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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 (republished here) 

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 Kānda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English idiom. 

Later, ascending 'Onto the Stage' with 'Slighted 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, followed by a novella, Of No Avail: Web of Wedlock.

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.

 

 

 

 

General Information:

Murthy's ‘Novel’ Account of Human Possibility                

Whenever I look at my body of multi-genre work in English, the underlying human possibility intrigues me no end, and why not for my mother tongue Telugu, touted as the Italian of the East, has no linguistic connection with it whatsoever.

To start with, I was born into a land-owning family in a remote Indian village, an Andhra one to be precise that is after the British had folded their colonial tents from the sub-continent, but much before the rural education mechanism was geared up therein. It was thus the circumstances of my birth enabled me to escape from the tiresome chores of primary schooling till I had a nine-year fill of an unbridled childhood, embellished by village plays and enriched by grandma’s tales, made all the more appealing by her uncanny storytelling ability. Added to that, as my great great maternal grandfather happened to be a poet laureate at the court of a princeling of yore, maybe their genes together strived to infuse their muses in me their progeny. 

However, as the English plants that Lord Macaulay planted in the Hindustani soil hadn’t taken roots in the hinterland till then, it’s the native tongues that held the sway in the best part of that ancient land. No wonder then, well into my secondary schooling, leave alone constructing an English sentence, whenever I had to read one, I used to be afflicted by an unceasing stammer. Maybe, it was at the behest of the unseen hand of human possibility, or owing to his foresight, and /or both that, in time, my father had shifted our family base to the cosmopolitan town of Kakinada to admit me into Class X at the McLaren High School. And with that began my affair with the English language, facilitated by Chinnababu, my classmate, which, courtesy Abbimavayya, my maternal uncle, found fruition in the continental fiction, in translation, however to the detriment of my mechanical engineering education to the chagrin of my vexed father.     

Nevertheless, even as the Penguin classics imbibed in me the love for language that is besides broadening my outlook of life, my nature enabled me to explore the possibilities of youth. That’s not all, all through; it was as if destiny tended to afford my life to examine its intrigues while fiction enabled me to handle its vicissitudes with fortitude that stood me in good stead throughout. Besides, in those days of yore, as letter-writing was in vogue, I was wont to embellish my missives to friends and the loved-ones with the insights the former induced and the emotions the latter stirred in me. So to say, all those letters that my latter-day novels carry owe to my ingrained habit than to any narrative need of my muse.

Providentially, when I was thirty-three, my eyes and mind seemed to have 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 inexplicable thrill of seeing one’s name in print. Enthused thus by the fortuitous development, I began to articulate my views on general, and materials management, general insurance, politics, and, not to speak of, life and literature in over a score of published articles. But fiction writing was nowhere near my pen and the thought of becoming a novelist was beyond my horizon for Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Emily Zola, Gustav Flaubert et al (I hadn’t read Marcel Proust and Robert Musil by then) were, and are, my literary deities, and how dare I, their devotee, to envision myself in the sanctum sanctorum of the novel.

All the same, when I was forty-four, having been fascinated by the manuscript of satirical novella 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 Sen had driven away the ghosts of those literary greats that came to shadow my muse but as life would have it, it was another matter that   not wanting to foul his work, as he hadn’t obliged the willing publisher to pad it up to a ‘publishable size’, that manuscript remained in the literary limbo.

So, with my muse thus unshackled, I set to work on the skeletal idea of Pardonables, the working title 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 the local and foreign caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, the then norm of the Indian Writing in English. Yet, it took me a full fortnight to make the narrative flowing with the opening – ‘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.’  

However, from then on, it was as though a ‘novel’ chemistry had developed between my muse and the mood of its characters that shaped its fictional course, and soon I came to believe that I had something exceptional to offer to the world of letters, nay the world itself. So, not wanting to die till I gave it to it, I tended to go to lengths to preserve my life that was till I delivered it in nine months with a ‘top of the world’ feeling at that. Then, when one Spencer Critchley, an American critic, thought that – “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” – I felt vindicated about my unique contribution. Just the same, as there were no takers to it among the Indian publishers and the Western agents, I was left with no heart to bring my pen to any more paper (those were the pre-keyboard days) though my head was swirling with many a novel idea, triggered by my examined life lived in an eventful manner.  

Nevertheless, sometime later, that was after I happened to browse through a published book; I had resumed writing, owing altogether to a holistic reason: while it was the quality of Sen’s unpublished work that set me on a fictional course from which I was derailed by the publishers’ apathy, strangely, it was the paucity of any literary worth in that published book that spurred me back onto the novel track to pursue the pleasure of writing for its own sake. It’s thus; I could reach the literary stations of - Crossing the Mirage and Jewel-less Crown that was before my pen, in the wake of the hotly debated but poorly analyzed post-Godhra communal riots, took a non-fictional turn with the Puppets of Faith. 

Thereafter, as if wanting me to lend my literary hand to other genres, my muse heralded me into the arena of translation, ushered me onto the unknown stage, put me on a stream of consciousness, took me to crime scenes, dragged me into the by-lanes of short stories, and driven me into the novella fold. However, as a prodigal son, I took to my first steps into the Telugu short story field with my ‘Missteps’ తప్పటడుగులు.

Whatever, it was Michael Hart, the founder of the Project Gutenberg, who first lent his e-hand to my books ever in search of readers. But who would have thought that life held such literary possibilities in the English language for a rustic Telugu lad reared in the rural Andhra, even in the post-colonial India? So, 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/iA9zkd         

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Title:   Inane Interpolations In Bhagvad-Gita : (An Invocation for their Revocation)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Bhagavad Gita, Gita, Mahabharata, Hindu epics, Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit classics, Ethics, Hindu castes, Varna system, Vedas, Upanishads, Non Fiction, Indian society, Dalits, Social rights, Human rights, Human dignity, Caste oppression, Harijans, Scheduled Castes, Hindu social order,, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Sociology, Research Methodology, Indian studies, Literary Criticism, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Logic, Research, Proof and Reasoning, Racial and ethnic discrimination, Psycoanalytic Criticism, India, Dalit studies, Analogical Reasoning, Educational Reforms, Hindu Studies, Caste,
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303782
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   The Gita ‘As It Is’ - A Travesty of Caste
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Bhagvad Gita, Gita, Indian philosophy, Hindu philosophy, Non Fiction, Indian society, Dalits, Social rights, Human rights, Human dignity, Caste oppression, Harijans, Scheduled Castes, Hindu social order,, Religion, Hindu scriptures, Social suppression, Social discrimination, Sociology, Indic studies, Caste studies, Social studies, Interpolations in Bhagvad Gita, About the impossibility of the Gita's caste advocacy
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303748
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (15)
 
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Title:   Dichotomy Between Hindu Religiosity ‘n Gita's Spirituality
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Bhagvad-Gita, Gita, Hinduism, Hinduism today, , Indian epics, Hindu scripture, Scriptures, Hindutva,, Philosophy, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy, Asian philosophy, Religion, Spirituality, Religion and Spirituality, Hindu spirituality, Religiosity, Hindu religiosity,, On the Hindus' indifference to the Bhagvad-Gita
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303726
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Gagging Godse – A Ploy
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Gandhi, Godse, Gandhi's assassination, Indian partition, Hindutva, Hinduism Today, Indian society, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Veer Savarkar,, Political Science, Indian politics, Nehru, Indian Muslims, Indian independence, Indian freedom struggle, Muslim appeasement,, On grinding the political axe on Gandhi's assassin
Collections:   Authors Community, Sociology
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303710
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Dalit as Deva à la Black is Beautiful
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Hinduism Today, Indian society, Dalits, Social rights, Human rights, Human dignity, Caste oppression, Harijans, Scheduled Castes, Hindu social order,, Social Sciences, Social oppression, Racism, Untouchability, Racial discrimination, Caste discrimination, lower castes,, On giving their due to the socially oppressed Hindu outcastes
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303703
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Incongruities in Indian Constitution
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Constitutional studies, Indian Constitution, Indian democracy, Non Fiction, Social sciences, Religion and politics, Muslim appeasement, Indian partition, Gandhi and Ambedkar, Social studies, Muslim appeasement, Religious conversions, Demographic studies, Political Science, Hinduism, Hinduism today, Hindutva, Indic studies, Indology, Indian Muslims, Hinduphobia, Hindu bias, Indian history,,
Collections:   Authors Community, Sociology
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303702
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Hindu Theocratic State – Canard of the Libtards
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Religion, Spirituality, Sociology, Social sciences, Majoritarianism, Political bias, Indian politics, Secularism,, Political Science, Hinduism, Hinduism today, Hindutva, Indology, Indian Muslims, Hinduphobia, Hindu bias, Indian history,, On the misconception of Hindutva
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303701
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   An ode to the Muse
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Poetry, Modern poets, Indian poets, Telugu poets, Englsih translation of Telugu poetry, Indian Writing in English, Drama and Literature, Indian literature, English literature, Jnānpēth Award, Nānēs in English, An ode to Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, an eminent Telugu poet
Collections:   Authors Community, Poetry
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303700
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Badnām-Gita’s Spoiler Slokas
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Bhagvad-Gita, Non Fiction, Hindu society, Hindu caste system, Caste discrimination, Caste prejudices, Dalits, Sociology, Social sciences, Human rights, Human dignity, Hindu social reforms, Social grievances, Religion, Hindu scriptures, Social suppression, Social discrimination, Sociology, Indic studies, Caste studies, Social studies, Interpolations in Bhagvad Gita
Collections:   Authors Community, Hinduism Today
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303695
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   My ‘Novel’ Account of Human Possibility
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Fiction, Drama and Literature, Evolution of authors, Literary pursuits, Writing process, Reading and writing, Creative Writing, English literature, Writers' workshops, Fiction writing, Writers' making, Literary pursuit, Novel writing, Indian Writing in English, Indian Writes in English, Self-improvement, Coming of Age, Language lovers, Rags to riches, Indian novel, Indian fiction, Indian fiction writers
Collections:   Authors Community
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303636
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Of No Avail: Web of Wedlock
Author:   BS Murthy; Gopi Lagusani, Illustrator
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2021
Subjects:   Fiction, Drama and Literature, Novella, Indian Fiction, Indian novel, Love story, Indian Writing in English, Lesbian, Coming of age novel, Man woman relations, Old flame, Unrequited love, Love and loss, Marital discord, Lovers' reunion, Social mores, Indian social mores,
Collections:   Authors Community, Romance
Book Id:   WPLBN0100303582
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   తప్పటడుగులు (Missteps)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   Telugu
Date:   2020
Subjects:   Telugu stories, Telugu fiction, Short stories, Love stories, ప్రేమ, ఫిక్షన్, రొమాన్సు, స్త్రీకథ, మహిళ, విమెన్లిబ్, స్త్రీపురుషసంభందం, స్త్రీపురుషాకర్షణ, Love triangle, అనుబంధాలు, అనుభవాలు,, Man-woman relationships
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302328
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Title:   దశావతార స్తోత్రములు (Dasãvatãra Hymns)
Author:   రచన - కోసూరి రాఘవ, గాత్రం - వడ్లమాని కామేశ్వరరావు
Publisher:   BS Murthy
Language:   Telugu
Date:   2019
Subjects:   Hindu hymns, Hindu epics, Religion and spirituality, Telugu poetry, Dasavatara, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna,, Audio books, Telugu audio, Telugu stotras, స్తోత్రములు,, In praise of Lord Vishnu's ten incarnations (avatãrs)
Collections:   Audio Books Collection
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302135
Format Type:   Mp3 (Audio Book)
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Title:   Addendum to Evolution : Origins of the World
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18
Language:   English
Date:   Summer 2004
Subjects:   Origins of life, Human Evolution, Evolution of the species, Origins of the world, Evolution of vegetation, Evolution of winged species, Non Fiction, New theory of Evolution, Evolutionary science, Speculative theory of evolution, Philosophy of evolution, Hindu theory of evolution, Interpretation of Dasāvatara, Geography, Anthropology,
Collections:   Authors Community, Classical Antiquity
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302111
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2019
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Hinduism, Ramayana
Collections:   Audio Books Collection, Poetry
Book Id:   WPLBN0100002874
Format Type:   Mp3 (Audio Book)
Average Rating:   (30)
 
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Title:   Bhagavad Gita : Treatise of Self-Help
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   BS Murthy
Language:   English
Date:   2016
Subjects:   Philosophy,Psychology,Religion, Spirituality, Epic, Immortality,, Sociology, Life, Nature, Spirit, Death, Self-help, Hinduism today
Collections:   Educational Videos, Philosophy
Book Id:   WPLBN0004450990
Format Type:   Video (Education Video)
Average Rating:   (30)
 
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Title:   Stories Varied : A Book of Short Stories
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2016
Subjects:   Short stories, Love, Erotic fiction, Women's writing, General fiction, Indian fiction,, Romance, Erotic romance, Indian stories, Love stories, Love triangle, Women's stories, Love triangle,, Literature, Love jihad, Lesbian stories, Old flame, Autumn love,
Collections:   Authors Community, Short Stories
Book Id:   WPLBN0004450875
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (1)
 
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Title:   Prey on the Prowl (A Crime Novel)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2014
Subjects:   Crime and mystery, Murder and detection, Crime and punishment, Detective novel, Serial murders,Private Detective, Serial killer, Erotic romance, Love story, Indian writing,, Love, Literature, Suspense
Collections:   Authors Community, Mystery Fiction
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437464
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (5)
 
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Title:   Onto the Stage : ‘Slighted Souls’ and other stage and radio plays
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2014
Subjects:   Stage plays, Radio plays, Social drama, political plays, Drama, Theater, Literature, Indian writing, Indian fiction,, Love, Romance, Sexual harassment at work polace, Vishakha Judgment, Old flame, Ambition,, India drama, Indian stage plays, Indian theater, Indian social drama, Naxalites, Downtrodden, Armed rebellion,
Collections:   Authors Community, Plays
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437423
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (16)
 
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Title:   Glaring Shadow : A Stream of Consciousness Novel
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self Imprint
Language:   English
Date:   2014
Subjects:   Literature, Indian literature,Literary novel, Indian English novel, Indian fiction, Indian Writing in English, Stream of consciousness novel, Love story, Erotic fiction, General fiction, Man-woman chemistry, women's writing, Materialism, Spirituality, Humour and satire, Memoir, Tragedy, Human relationships,, Sociology, Psychology
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437399
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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