Gudipati Venkata Chalam — , popularly known as Chalam , was a Telugu writer and philosopher , and one of the most influential personalities in modern Telugu literature. Most of his writings were regarding women, especially the kind of difficulties women encounter—physical as well as psychological—in society, from their families and from those with whom they are close. Chalam discussed how he believed women should face these problems. The themes philosophical tinge of his writings blended with a distinctive style which would earn for him an enviable place in the Telugu literary world. Chalam's writings have been an influence even to his contemporaries and are a growing influence among writers of this generation as well. Much that is known about Chalam's childhood comes from his autobiography titled Chalam.

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Paperback , 15th reprint , 96 pages. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Where is the book in this website? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Woman too has a body; it should be given exercise. Woman too has a mind; it should be given knowledge. Woman too has a heart; it should be given experience. He gave a violent jolt to the complacence of the Telugu literary world, and by extension to the Telugu society itself, by writing one controversial novel after another.

Rajeswari, a young, Woman too has a body; it should be given exercise. Rajeswari, a young, frustrated housewife. She narrates her story in the first person although it is not clear whom she addresses. It all starts with her thorough disillusionment with her tradition-bound, unfeeling, emotionally sterile lawyer-husband who is given to treating her as a piece of property, as one who fulfills his sexual and social needs.

Her deliverance comes in the form of Ameer, a client of her husband. Their very first meeting is an emotionally charged and sexually exciting experience. His looks pierce her clothes and caress her all over her body.

This is a new experience for her. She has never known anything so exhilarating like that before. When finally Ameer embraces her, in the absence of her husband of course, she reacts with a cry of joy and after he is gone she kisses herself in the mirror and feels that Ameer has endowed divinity on her.

This realization marks the death of her old self. She plunges headlong into a life of passion and bliss with Ameer. Equally puzzling is the complete blocking out of all details of his background. For a while Rajeswari agonizes over whether she is driven by animalistic lust or noble love or the simple desire to free herself from the shackles of soul-killing traditions.

One more charector is Meera a handsome sixteen years boy. After Ameer has gone away Rajeswari turns to Meera in a major way for emotional and material support. You may like or dislike the subject but it helps you in understanding the relationships. Its released around February I liked one song from this movie. Just listen the audio version for some good romantic lyrics: link: Audio Song View all 4 comments.

Jul 17, Uday Kanth rated it really liked it Shelves: telugu. Maidanam - a book that challenges orthodoxy and throws free-will at your face!

Because when you get down to it, who decided what is right and what is wrong? What is the basis for that classification? And why are we so fussy about morality when all morality is subjective? The book has our protagonist - a young housewife in an unhappy marriage - do and feel things which could be considered revolting even going by today's standards it's actually astonishing that this was written in the s.

Ther Maidanam - a book that challenges orthodoxy and throws free-will at your face! There's a considerable debate around lust and desire, a woman's sexual expression and right, of power and subservience, and the extent and limits of what one calls "love".

On the surface, yes it is indeed a feminist book, but dig deeper and you'll see this book talks for much more than that.

Or maybe it's just me reading too much between the lines. Because you might not agree with everything this book tries to convey, but the crime would be to deny a person of their right to think otherwise.

View 2 comments. Oct 11, Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili rated it really liked it Shelves: telugu. I have read this book during my late teen years. At that time, it was quite difficult for me to comprehend the book in totality. I have recently read this book again. The protagonist is a young married lady who is in a neither happy nor sad marriage. She walks out of the marriage and lives with a guy whom she loves immensely. The book is about how she makes her choices and challenges the conventional norms.

It talks about absolute freedom of thought and what amazes me is that this book was writt I have read this book during my late teen years. It talks about absolute freedom of thought and what amazes me is that this book was written s. I will not reduce this book to just a feminist book as it digs much deeper than that. Aug 30, Santhoshi Srilaya rated it really liked it Shelves: telugu-books , fiction , feminist-readings.

I enjoyed reading the book. The theme was very fresh with a young woman owning her choices and freedom book was written in What I found interesting was that when she was challenging conventional norms, she was doing it because of her insane love towards Aamir and not necessarily to break stereotypes.

To me, the book was more of crazy romantic narrative rather than a feministic one. The complexities in narrator's character shines brightly. One unsettling thing for me was how the book gets I enjoyed reading the book. One unsettling thing for me was how the book gets creepy at many instances. Mar 05, Lavanyakumar Nanabala rated it it was amazing. Unbelievable to note that this book was written in s.

View 1 comment. Apr 23, Ashok rated it it was amazing. This is by far the best book i have read. Salaam chalam anthe. Pustaka pathanam enjoy cheyyalante ee pustakanni chadavandi.

Feb 19, Lakshmi29 is currently reading it. Oct 22, Jyothi rated it it was amazing. And now on mission to complete his books..

Dec 28, Bhavya Sri added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Feb 10, Sunitha rated it it was amazing. Nice book. Aug 31, Bhallamudi Venkatadileep added it. Aug 20, SreeKiran Yeeli rated it really liked it. Telugu: Sthree ,samaja viluvalu ni prasnisthu,anadhi ga vastunna vivaha bandalanundi thana swechha lokam lo anandanni pondatanni chala chakka manaku teliparu chalam garu. English:Difference between social norms and individual freedom is well protrayed in this book.

One should have a deep understanding of belief systems.


మైదానం [Maidanam]



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