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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,052 ratings  ·  183 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
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Published September 17th 2007 by Penguin Books India , Imprint - Penguin (first published September 2007)
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Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My ultimate fav by Sudha Murty!
I loved this one. And this is the only book by the author that I am planning to reread a few years later.
(Yes, probably by that time it comes out in hard cover😍)
I totally loved the main protagonist.
The other main characters in her other books were educated, hard working and all that (which is common in all her novels). But the main character in this one fights back and is truly independent and is the woman I want to be 👍
This one really shook my heart.
And blessed my
May 26, 2014 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
Sruthi Menon
Jun 27, 2012 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
Aug 12, 2012 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
Sudha Murty knows her audience, and she doesn’t care about them. She bluntly yet bravely shows them what is wrong with their mindsets and in turn makes us question our morals, our innermost trepidations; all the while making the process as simple as possible.

In Mahashweta, we follow Anupama, described to be one of the most beautiful woman one has laid eyes on, fall in love, get married. and her world falling at her feet when she contracts a skin disease Leukoderma, otherwise known as Vitiligo.
Lokesh Joshi
Apr 26, 2009 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 01, 2012 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.
Ankita Chauhan
Oct 24, 2015 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
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
Jul 16, 2015 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
Hariharan Venkatramanan
May 02, 2011 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
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.
Ashok Krishna
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
OK. Let me confess. I have this bitter prejudice towards ‘celebrity’ authors. But you will understand my prejudice if you look around the current literary scenario. These days any celebrity can lend their initials – literally – to the brainchild of somebody else and smugly enjoy all the accolades and royalties for someone else’s efforts. How else can you explain it, when a fast-bowler, known more for off-field antics than on-field heroics, one who cannot even write a proper tweet without making ...more
Akshay Dasgupta
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books which make you cry or compel you to think about your stand on certain social issues and taboos - this book in one of them. Though it is a very simplistic and a beautifully written novel, it serves as a 'reality check' for us. One tends to get so busy with routine life and family that we forget our basic human emotions like compassion, empathy, unconditional love and friendship. These are some of the tender qualities that have been reflected beautifully in this book in th ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-pages
The author narrates a story of a girl who suffers from leucoderma after her marriage. Her life becomes a living hell. Society, in-laws, family and husband - nobody gives her a chance. What should be a lack of pigmentation in her skin, turns into a curse for her.

What happens next is a lesson must be learned for the conservative minds who can not look a person beyond their appearance.

Simply and powerfully narrated.
Sartaz Rahman
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mahashweta precisely tugs at the right emotional strings with such lucidity and simplicity that one can't help cheering or grieving with the protagonist's rise, fall and then rise again. The heroine is her own hero in the book. Its been a while since I've finished reading it but I still feel the sense of empowerment that this story has very successfully instilled everytime i think about the book.
Keerthi Suresh
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Rohini to Chandra, like Lakshmi to Narayana, am I to him. Just as the creeper depends on a tree, I depend upon him. I cannot live without him, and for his sake I'm ready to renounce everything. Let society says anything it wishes. I do not care... beautifully designed amazingly written Mahasweta is a must read for all who faced or made someone face social stigma. Just loved it and loved Sudha Murty Ma'm a little more! :)
Jul 31, 2014 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
Apr 29, 2013 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
Aravinthan ID
Aug 17, 2015 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
Cheena Chopra
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sudha Murty - She must be my foster mom, for she teaches me so much, so easily, that I never want to lose her. The major takeaway from this read was no matter how hard you hit the rock bottom in life, you still can look up and hope for a miracle. Anupama, despite suffering from Vitiligo, doesn't let it become the end of her life. She fights all the odds and not only becomes self-sufficient but also determines herself to be on her own. The transformation shown through the emotional roller coaster ...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
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice way to let people know about leukoderma and the social stigma that comes with it. We Indians are the worst lot sometimes. Related so much with the book and the cause Mrs. Murthy wanted to express.
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful awesome book .sudha murty hip hip hurray
Sumit Khanna
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book which all modern ORTHODOX families and our MALE dominated society must read.
Oct 17, 2012 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.
Sruthi Atluri
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nazneen Rupawalla
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book that compels you to question our outlook towards people.
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 :)
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one, touched me deeply.

I got a hint about this book from Sudha Murty's own book 'Wise and Otherwise' as a part of one of her stories.

So I decided to pick this one as my next read and I am very glad that I did.

This story definitely made me a bit mature and has affected a lot in my thinking and about the perception of life and people.

Undoubtedly, Sudha Murty has become one of my favorite authors.

A must read for everyone!
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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.

Her books have been translated int
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