Swarajyam

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byMahidhara Ramamohanarao

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It is 1921 and the ripples of the Freedom Movement have reached the quiet village of Munganda. The stage is set for the dramatis personae: an idealistic young Brahmin, Ramanatham, an admirer of Gandhi; an intelligent young woman, Swarajyam, who instinctively yearns for liberation from stiflingsocial mores and discrimination; and a village with a full cast of characters who strive to cling to the past while being inevitably drawn into a very different future. Munganda village is a microcosm of a newly resurgent India which is resonating with Gandhi's clarion call for political and social liberation. As the novel unfolds, we see Ramanatham battling his own inner doubts while trying to spread Gandhi's message of change. We see Swarajyam, dutiful daughterand abandoned wife, who dares to be different. This is a novel set almost one hundred years ago; yet it remains relevant for its insights into human hopes and fears and its portrayal of the continual tussle between tradition and modernity, both in thought and choices. The Introduction by M. Sridhar and Alladi Uma shows how Swarajyam (meaning'freedom') holds a special significance for the country more than forty years after the publication of the Telugu original, which received the prestigious Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Akademi Award in 1969.

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It is 1921 and the ripples of the Freedom Movement have reached the quiet village of Munganda. The stage is set for the dramatis personae: an idealistic young Brahmin, Ramanatham, an admirer of Gandhi; an intelligent young woman, Swarajyam, who instinctively yearns for liberation from stiflingsocial mores and discrimination; and a vill...

Mahidhara Ramamohanarao was born in 1909 in Munganda Agraharan in Konaseema of East Godavari district. Growing up in an environment of revolutionary fervour, he abandoned his studies and joined the Indian National Congress and later became a staunch advocate of Communism. Without formal schooling, he acquired scholarship in Telugu, Sa...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Author's NoteTranslator's NoteIntroduction: Translating a Time Gone ByFor a CauseThe Oxford ProfessorThe BoatmanA Family SecretTalking BigSilence BrokenSpirit of the SongAn InvitationThe AgraharaThe Village PriestFriends MeetSwadesiVoiceless WomenHow to BorrowFriends and FolksSome Bonding, thisThe First VisitNuptials?Tough TalkAn Affair?VandemataramSeeking TantrasTo PronoteMarriage outside the CasteFour Years AgeSelf-restraint?Drawing Lots!RusticationAny Luck?The Enemy withinThe Law of TimeFace to FaceAn EncounterTalk of the TownThe PunishmentIs She Sad?The AdvocateThe Wrong TeachersHatredWhat is My Caste?The many VarnasHow to Kill DyerYet another Effort'Atonement'A Brahmin OutcasteIn the OrchardProperty AccountsThey Eight-count ClothSwarajyam NegotiatesMy DutyConflicting Emotions'Do You know this Girl?''Don't Touch Me''Such a Pleasant Girl!'For a Pot of WaterCongress Meeting?The SinA Prisoner of his own ConscienceThe Village TankInviting Pantulu GaguAnother SantinikethanVedas belong to All ...A Deed in her NameThey may Insult YouA Wife, A Husband and a MessengerWhen Money Talks ...The Wound is so FreshA Meeting - MindsHow to Reveal Love?Heart to Heart'Your Bed's Ready''We are in Love'Attaining SwarajyamWhat are You waiting for? Shoot Me!Gandhiji's ComplimentStern StuffTogether We will Face the WorldCharkha - ChakrayudhaMunganda waiting for MahatmaGlossary