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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
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Published September 17th 2007 by Penguin Books India , Imprint - Penguin (first published September 2007)
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‘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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 :)
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
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
Nazneen Rupawalla
A book that compels you to question our outlook towards people.
wonderful awesome book .sudha murty hip hip hurray
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
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.
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
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
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
Anil Swarup
Another eminently readable offering from Sudha Murty. However, it is nowhere near her best as she has so amply demonstrated in her other writings. A bit "filmy" though she is still narrating a tale encompassing complex human relations in a very simple manner. She seems to have perfected this art.
Suriya Gayathri
An excellent story by Sudha Murty. It’s a typical Indian novel where the characters are realistic whom we can relate to. The plot is inspiring and portrays the qualities of an ideal woman. The central character is positive, dependent and courageous.
Abhinav Shrivastava
Sudha Murthy’s books feel like a different breeze altogether (mostly breeze blowing in the small towns and villages), it takes you back to those early days when India was very much different from now on. The small towns, people within, their conversations are so grasped and expressed by the author that it brings a feeling of read something fresh.

Her writings are good but then you can just read them every now and then and some people who are serious fiction readers might not even like her books.
Chandana Maradani
Gaurav Prabhu
Stellar. Sudha Murthy narrates a tale which holds true even today. Her language is simple and does not interfere with the story.
Amrathraj Nayak
Excellent book by Sudha Murthy on a girl with leukoderma faces problems and being treated in society.
The story is set up in the 90s. An engrossing read nevertheless. How much have we changed anyway.
Shriya Jain
Heart touching, Simple and Motivating....Annupama had lot of courage and a big heart.
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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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