Mrs. Sudha Murty and entitled her to write The Old Man and His God. Mrs. Murty has explored the spirit of India with her set of short stories. The spirit of India is in the people, their lives and their stories which can impact the way of the world. The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India was published by Penguin in 2006. It is available in paperback editions.