RE: About amaraavati kathalu - part 6 (final)

Ramarao, Ram (Ram_Ramarao@tri.sbc.com)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 11:06:47 -0600


Chowdary garu done a great job of bringing AmarAvati kathalu to the
fore. I have myself found the stories as well as Sri Chowdary's comments
on them very moving and sincere. Congratulations to both the author and
this commentator.

Wearing my analyst's hat for a moment, I would like to bring up the
age-old question: what is it in a story that makes people like / dislike
it? A formal answer is that the components - "vastuvu, BAvana,
aBivyakti, sAmAjika spRha, prayOjanam" - a balanced combination of these
that touches the reader is what makes a story good. Without any
reservations, I can rate these stories very highly on the "BAvana,
aBivyakti, sAmAjika spRha" components. When it comes to the others,
there is room for disagreements, particularly the "prayOjanam". There
are many that argue that there does not have to be any "prayOjanam" for
literature apart from moving your heart or making you reminisce, etc.
For such a person, many of these stories can provide a great amount of
satisfaction. I found SrI Ramana'a recent stories also in the same
category. But if one is looking for some "prayOjanam," then I believe
that many of the stories do not meet that need. Same is true to a large
extent about "vastuvu" as Sri Chowdary garu himself alluded to many
times.

Personally I don't feel very comfortable with stories that talk about
the good old by-gone times. They sure bring back (depending on how old
you are) lot of memories from childhood, make you long for those
beautiful times, and sometimes make you cry. But after that? Also, I can
read a few of such stories but not many. I think that in a way, I am
resisting the temptation to think that "gata kAlamu mElu vaccu kAlamu
kanTen" which such stories generally are trying to show. I do not think
that the past was better than the present nor will it be better than
future; we only selectively remember the good from the past and forget
the vast majority of events that we don't feel comfortable remembering.
Similarly, stories that depict the village life of fifty years ago or
more not only tend to idealize it but also conveniently ignore a lot of
uncomfortable truths. Thus, I can certainly understand why some people
may not like AmarAvati kathalu. Only time will tell about their
longevity.

Again, thanks to Chowadary garu for a job very well done. I invite him
as well as others to share their thoughts about works they feel deeply
about - either way.

K.V.S. Ramarao