The Greatest Telugu Stories Ever Told – Selected and translated by Dasu Krishnamoorty & Tamraparni Dasu


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The Greatest Telugu Stories Ever Told spans almost a century of work by some of the finest writers of short fiction in the language. The storytellers included in the anthology range from literary masters such as Chalam, Kanuparthi Varalakshmamma, and Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao to contemporary writers like Mohammed Khadeer Babu, Jajula Gowri, and Vempalle Shareef.

The tales found in this collection weave a rich tapestry of Telugu experiences. Illindala Saraswati Devis ‘Bad Times discusses the downturn in Muslim fortunes after the integration of the nizams state with the Indian union. Boya Jangaiahs ‘The Eclipse chronicles the aching memories that besiege a Dalit poet when he makes a brief stop at his village. Bandi Narayanaswamis ‘Water dramatizes the acute shortage of water in the Rayalaseema region and its exacerbation by political rivalries. Kavana Sarmas ‘House Number gently mocks a self-proclaimed math genius and his attempts at memorizing a simple house number. A heartbreaking love story, Vempalli Gangadhars ‘Festival of Love is a romance imbued with the fragrance of jasmine fields.

About the Author

Dasu Krishnamoorty is an anthologist, translator, and storyteller based in New Jersey. He was educated at Andhra University, the University of Bombay (LLB), and Osmania University (Journalism), before becoming an influential Indian print media journalist. He has worked in an editorial capacity at the Indian Express, Times of India, and Patriot. He was a senior political commentator with All India Radio and taught mass communications at Osmania University, the Indian Institute of Mass Communications in New Delhi, and the University of Hyderabad.


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