Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: Hampi Express and Mohanaswamy (Short story collections in Kannada)

Hampi Express is a collection of seven stories. The first story is about the traditional beliefs of an orthodox family but in a funny style. The second story is about parrots turning red in the background of evils brought in by rampant mining in Bellary. Next story is about lives of people living in a large apartment complex in Bangalore and social networking sites becoming their platform for their gossips and venting out their ire on each other.

All of the stories in this book are set either in Bellary which is author Vasudhendra’s native or in Bangalore where author lives at currently.

Mohanaswamy has eleven stories in it. The first six are about Mohanaswamy who is a homosexual. Rests of them are unrelated to this theme. There is a story on the contradictions of life faced by those employed in IT industry.  Another story shows how a person can invite a crime by exposing oneself on a social networking site. One more is retelling a sequence from Mahabharata through Draupadi.

Though these are fiction, they are not far from reality. All of them have biographical appeal. Vasudhendra is no doubt a treat to Kannada readers of current generation.