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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,744 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Anupama looked into the mirror and shivered with shock. A small white patch had now appeared on her arm.' Anupama's fairytale marriage to Anand falls apart when she discovers a white patch on her foot and learns that she has leukoderma. Abandoned by her uncaring in-laws and insensitive husband, she is forced to return to her father's home in the village. The social stigma ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by Penguin Books India , Imprint - Penguin (first published September 2007)
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May 30, 2014 Versha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Mahashweta’ is based on a very sensitive subject - Vitiligo. The story is poignant and expressed in a very simple language by Sudha Murthy. In this story she clearly explains how insensitively our society behaves towards a person who is suffering from Vitiligo, educated or not!
Dr.Anand falls head over heels in love with beautiful Anupama, when he sees her for the first time and soon marries her. Later Anand flies to England for his higher studies leaving Anu behind, telling her to join him late
Aug 12, 2012 Anirudh rated it it was amazing
Seldom do you come across a piece of fiction which leaves you in tears; still leaving a feeling of admiration and awe for the virtuosity and strength of character displayed by the protagonists. Well, Mahashweta is one such of those rare, "blink and you may miss it" kind of classics. A beautiful and touching story about how when it rains, it really pours and all that you can do is weather out the storm. All the characters are ideally portrayed in their natural habitat: their masks thrown aside. I ...more
Sruthi Menon
Jul 28, 2012 Sruthi Menon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inimitables
Started reading this book wondering whats the meaning of "Mahashweta ".....
This book portraits the inner strength of a woman who discovered herself in the best way she could when no one was there to give her a helping hand, not even her so called husband who was desperate to make her his own for the rest of his life......
After finding that the lady is suffering from leukoderma, he did not give a second thought on thinking to be with her as he should have.....Definitely inspiring, loved every wor
Lokesh Joshi
Apr 26, 2009 Lokesh Joshi rated it really liked it
I am fan of Sudha Murthy. Dollar Bahu and then this one, extremely Indian novels and this shows how in-depth knowledge Mrs Murthy has and how good she preserves the Indian values. Touching such issues needs skill, determination and dedication. A must read by every Indian.
May 02, 2012 Umang rated it really liked it
The name struck me first......and i love Sudha Murty as an author. its simple and beautiful. loved Mahashweta and the last line hit me most.
Hariharan Venkatramanan
May 02, 2011 Hariharan Venkatramanan rated it it was amazing
This a Must Read Book for Everyone.I Started this book as a leisure read, but as pages passed,i realised this,was not just a pageturner.
I was Awe-struck by the character of the protagonist and though the book looks simple in its language and story, the values it indented, Phew!! The book is not about Modern Women, Urban Life, its not about rustic people rather its about Everything in Life. I read this books only for three hours and this would definetly stick to my heart for ages.
Ms.Murthy Mill
Ankita Chauhan
Oct 24, 2015 Ankita Chauhan rated it it was amazing
Two years back I picked the book of Sudha Murthy and title was “How I taught my Grandmother to read” It was kind of anthology. Non- fictional stories author had taken from his own life. There were emotions, simplicity, self-made characters and most important thing hidden messages. I loved the book and fell in love with writings of Sudha Murthy. After months I got chance to read her fictional work “House of Cards” and loved it to the core. The way author weaved the strong story line around charac ...more
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Aug 17, 2015 Aravinthan ID rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poor and beautiful girl Anupama met handsome and rich man Dr. Anand. Both of them fall in love immediately. Anand convinced his mother to marry Anupama. After marriage Anand went to England for higher studies. Thereafter few days Anupama got leucoderma. Her mother-in-law kno about this, sent Anupama to her father house. She wrote many letter to her husband Anand, but he didn't reply. Also, She did not get any respect and caring from his family. How she overcome the all the obstacles and live t ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Book'd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simplicity has always been a speciality of Sudha Murthy's writings.
In the simplest of the words she always conveys the message to lead a meaningful life.

Through this book, Author narrates the story of a very beautiful Woman named Anupama who is from a middle class family. A wealthy doctor named Anand gets attracted to her because of her beauty and theatre skills. They eventually got married. Anand went to abroad for further study. One fine day Anupama saw an unfortunate white spot on his skin on
A 1000 episode'd mega-serial kind of story.
Sweet-cute-super-gorgeous but poor Anupama and handsome - WellToDo Back-grounded doctor Anand ends up starting their life in a fairy-tale marriage. Anand leaves to England for higher studies while Anupama discovers white patches on her leg. She finds out that she has been affected by Leukoderma or Vitiligo. Cure for this disease varies from person to person and she's seriously affected. Abondaned by her husband & in-laws disheartened Anupama leaves
May 02, 2013 Arti rated it really liked it
Sudha Murthy’s Mahashweta revolves around Anupama, the daughter of a village school master, Shamanna. She has a step mother Sabakka and two stepsisters, Nanda and Vasudha. She is very beautiful, intelligent and talented. Her parents want her to get married but she wants to complete her studies.

Dr. Anand, an assistant surgeon with Dr. Desai, falls in love with Anupama when he sees her acting in a stage play, Mahashweta. He lives with his mother Radhakka and spoilt sister, Girija. Though he belong
Mar 01, 2015 Doctor rated it really liked it
It was easily readable. The mission was apparent the moment I encountered the socially forbidden word Leukoderma.Everything went in expected lines until one finds Anupama becomes a bunch of hanging grapes and the expectant mouths grow slowly but surely, at one point, into three.It is at this juncture , the author has wielded her powers to heighten the sense of suspense artfully.Though, certain things in the book did not convince me: Vasant, a doctor, did not have a sweater because he had none to ...more
This a Must Read Book for Everyone.

I Started this book as a leisure read, but as pages passed,I realised this,was not just a page turner.I was Awe-struck by the character of the protagonist and though the book looks simple in its language and story, the values it indented, Phew!!
The book is not about Modern Women, Urban Life, its not about rustic people rather its about Everything in Life. I read this books only for four hours and this would definetly stick to my heart for ages.

Ms.Murthy Millio
Sruthi Atluri
Sep 08, 2015 Sruthi Atluri rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2014 Supritha rated it liked it
I honestly wish I could give this book a five-star rating, for the story is beautifully melancholic yet tinged with wonderful optimism. The only problem I had was with the heavy stereotyping incorporated into the narrative; true, several Indian societies still live in the dark ages, but the author doesn't...hence, I cannot forego the old wives' tales which the writer herself seems to believe in. Leaving this discrepancy aside, the story revolves around the sensitive issue of leukoderma and is ce ...more
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This book deals with the sensitive topic of 'vitiligo' and how despite being a harmless condition of depigmentation it destroys lives and hopes and ostracises one from society and friends. A young newly wed beautiful woman is the protagonist who deals with this condition and emerges out a much stronger woman.
Dec 18, 2015 Shethniyati rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All
After having read 'Dollar Bahu' and ' Gently Falls the Bakula', the expectations were high and I looked forward to reading all of Sudha Murty books. `With 'Mahashweta', I have finished reading all books - apart from children's story books - authored by Sudha Murty. Being a feminist, I like reading stories of educated next-door girl like characters who suffer in love and marriage, but eventually pick the courage to overcome all the distress and adversities. I applaud Anupama's decision to live a ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Bindhu rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone .. Seldom you come across a fiction novel which leaves you in tears..
Started reading as a time pass novel .. But it is not only a page turner but also an eye opener.
Sudha Murthy is just an amazing author. Though many of them might not be fond of her, her writing is just over-whelming. I have also read her short stories. They are really nice :)
Sep 06, 2014 Kritika rated it it was amazing
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A simple Indian family story from 1920s involving love, marriage and commitment. It explains people, the struggle for existence, and societal beliefs. The usual one liner. But the way it is written is brilliant. I wanted to shout 'Shabash' at many instances.

Anupama in this story was the Indian version of Lara Cameron (protagonist of The stars shine down) to me. After almost 2 years I actually underlined sentences in a novel while reading it. Sudha Murthy stole my heart, made my eyes moist, help
Nazneen Rupawalla
Jan 04, 2014 Nazneen Rupawalla rated it really liked it
A book that compels you to question our outlook towards people.
Nov 17, 2010 Mridula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful awesome book .sudha murty hip hip hurray
Shruti Bhutani
Apr 05, 2015 Shruti Bhutani rated it it was amazing

I have become a true fan of Mrs Murty's writing. I love the subjects she choses to write about. I love her work, both on and off paper. I wish I get the opportunity to meet her one day. About Mahashweta, what a magnificent story. Sad reality, but love Anupama's courage and belief in herself. I love how compassionate she is towards everyone, inspite of the things she had to go through. I understand where she comes from, to have a blemished skin can be a curse. But I have come to believe with expe
Oct 20, 2013 Asha rated it it was amazing
The story of a bright, beautiful and talented girl living with her father, stepmother and step sisters who are not as pretty or brainy has plenty of vital ingredients for a potboiler. But far from it, Sudha Murthy in her compelling reader, Mahashweta, has converted it into a captivating tale of a woman who rises like a phoenix from the ashes of her own self.

Imagine this: After troubled growing-up years without your biological mother to share and care, meeting a dashing young doctor who is besott
Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 Subramanyam K.V. rated it really liked it
Was reading MahaShweta the other day, another excellent work by Sudha Murty . As it happens with SudhaMurty’s books I finished MahaShweta in a single sitting. Though the book does have a little feministic tone . I still loved the book for the discussion it brings out.

MahaShweta deals with the troubles and the social stigma a married lady undergoes just because she gets affected by leucoderma .Her in-laws wish to get away with her and her husband turns a blind eye. How this lady faces all that
Tapan Shah
Jun 30, 2015 Tapan Shah rated it really liked it
In this Sudha Murty writes about a woman who had a leukoderma after her marriage.She boldly face the people arugment and its ignorance. Even her husband had leave her due to leukoderma who is a doctor. Then she became self dependent and live the world with its prowess. In this way the story ends with a successful person and self dependent.
Sulagna Ghosh
Oct 10, 2015 Sulagna Ghosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories by Sudha Murty exemplify for me the saying that simplicity is not so simple.It's remarkable how she harks back upon the classical Indian theatrical tradition to fight the primeval prejudices.I loved how she took up a classical love story and juxtaposed it with the crude reality of our everyday lives.I am ennobled.
Oct 21, 2014 Richa rated it really liked it
Its a MUST READ book for everyone. A very touching story of a girl who suffers from Leucoderma and suffers a lot in her marriage. The society shuns her and she was totally broken. The book presents the tale how she revives back and finds her own place in the society. After reading it, I was deeply touched. Author Sudha Murthy has maintained a fine balance of emotions and once you will pick the book, you cannot leave it without completing it.
Saurabh Khetan
Sep 14, 2013 Saurabh Khetan rated it it was amazing
What shall i say about this, even words will fall short, if i i will praise this novel, it will like showing diya to sun,

As a reader, this was mine second novel of shri mati Sudha murty, i must say, she touched every chord of my heart, and her novel made me mature with every turning pages, it was giving wings to my thought and help me to look the thing from more optimistic view and accept the things as it come.

Novel is really really very good and every one should read it once to understand the
Simran Kaur​
Jun 06, 2015 Simran Kaur​ rated it it was amazing
It was an insightful read. Mahashweta by Sudha Murty is a story of every woman who is affected with skin pigmentation disorder, Leukoderma. The pain of being ill treated and considered as an outcast in the society is well portrayed . Anupama, once an epitome of beauty when caught up by Leukoderma got abandoned by her in-laws, husband and her own family. Life had always been harsh to her that she even contemplated to do suicide but later collected herself with immense strength of her conscience. ...more
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Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.

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