BS Murthy

Biography

BS Murthy is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘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, Summer 2004.

Born on 27 Aug 1948 and schooled in letter-writing, by 1983, he started articulating his managerial ideas, in thirty-odd published articles. However, in Oct 1994, he began penning Benign Flame: Saga of Love with the ‘novel art' and continued his fictional endeavors in ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth.

Then entering the arena of non-fiction with a ‘novel’ narrative in Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife, possibly a new genre, he ventured into the zone of translations for versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English idiom.

Later, ascending Onto the Stage with Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fictional form with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel to finally reach the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories.

And in the end, as a prodigal son, he returned to his mother tongue, Telugu, to craft the short story తప్పటడుగులు (Missteps).

While his 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 canvas, all his body of work was borne out of his passion for writing, matched only by his love for language, which is in the public domain in umpteen ebook sites.

Some of his published articles on management issues, general insurance topics, literary matters, and political affairs in The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Financial Express. The Purchase, The Insurance Times, Triveni , Boloji.com at https://independent.academia.edu/BulusuSMurthy

He, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India, is a Hyderabad-based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986.

He takes keen interest in politics of the day, has an ear for Carnatic and Hindustani classical music and had been a passionate Bridge player.

He's 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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My ‘Novel’ Account of Human Possibility

Whenever I look at my body of work of ten books, the underlying human possibility intrigues me no end, and why not. I was born into a land-owning family in a remote village of Andhra Pradesh in India that is after the British had folded their colonial tents from there, but much before the rural education mechanism was geared up. It was thus the circumstances of my birth enabled me to escape from the tiresome chores of the primary schooling till I had a nine-year fill of an unbridled childhood, embellished by village plays and grandma’s tales, made all the more interesting by her uncanny ability for storytelling. As my maternal grandfather’s grandfather happened to be a poet laureate at the court of a princeling of yore, maybe their genes together strived to infuse the muses in me their progeny.

However, as the English plants that Lord Macaulay planted in the Indian soil hadn’t taken roots in its hinterland till then, it’s the native tongues that ruled the roost in the best part of the vast land, and in Andhra it was Telugu, the Italian of the East that held the sway. No wonder then, leave alone constructing a sentence on my own in English, whenever I had to read one, I used to be afflicted by stammer. Maybe, it was at the behest of the unseen hand of human possibility or owing to his own foresight that my father in time had shifted our family base to the cosmopolitan town of Kakinada to put me into the missionary McLaren High School in Class X. With that began my tryst with English, which, courtesy one of my maternal uncles, eventually led me to the continental fiction in translation that engaged me more, far more than the technical subjects I had to pursue for a career as a mechanical engineer.

While the Penguin classics inculcated in me a love for English language that is besides broadening my outlook of life, my nature enabled me to explore the possibilities of youth, and given that letter-writing was still in vogue then, I was wont to embellish my letters to friends and loved-ones with insights the former induced and emotions the latter infused. Clearly, all those letters that my novels carry owe more to my impulse to write them than to my muse’s need to express itself through them. Even as the fiction enabled me to handle the facts of life with fortitude, as life, for its part, chose to subject me to more of its vicissitudes, I continued tending my family and attending my job.

Fortuitously, when I was thirty-three, my mind and matter combined to explore the effect of the led on the leader, and when the resultant “Organizational ethos and good Leadership” was published in The Hindu, I experienced the thrill of, what is called, seeing one’s name in print. Encouraged, I continued to apply my mind on varied topics such as general management, materials management, general insurance, politics, and, not to speak of, life and literature resulting in some thirty published articles. But fiction was nowhere in the sight, nor I had any idea to turn into a novelist for Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Emily Zola, Gustav Flaubert et al are literary deities (I hadn’t read Marcel Proust and Robert Musil by then), and where was the question of a devotee envisioning himself as a deity.

But when I was forty-four, having been fascinated by the manuscript of satirical novel penned by one Bhibhas Sen, an Adman, with whom I had been on the same intellectual page for the past four years then, it occurred to me, ‘when he could, I can for sure’. It was as if Bhibhas had driven away the ghosts of the masters that came to shadow my muse but as life would have it, it was another matter that as he didn’t want to foul his novel by dragging it to ‘publishable length’, it remained in the limbo.

With my muse thus unshackled, I set to work on the skeletal idea of Benign Flame with the conviction that for fiction to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil, not the hotchpotch of local and foreign caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, the then norm of the Indian writing in English. Yet it took me a fortnight to get the inspiring opening sentence - “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.”

From there on, it was as though a ‘novel’ chemistry had developed between my muse and my characters’ psyche that shaped its fictional course, and soon, I came to believe that I had something unique to offer to the world; so, not wanting to die till I gave it to it, I used to go to lengths to safeguard my life till I finished it with a ‘top of the world’ feeling. What one Spencer Critchley, an American critic, thought about my contribution – “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” - made me feel vindicated, though there were no takers to it among the Indian publishers and the Western agents.

So, I had no heart to bring my pen to any more paper (those were the pre-keyboard days) though my head was swirling with novel ideas, triggered by an examined life lived in an eventful manner. Sometime later, that was after I read a book of short stories presented to me; I had resumed writing due to a holistic reason. While it was the quality of Bhibhas’ satire that set me on a fictional track from which I was derailed by the publishers’ indifference, strangely, it was the lack of it in that book that once again spurred me onto the novel track to pursue the joy of writing for its own sake, and that led me to the literary stations of Crossing the Mirage and Jewel-less Crown. But in the wake of the hotly debated but poorly analyzed Godhra-Gujarat communal rioting in 2002, as I was impelled to examine the role religions play in social disharmony, my fictional course had taken a non-fiction turn with Puppets of Faith.

Then it was as if my muse, wanting me to lend my hand to other literary genres led me into the arena of translation, pushed me onto the ‘unknown’ stage, put me on a stream of consciousness, took me to crime scenes and dragged me into the by-lanes of short stories. However, it was Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, who lent his e-hand to my books in search of readers. Who would have thought that life held such literary possibilities in English language for a rustic Telugu lad in rural Andhra even in post-colonial India? The possibilities of life are indeed novel, and seemingly my life has crystallized itself in my body of work before death could dissipate it.

My body of work of ten free ebooks, in varied genres, is in the public domain: https://g.co/kgs/2vJ7xT

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I had started writing articles on management when I was 32-year old but began penning fiction only turning 46
What is the title of your maiden fictional work?
Benign Flame: Saga of Love, which I believe raised the 'novel' bar
Read more of this interview.

Where to find BS Murthy online

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Videos

BS Murthy's Genres
Visual presentation of BS Murthy's body of work of ten free ebooks

Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help
Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’ so opined William von Humboldt. In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy of the song that is the Gita is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension.

Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman's Odyssey
This audio rendition is of an excerpt from BS Murty’s ‘free ebook’, Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey, which depicts the encounter between Ravan and Seetha, whom he kidnapped to Lanka.

Books

తప్పటడుగులు - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: Telugu. Published: August 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
పెళ్లంటే బస్సులో హడావిడిగ జేబుఱుమాలు పరిచి సీట్ సొంతం చేసుగునే వ్యవహారం మాత్రం కాదు. తొలి ఆకర్షణే వివాహ యోగ్యo అనుకోవడం అవివేకం. శారీరికత మానసికతని అన్వయించిన పెళ్లిలోనే ప్రేమ బతికి బట్ట కడుతుంది. ఆ కలయికే డెస్టినీ.
Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 22,470. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This book of twelve short stories, centered on Indian women, delves into varied possibilities of woman’s life in complex situations arising out of social reengineering.
Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman's Odyssey
Price: Free! Words: 35,660. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Epic
Sundara Kãnda, the Canto Beautiful ,of the epic' Valmiki Ramayana' is sought for spiritual solace a many Hindus believe that reading it or hearing its recital 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 the devout for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand agaisnt all odds.
Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help
Price: Free! Words: 15,180. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy
This modern rendition of Bhagvad-Gita, in 590 contemporary verse sans 110 interpolations, restores to the ancient philosophical thesis about man's existential crisis, its pristine character of integral humanism making it the Treatise of Self-help as Arjuna averred in the end to Krishna ‘Glad O Lord / Gone are doubts, / Sense I gained / With Thy words.' (s73, ch.18).
Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife (A Critical Appraisal of Islamic Faith, Indian Polity ‘n More)
Price: Free! Words: 98,930. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Islamic studies
This ‘book of logic ‘n reasoning’ appraises the Islamic faith shaped by the sublimity of Muhammad's preaching in Mecca and the severity of his sermons in Medina, which together make it Janus-faced to bedevil the minds of the Musalmans and on the other. It also analyses the evolution 'n decadence Hindu intellectualism, providing a panoramic view of Indian history with accent on its politics.
Onto the Stage - Slighted Souls and Other Stage and Radio Plays
Price: Free! Words: 52,680. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian
This is a compendium of the author’s stage 'n radio plays set in modern Indian setting. 'Slighted Souls' revolves around the rebellion of the downtrodden and 'Men at work on Women at work’ is all about sexual harassment at workplace. While 'Castle of Despair' is built in the arena of man's despair for success, the radio play 'A Love on Hold' depicts the drama of love and possession.
Prey on the Prowl
Price: Free! Words: 36,460. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Even as Detective Dhruva was enamored of Kavya, whom he rescues from her kidnapper, Radha, the alleged poisoner of her man and his mistress, gatecrashes into his life. But when Kavya too joins him after her man, her kidnapper and the investigating cop were poisoned, there ensues the tussle of a love triangle, which gets unraveled in a poignant end.
Glaring Shadow
Price: Free! Words: 52,130. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
This philosophical ‘novel of a memoir’ in a stream of consciousness is the self-account of a man's life and times 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, which makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.
Crossing the Mirage - Passing Through Youth
Price: Free! Words: 55,810. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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. Besides, life's poetic justice to their friend Sathya, who caused Prema's heartburn, and just deserts for Vasu owing to Nithya's retribution as he tries to stalk her, make this fiction stranger than fact!
Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life
Price: Free! Words: 77,130. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
This novel depicts the material raise and the moral fall of the ambitious Gautam and Sneha, his conniving spouse, and how that leads to the poignant death of the latter and the spiritual discovery of the former thereafter. Besides, this piquant story also pictures the tragic life of their sole offspring, Suresh Prabhu, and his eventual redemption through love for and of the spirited Vidya.
Benign Flame: Saga of Love
Price: Free! Words: 118,220. Language: Simple English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Roopa marries Sathyam, hoping he would help her become a doctor but as he fails her, feeling let down, she insensibly sinks into the lesbian embrace of her friend Sandhya. Soon, in a dramatic sequence of events, she herself loses her heart to Sandhya's beau Raja Rao, and Prasad, her husband’s friend falls for her. This bar-raising novel nuances man-woman chemistry and portrays woman-woman empathy.

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