About the book :
లండనులోని “ట్రెఫాల్గర్ స్క్వేర్” వద్ద గుర్రపు తల, మనిషి శరీరంతో వింతజంతువు కనిపిస్తుంది. చేతికి కడియం, ఒంటికి దుస్తులు, ఎనిమిదడుగుల ఎత్తు ఉన్న ఆ విచిత్ర జీవి స్పృహలో ఉండదు. జంతు ప్రదర్శనశాలలో ఉంచిన ఆ వింతజంతువును చూసేందుకు తీర్థప్రజల్లా జనం తండోపతండాలుగా వస్తారు. మేలుకున్నాకా ఆ జంతువు మాట్లాడుతూండడం, నవ్వుతూండడంతో అందరూ ఆశ్చర్యపోతారు. ఆ జంతువు చివరకు ఓ పోలీస్ వద్ద తుపాకీ లాక్కోవడంతో భయమూ పొందుతారు. చివరకు ఆ జంతువు జంతువు కాదు, అది మాట్లాడుతున్న భాష సంస్కృతం అని తేలుతుంది.
About the Author :
Viswanadha Satyanarayana (10 September 1895 – 18 October 1976) is popularly known as the Kavi Samraat (Emperor of Poetry and Emperor of all Poets), was a Telugu writer of the 20th century. His works included poetry, novels, drama, short stories and speeches, covering a wide range of subjects such as analysis of history, philosophy, religion, sociology, political science, linguistics, psychology and consciousness studies, epistemology, aesthetics and spiritualism.
Viswanatha’s style of poetry was classical in nature and his popular works include Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu (Ramayana the wish-granting divine tree), Kinnersani patalu (Mermaid songs) and Veyipadagalu (The Thousand Hoods).
He was awarded the Jnanpith Award and Padma Bhushan in 1971.
Viswanadha was of the view that history is not the story of kings but the narrative that gives one an understanding of the sociological, political, economic, cultural, scientific, spiritual and aesthetic lives of man in a given time, and their evolution. Based on Kota Venkatachalam’s chronology Vishwanatha wrote three series of novels depicting all these aspects of ancient and medieval society, along with stories woven around the famous characters of three royal lineages:
1. Purana Vaira Granthamala is a series of 12 novels about the Magadha Royal dynasties after Mahabharata war. In this series, there are two tendencies – Krishna representing Dharma, and Jayadratha representing the darker side of human psyche, the unrighteous side. The primary characters in each of the 12 novels behave under the influence of these two tendencies, each having its temporal victories.
2. Nepala Rajavamsa Caritra is a series of 6 novels about the Nepali Royal dynasties. This series expounds Carvaka school of thought, its intricacies and sub-schools, social life and values influenced by carvakas.
3. Kashmira Rajavamsa Caritra is a series of 6 novels woven around the Royal dynasties that ruled Kashmir.
Viswanatha’s literary works includes 30 poems, 20 plays, 60 novels, 10 critical estimates, 200 Khand kavyas, 35 short stories, three playlets, 70 essays, 50 radio plays, 10 essays in English, 10 works is Sanskrit, three translations, 100 introductions and forewords as well as radio talks. Some of his poems and novels have been translated into English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Urdu and Sanskrit.
Veyipadagalu was later translated into Hindi by former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao as Sahasraphan.