Balancing between profession, passion
Gowri Lakshmi’s latest book ‘Ammako Abaddham’ was released in Vijayawada and she says that there would be fire in every writer
It will be a herculean task to balance between the profession and passion for anyone. And it'll be all the more difficult for a woman who has to take care of the demands of the house and at the same time the exigencies of the office work.
Alluri Gowri Lakshmi, general manager (Admin) of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has been doing it with finesse for over two and half decades.
In spite of the hard work and time the office demands, she somehow spares time for her passion to write whatever comes to her mind at that point of time whether it is poetry, short stories, novels or columns for newspapers or websites.
Born at Antarvedipalem in Konaseema of East Godavari district, she studied B.Sc and later MA Political Science and surprisingly Bachelor of Public Relations—all these degrees are no way inter-related.
After marriage she shifted to Hyderabad where she found employment in APIIC. After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, she returned to Vijayawada which is the epicenter of the literature from time immemorial.
In a tete-a-tete with Womenia on the sidelights of her latest compilation of short stories 'AmmakoAbaddham' release function in Vijayawada recently, Gowri Lakshmi recalls that it all started in 1993 with writing short stories.
Malletiga, literary service organisation and Andhra Arts Akademi jointly organised the book release function.
Gowri says that there would be fire in every writer who wants to say something to everyone in the society. "There would be imagination for a better society in every writer.
I have been a voracious reader since childhood. Probably that is why I have a vision without bias," Gowri avers.
Gowri touched almost all forms of literature including political satire. A series of political satires were published in various newspapers including Andhra Prabha, Eenadu, Surya and others.
Her latest book 'AmmakoAbaddham' was released by the head of Sahiti Publications G Lakshmi on July 21 at Ilapuram Hotel in Vijayawada. Noted writer Dr Chillara Bhavani presided over the meeting.
Several speakers addressing the meeting reviewed her earlier books also while discussing the salient features of her latest compilation of short stories.
Popular writer Kasturi Muralikrishna reviewing the short stories in 'AmmakoAbaddham' narrated how the children of the aged mother were compelled to lie to her only to satisfy her.
Krishna District writers Association general secretary GV Purnachand, President GuttikondaSubba Rao, Dr VelavoluNagarajyalakshmi, PrasoonaBalantrapu, ATtaluri Vijayalakshmi, VAdrevuVeeralakshmi, YalamanchiliAnjanidevi, BandikalluJamadagni, Goteti Lalita Sekhar, former AIR director Munjuluri Krishna Kumari, Bandla Madhava Rao, MandarapuHymavati, Dr Kallakuri Sailaja.
Earlier, Kalimisri, president of Malleteega, literary service society, welcomed the audience.
Her first compilation of short stories 'Mano Chitram' was published in 1997. "A number of magazines including Andhra Prabha, Andhra Jyothy, Mayuri, Srujana, Vipula and others encouraged me to write short stories," she says with contentment.
In 1998, AnukoniAtithi, a novel was published in Andhra Bhumi monthly magazine and it was brought later in book form. "In fact, it was a jump from short stories to writing a novel," she smiles.
It was followed by 'Vasanta Kokila' compilation of short stories in 2003.
In 2008, 'Niluvutaddam' a compilation of prose poetry was published.
In Gertrude Stein's words, "Prose poem is written in the style of prose but contains the rhythm, images, and language play commonly found in poems."
Bhava Vallari is another experiment which ran for six months in Vijeta, vernacular newspaper which is no extinct. "I used to write whatever comes to my mind at that point of time and each of them came out beautifully," Gowri says.
These short essays depict the daily grinding of people from various walks of life.
Then published was the novel 'Antarganam' which was a daily serial published in Andhra Prabha daily serial in 2010 followed by KottaChupu (2014), NirendaDeepalu (Poetry, 2017), YedalopaliYeda (2019) and AmmakoAbaddham (2019.
Gowri Lakshmi is also contributing to sanchika.com online magazine for its column "Rangula Hela".