Indu Lekshmi’s ‘Budhante Punchiri’ Released
On Feb 23, 2015
|Trivandrum: ‘Budhante Punchiri’ (Subtle smile of Budha), a collection of short stories, by Indu Lekshmi, was released by actor and film maker Balachandran Menon at a function held at the Press Club.
Balachandra Menon released the book by presenting it to former Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala Government, J Lalithambika IAS. The event started out with a prayer song which was itself penned by Indu Lekshmi.
Talking on the occasion Lalithambika said, “Nowadays there are many who write in the modern and post modern style which normal readers like me find difficult to understand. But Indu’s stories are simple and understandable. Anyone can read and enjoy it. I knew Indu’s mother Vijaya Lekshmi well and her unexpected demise had greatly affected her family. They have overcome that grief and succeeded in life. So, the short story ‘Amma’ was a hugely emotional story for me to read.”
Balachandra Menon in his address spoke highly of Indu’s passion for writing. “I usually don’t take part in such functions, especially if I don’t know the person. Indu is a stranger to me. But when I talked to her in phone, I realised that this is a person who has got seriously affected by the disease known as ‘writing’.
He added, “I haven’t read the whole book yet. But did read two stories and I have realised that she is a person who wants to live happily for a long time in this world. Her writings about death reveal her craving for life and that is great attitude to have.”
A brief review of the book was presented by renowned journalist Saraswathy Nagarajan. “I know how difficult it is for married women to write. So Indu deserves a lot of appreciation for this effort. All the stories of ‘Budhante Punchiri’ are reminiscent of our childhood memories. Her writing is evocative and subtle. Characters involved are familiar to all of us. These are the people around us or with whom we grew up with. That is something which I loved about her stories.”
Earlier, Indu Lekshmi in her welcome address talked about her stories. “My stories are about the little things happening around me. I prepared this book by stringing together some of them. I believe, there are a lot of unsaid stories around us,” said Indu.
Indu Lekshmi worked for seven years as an engineer. She left her high-paying job in a multinational corporation for her love for words. She is now a freelance journalist, writer and poet.