Three Dimensions and Other Stories, a collection of 15 short stories (originally in Telugu) by Saleem rendered into English by Sujatha Gopal, was launched in Hyderabad at Ravindra Bharati on 22nd June 2012. The contents and the quality of translation came in for praise from the dignitaries at the function organised by Manasa Art Theatres.
‘Realism, classicism and romanticism mark Saleem’s stories. Rendition into English looks like the original.’
~ Dr Elluri Siva Reddy, Vice Chancellor of the PSR Telugu University and chief guest.
‘Saleem had outstanding command of not only Telugu but even Sanskrit while at college.’
~ Mr IYR Krishna Rao, IAS, Special Chief Secretary to the Govt of AP and guest of honour, who was Saleem’s senior and hostel mate at Silver Jubilee Government College, Kurnool.
“Saleem’s tender and humanistic treatment of the subject strikes a chord with the readers; and the transcreation by Sujatha is reader-friendly and original.”
~ Dr V Kondal Rao, Chairman, Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham and president of the meet.
Both Saleem and Sujatha read out some extracts from the stories in Telugu and English respectively and regaled the audience.
Special invitee was P Narendra, Joint MD, Pragati Offset (P) Ltd. Welcome and vote of thanks were rendered by U Atreya Sarma.
About the Author
Saleem, a Sahitya Akademy Awardee, has substantial oeuvre to his credit: 150 short stories; 6 anthologies of short stories – Swathi Chinukulu, Nisshabda Sangeetham, Rupayi Chettu, Chadarapu Enugu, Ontari Sareeram, and Rekkala Harivillu; 5 novels – Jeevanmruthulu, Vendimegham, Kanchana Mrugam, Kaluthunna Poolathota (Sahitya Akademy Award-winner), and Padaga Needa. This is besides his sequel stories Rani Gari Kathalu. Many of his works have been translated into English and several Indian languages. His works are variously hailed as “landmarks in Telugu literature, revolutionary, pioneering, radical, innovative, historic, groundbreaking and significant.” Saleem is a Joint Commissioner with the Income-Tax Department, Govt of India, presently stationed in Nagpur.
About the Translator
Sujatha Gopal is an Asst Professor of English and is working for her PhD. Her translated stories have appeared in various journals. She is associated with several e-literary magazines and also freelances as a Corporate Trainer.
Prism Books (2011)
(Submitted by U Atreya Sarma, Hyderabad. Jun 23, 2012)
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