Ranganayakamma

13 12 2011

Bear with a brief prelude before getting into the main topic of the post. Of late, I’ve not been writing anything much other than movie reviews. With research work occupying most of my mind and available time, there hasn’t been much “thinking time” and breathing space to accommodate blogging. I’m enjoying  my research experience a lot. Though technically the research work hasn’t yet started, the groundwork isn’t unexciting. There is so much to do and learn that the number of avenues open to me  gives me a heady feeling at times. I always like my passion to drive my work and research is no exception. The only problem I face now is that I need to channel  my tremendous energy into a narrow stream so that a tangible and worthy output can be delivered. Well, the process isn’t so easy – it’s confusing, bewildering and undoubtedly frustrating.  But of course, struggle is inevitable to achieve any success.

Not willing to have a month pass by without at least one post, I’ve resorted to the easy way. Needless to mention, movies present ample opportunity to dish out a post in no time. 🙂  I’ve read only a few books in the past few months and even less that moved me to write something about them. Of course, I haven’t actually written anything about them “yet” but the intent still holds good. The thoughts are just lurking around awaiting their chance to be penned (typed) down.

It is only recently (to be precise, 8 months ago) that I discovered Ranganayakamma and she already found her place in my list of favorite authors. I’ve read 6 books of her so far and loved each one of them. My reviews on two of them: Krishnaveni, Ammaki Aadivaaram Ledaa? Read 3 of her novels in the past month and found myself addicted to her narration. Finished each of the books at one go. Worth mentioning among them is “Rachayitri”. It is a story of a young writer Vijaya, who is highly individualistic with progressive views, and her husband, with conservative notions and beliefs. The novel depicts the clashes that arise between people of completely different levels of thinking and questions many prevalent practices and roles in the society. These days many women are thinking beyond the traditional confinements and age-old conventions, with education and change in the upbringing. But the rest of the society hasn’t kept up with it. I felt that every husband, who puzzles over the individuality and the questioning attitude of the wife, should read this book. The novel also presents a pragmatic account of married life. Like all her books, “Rachayitri” too is educative.

I like the author’s feminist ideas. In fact they are humanist; she urges people to develop right attitude and individuality, regardless of the gender. For women to achieve them, they need to fight against this patriarch and oppressing society and hence the need for  ‘feminism”. The term raises many a eyebrow and makes many people treat it with suspicion. Some even think it as frivolous and/or stupid. I feel that this is mainly due to the misinterpretation of the intention behind the movement by zealous practitioners with half-knowledge and inappropriate activities and also by the  innocent bystanders.

She is also a communist and atheist. I have no issues with any of her beliefs but she thinks that  a person’s true progress is measured by the extent to which he or she acquires the above perspectives. According to her, understanding and believing Marxist’s theory is the true education; shunning god and idol worship is true wisdom. Developing these convictions is the sign of growing up, in her sense. I’m not arguing for capitalism and theism here. In my opinion, every philosophy is relative. There is no absolute truth. I have trouble with her attitude that those without the knowledge of Marxism and acceptance of atheism are primitive people who need help. For me, this sounds exactly like Christian missionaries whose main concern is to convert people of other faiths to their religion; make them believe in Jesus and thereby save themselves from condemnation. There is nothing wrong about any belief. One believes a certain thing for one’s own convenience and comfort.  One finds solace and courage in one’s faith. I find it silly and arrogant of those who deliberately try to establish the superiority of their belief over others’ and actively seek people to join their cult.

It’s one thing if a person explores that particular knowledge and faith and gets interested in it by himself. But forcing it on someone by simultaneously elevating their belief and  debasing other beliefs doesn’t sound well to me. I have little respect for such beliefs. As long as a particular philosophy or faith doesn’t harm anyone, it can be left alone and let the individuals explore other philosophies by their own quest for knowledge. May be the contention between Capitalism and Marxism isn’t that innocent. Each philosophy favors one segment of people, causing harm to the other. While capitalism is based on the principle of individual rights and in effect  states that the fruits of a tree can be devoured by the one who raised it, Marxism calls for uniform availability of resources and wealth to one and all, irrespective of  the origin/source of the bounty. (Excuse my crude and limited perspective; I hope I’m not too far off the mark.)

But I suppose that this” forcing of your beliefs on others” is a universal phenomenon forever in existence. I believe that if something is worthy enough, it doesn’t need trumpeting. I am not against preaching. Preaching is usually done to a willing audience. But trying to sell the philosophy or faith to unsuspecting and impassive individuals, I perceive it as something degrading. Somehow I can’t view philosophies/faiths as commodities that can be advertised and sold.

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7 responses

15 12 2011
Haritha G

She seems to be an Iron Lady. I have heard that communism and Marxism are the ultimate panacea of the ailing world. But they just don’t appeal to humans, becoz, I think, a lot of humans are originally self centered, they are hardwired so. Thats my opinion, but I am not asserting it. :D.
BTW, are you doing research in management field?

16 12 2011
sireeshaavvari

Yes, she is a remarkable lady. Your point of view is interesting. Some food for thought!
Yeah, I’m doing research in management field.

19 12 2011
Sravanthi

Can you please let me know where can i get her books in Hyd? If they are available online, please let me know.

Thanks,
Sravanthi

19 12 2011
sireeshaavvari

You can get her books from Visalandhra book stores at Abids (Bank Street), Sultanbazar, Yusufguda. Also at the Annual Books Exhibition, currently happening at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road until 25th Dec. Don’t know about online availability though.

21 12 2011
sravanthin

oh ok sure, thanks Sireesha.

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27 10 2017
Shravan Karanam

Hi Sireesha garu,

I am new to your blog and this is the first post I have read. I do not know whether you have read Karl Marx or not, but I want to share my opinion with you (Please don’t take it as criticism). The reason for strong emphasis by Ranganayakamma garu on Marxism lies in Marxism itself. The major difference between most of the other economic theories and Marx’s theory lies in it’s ‘Point of view’. Marx provided the strongest economic explanation from the point of view of working class and the people who are suffering extremely even for a single meal. The intention of Ranganayakamma garu is to draw a very keen attention of her readers to the real suffering and it’s cause. Because Marx’s theory is not a theory that just explains things, but the very explanation advocates a serious change in life style of the reader unlike Capitalism. As you said, every philosophy is relative. But the crux of ‘Relativity’ lies in the ‘Point of view’.

I request you again to not take my words as criticism. My intention is to say that the strong presentation of Ranganayakamma garu comes from the need rather than a style.

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