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Something About Me and My Book:
BS Murthy is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004.

Born on 27 Aug 1948 and schooled in letter-writing, by 1983, he started articulating his managerial ideas, in thirty-odd published articles. However, in Oct 1994, he began penning Benign Flame: Saga of Love with the ‘novel art' and continued his fictional endeavors in ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth.

Then entering the arena of non-fiction with a ‘novel’ narrative in Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife, possibly a new genre, he ventured into the zone of translations for versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English idiom.

Later, ascending Onto the Stage with Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fictional form with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel to finally reach the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories, only to revert to a novella, Of No Avail: Web of Wedlock

While his fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, all his body of work was borne out of his passion for writing, matched only by his love for language, which is in the public domain in umpteen ebook sites.

Some of his published articles on management issues, general insurance topics, literary matters, and political affairs in The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Financial Express. The Purchase, The Insurance Times, Triveni , are at

He's a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India, is a Hyderabad-based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986.

He takes keen interest in politics of the day, has an ear for Carnatic and Hindustani classical music and had been a passionate Bridge player.

He's is married, to a housewife, with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in Engineering.

"My ‘Novel’ Account of Human Possibility" gives an insight into his literary journey through life

About BS's body of work of free books

BS Murthy's body of work of ten free ebooks, in varied genres is the public domain in umpteen websites

Here are the books with description, contents and three links each.

1_ Benign Flame: Saga of Love   

The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. 

However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might serve her cause though the persona she envisioned as masculine, she found lacking in him. But as he fails to go with her idea, she becomes apathetic towards him, and insensibly sinks into her friend Sandhya’s embrace, for lesbian solace. 

Soon, in a dramatic sequence of events, Tara, a suave call girl, tries to rope Roopa into her calling; Roopa herself loses her heart to Sandhya's beau Raja Rao, and Prasad, her husband’s friend falls for her. And as Prasad begins to induce Sathyam to be seduced by whores to worm his way into her affections, Roopa finds herself in a dilemma. However, as fate puts Raja Rao into Roopa’s arms in such a way as to lend novelty to fiction, this ‘novel’ nuances man-woman chemistry on one hand, and portrays woman-woman empathy on the other. 

Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar as vouched by - 

The plot is quite effective and it’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs - Spencer Critchley, Literary Critic, U.S.A. 

The author has convinced the readers that love is something far beyond the marriage tie and the fulfillment love can be attained without marriage bondage. The author has achieved a minor revolution without any paraphernalia of revolution in the fourth part of the novel – The Quest, India. 

The author makes free use of – not interior monologue as such, but – interior dialogue of the character with the self, almost resembling the dramatic monologue of Browning. Roopa, Sandhya, Raja Rao and Prasad to a considerable extent and Tara and Sathyam to a limited degree indulge in rationalization, trying to analyse their drives  and impulses – The Journal of Indian Writing in English. 

Overall, Benign Flame is a unique attempt at exploring adult relationships and sexuality in the contemporary middle-class. All the characters come alive with their cravings and failings, their love and their lust. Benign Flame blurs the lines and emphasizes that life is not all black and white - it encompasses the full spectrum of living - Indian Book Chronicle.

Chapter of the Saga

  1. Ramaiah’s Family
  2. Realities of Life
  3. Hapless Hope
  4. Turn at the Tether
  5. Moorings of Marriage
  6. World within the World
  7. Roopa’s En Passant
  8. Threshold of Temptation
  9. Sathyam’s Surrender
  10. Sandhya’s Sojourn
  11. Match in the Making
  12. Poignant Moment
  13. Wedding Season
  14. Veil of Fate
  15. Naughty Nuptials
  16. Tidings of Love
  17. Tentative Moves
  18. Fetishes of Fantasy
  19. Curtain of Courtesy
  20. Blueprint in the Offing
  21. Enduring Longing
  22. Villainy of Life
  23. 23. Playboy at Play
  24. Scheming the Theme
  25. Device of Deceit
  26. Software of Detour
  27. Tara’s Theory
  28. Night of the Mates
  29. A Brimming Romance
  30. Euphoric Forays
  31. Living the Dream
  32. Chat at the Bar
  33. Amour on Rein
  34. Surge of a Merge
  35. Date with Destiny
  36. 36. Threesome Sail
  37. End of an Innings
  38. Subdued Beginning

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2_ Crossing the Mirage - Passing through Youth

If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road.

As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment.

And as poetic justice would have it, Sathya, who caused Prema's heart burn, himself was led down the garden path by Kala, doing a "Sathya on Sathya".

Just not that, life has in store just deserts for Vasu owing to Nithya's retribution as he tries to stalk her. Besides, after many a fictional twist and turn, the way the story ends, challenges the perception that fact is stranger than fiction.

Sign Posts to Cross

  1. Shackles on Psyche
  2. End of the Tether
  3. Burden of Freedom
  4. Onto the Turf
  5. Respite by Death
  6. Lessons of Life
  7. Naivety of Love
  8. Dilemma of Disclosure
  9. Perils of Youth
  10. Absurd Proposal
  11. Crossing the Mirage
  12. Setting the Pace
  13. Oasis of Bliss
  14. Busy bees in Honeycomb
  15. Twist in the Tale
  16. Love in the Bind
  17. Turn for the Worse
  18. Shadows to the Fore
  19. Spurring on to Err
  20. Tempting the Fate
  21. Stooping to Conquer
  22. Fouling the Soul
  23. Poetic Justice
  24. Agony of Penitence
  25. Embrace of Love
  26. Life of a Kind
  27. Just deserts

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3_ Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel  

In a stream of consciousness mode ‘Glaring Shadow’ is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames.

The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.

This philosophical ‘novel of a memoir’ is a compelling read that is conducive to contemplate about the nature and scope of human relationships.

 Chapter Titles

  1. Glaring Shadow
  2. Pains of Regret
  3. Cradle of Life
  4. Outlook for Re-look
  5. Humbling Reality
  6. Orgies of Love
  7. Pangs of Remorse
  8. Villainy of Innocence
  9. Couple of a Kind
  10. A Character of Sorts
  11. Moments of Poignance
  12. Enigma of Being
  13. Vignettes of a Village
  14. A Teacher of Note
  15. Brink of Incest
  16. Love-less Love
  17. Flights of Heart

    18 Gaffes of Youth

  1. Pats and Slights
  2. An Emotional Affair
  3. The Harlot Zone
  4. A Lingering Longing
  5. Smallness of Bigness
  6. Disown to Own
  7. Sentiment of Ruin
  8. Enigma of Attraction
  9. Veneer of the Vile
  10. Swap for Nope
  11. Goring Syndrome
  12. Back to the Basics

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4_ Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life 

It's perilous penning this blurb.

It's fine when man is modest about his work.

It even affords him the aura of an invisible crown!

But what about his work?

Were it an art or craft, it is there for all to see.

What of a literary work of an unheralded author?

Well, lauding the same might raise one's eyebrows.

Failing to praise wouldn't make a 'jewel-less crown' either!

Why not see, if this is the great Indian novel.

This is the story of the rise and fall of an ambitious man, the decline, and the decay of his conniving wife, the trials, and tribulations of their wayward son as well as the grit and gall of a spirited woman, who enters into his life.

This depiction of their life and times not only pictures the facets of ambition and achievement, intrigue and betrayal, compulsion and compromise, sleaze and scandal, trial and sentence, but also portrays the possibilities of repentance and resolution, love and empathy coupled with compassion and contribution, leading to the spirituality of materialism, and that makes it the saga of our times.

The story of a lifetime, truly. 

 Book One

Artha ‘n Kama

  1. Party Gone Sour
  2. Trauma at Tihar
  3. Mind of the Maligned
  4. Twist at Tis-Hazari
  5. Trial in Camera
  6. Dilemma of Qualms
  7. Moment of Reckoning
  8. End within end
  9. Vestiges of Prestige
  10. High on Rebound
  11. Bellows of Delhi
  12. Dicing with Life
  13. Spidering Spadework
  14. Loss to Order
  15. Daring the Fate
  16. Victims of Deceit
  17. Baring the Soul
  18. Garland of Guilt

Book Two

Dharma ‘n Moksha

  1. Bliss of Being
  2. Collage of Crime
  3. Domain of the Devil
  4. Renaissance of Life
  5. Sprouts of Love
  6. Despair of Hope
  7. Turn at the Bend
  8. Amity of Empathy
  9. A Day to Remember
  10. Spirituality of Materialism
  11. Sense of Reincarnation
  12. Epilogue.

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5_ Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel

Even as Detective Dhruva was enamored of Kavya, whom he rescues from her kidnapper, Radha, an alleged murderess on the run, gatecrashes into his life. But when Kavya too joins him after her man was poisoned there ensues the tussle of a love triangle, which gets unraveled in a poignant end, but not before a series of murders.

So, then who could have poisoned Ranjit the realtor, Shakeel the Inspector, Pravar the criminal and Natya his accomplice?

Well the needle of suspicion tilted towards Pravar that was till he perished with his mate, but then who was the one?  

Could it be Radha under the scanner for her role in the death of her husband Madhu and his mistress Mala, Pravar's sister? Or was it Ranjit's spouse Kavya, who owing to Stockholm Syndrome, takes to Pravar her kidnapper.

As these deaths by poisoning puzzle Dhruva, Radha, who worms her way into his life, avers that Kavya had the motive and the means to kill her spouse, her paramour and his wife besides the cop.

However, reckoning that when the ill-motives of the natural suspects to commit a murder are an open secret, someone with a hidden agenda might be tempted to use that as a camouflage for his subterfuge, Dhruva begins to look around for the culprit.

Agenda for Revenge

  1. Prey on the Prowl
  2. Shakeel’s Fixation
  3. Ranjit’s Predicament
  4. Rags to Riches
  5. Dhruva’s Dilemma
  6. The Gatecrasher
  7. Operation Checkmate
  8. Foul on Pravar
  9. Stockholm Syndrome
  10. An Aborted Affair
  11. Psyche of Revenge
  12. Victim of Trust
  13. Backyard of Life
  14. Cuckoo’s Nest
  15. ‘Untried’ Crime
  16. Kavya’s Quagmire
  17. Murders to Mislead
  18. The Other Woman
  19. Shakeel’s Demise
  20. A Perfect Murder
  21. Deaths in Spandan
  22. Arraigned in Remand
  23. Depressing Discovery
  24. The Red Herring
  25. Wages of Abuse
  26. Decoding the Crime
  27. A Poignant End

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6_ Stories Varied – A Book of Short Stories

This is a collection of Indian short stories that deals with women's dilemmas in the Indian social milieu accompanied with unique denouements

While 'Ilaa's Ire' contrasts woman's lot of the day with her eminence in the Vedic Age, '201' Qualms" depicts her predicament, torn between personal loyalty and citizen's responsibility.

As "?" addresses woman's marital stress in an alien land, 'Cupid's Clue' is about her acting on rebound in her native place.

Even as 'Autumn Love' lets woman discover the marital void in her life, 'A Touchy Affair' makes her amenable to her man's other woman.

Just as 'Love's How's That' inflames woman's old flame, 'A Hearty Turn' brings her innate lesbian leanings to the fore.

If 'Love Jihad' bridges lovers' religious divide with a secular plank, 'Tenth Nook' creates her marital gulf on the materialistic ground.

While 'Eleventh Hour' is about woman's lust for love, 'Twelfth Tale' underscores her zest for power.

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7_ Onto the Stage - Slighted Souls and other stage and radio plays

A compendium of the author’s Indian stage and radio plays:

"Slighted Souls" is a poignant love story set in rural Telangana, beset with feudal exploitation of the downtrodden dalits. Besides forcing the dalits to toil in the fields as bonded labor without impunity, the land owning doras had no qualms in reducing the womenfolk of this ilk as sex slaves in the gadis, which leads to an armed resistance engulfing an young couple.

"Men at work on Women at work" is a tragic-comic episode depicting the fallout of sexual harassment at the workplace in the Indian urban setting with its traditional cultural underpinnings.

"Castle of Despair", built on the slippery ground of man's innate urge for one-upmanship, portrays its facade of falsity on the grand stage of human tragedy.

The radio play, "Love on Hold", lends voice to the felt anxieties of a man and a woman as their old flame gets rekindled and the dilemmas of possession faced by the couple in a conservative cultural background.

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8_ Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife (A critical appraisal of Islamic faith, Indian polity 'n more)

On one hand, this ‘book of logic ‘n reasoning’ appraises the Islamic faith shaped by the sublimity of Muhammad's preaching in Mecca and the severity of his sermons in Medina, which together make it Janus-faced to bedevil the minds of the Musalmans.  

That apart, aided by “I’m Ok – You’re Ok”, the path-breaking work of Thomas A. Harris and Roland E Miller’s “Muslim Friends–Their Faith and Feeling”, this work for the first time ever, psycho-analyses the imperatives of the Muslim upbringing that has the potential to turn a faithful and a renegade alike into a fidayēn.

On the other hand, this work, besides appraising the monumental rise and the decadent fall of Hindu intellectualism, analyses how the sanātana dharma came to survive in India, in spite of the combined onslaught of Islam and the Christianity on Hinduism for over a millennium.

Also, besides providing a panoramic view of the Indian history, this thought-provoking book appraises the way Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, Azad, Ambedkar, Indira Gandhi, Narasimha Rao, Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi et al made or unmade the post-colonial India.  

Possibly in a new genre this free eBook is a book for our times.


Preface of Strife


  1. Advent of Dharma
  2. God’s quid pro Quo
  3. Pyramids of Wisdom
  4. Ascent to Descent
  5. The Zero People
  6. Coming of the Christ
  7. Legacy of Prophecy
  8. War of Words
  9. Czar of Medina
  10. Angels of War
  11. Privates of ‘the God’
  12. Playing to the Gallery
  13. Perils of History
  14. Pitfalls of Faith
  15. Blinkers of Belief
  16. Shackles of Sharia
  17. Anatomy of Islam
  18. Fight for the Souls
  19. India in Coma
  20. Double Jeopardy
  21. Paradise of Parasites
  22. The Number Game
  23. Winds of Change
  24. Ant Grows Wings
  25. Constitutional Amnesia
  26. The Stymied State
  27. The Wages of God
  28. Delusions of Grandeur
  29. Ways of the Bigots
  30. The Rift Within
  31. The Way Around
  32. The Hindu Rebound
  33. Italian Interregnum
  34. Rama Rajya
  35. Wait for the Savant

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9_ Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help in verse sans 110 interpolations

Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’ – so opined William von Humboldt, who wrote seven-hundred verses in its praise.
Though it is a matter of consensus that Bhagvad-Gita in the present length of seven hundred slokas has many an interpolation to it, but no meaningful attempt has ever been made to delve into the nature and extent, not to speak of the effect of these on the Hindu society at large.

The methodical codification of interpolations carried out here, for the first time ever, puts the true character of Gita in proper perspective. Identified here are hundred and ten slokas of deviant nature and or of partisan character, the source of so much misunderstanding about Bhagvad-Gita, the book extraordinary, in certain sections of the Hindu fold.

In the long run, exposing and expunging these mischievous insertions is bound to bring in new readers from these quarters to this over two millennia old classic besides altering the misconceptions of the existing adherents.

In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy of the song that is Bhagvad-Gita is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension.


  1. Introduction
  2. Awe Unfounded
  3. All about Interpolations


  1. Arjuna’s Dilemma
  2. All about Life
  3. Theory of Action
  4. Practical Wisdom
  5. Art of Renunciation
  6. Practice of Restraint
  7. Know the Spirit
  8. Cycle of Creation
  9. The Sacred Secret
  10. Discern the Divine
  11. Nature of Omnipresence
  12. Doctrine of Faith
  13. Field and Farmer
  14. Proclivities to Know
  15. Art of Liberation
  16. Frailty of Thought
  17. Science of Devotion
  18. Thy Looking-glass

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10_ Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey in sloka to sloka verse

While Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading it or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings!

Miracles apart, it's in the nature of this great epic to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in man for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds.

Besides, it portrays how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light? With rhythm of its verse and the flow of the narrative this sloka to sloka transcreation of the canto beautiful of Valmiki's adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world, Hanuman's Odyssey that paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife is bound to charm the readers and listeners alike. 

Interestingly, as the following verse illustrates, it was the forerunner of the magic realism of our times – “Gripped she then him by shadow / Cast which Hanuman coast to coast, Recalled he in dismay then / What Sugreev said at outset / That one fiend had aptitude / To grip its prey by mere shadow.”

Cantos of the Kanda

Canto 1 - Hurdles in Skies

Canto 2 - City in Clouds 

Canto 3 - Prelude to Entry

Canto 4 - Foray into Fort

Canto 5 - Life in Lanka

Canto 6 - Precincts to Beat

Canto 7 - Palace in the Plane

Canto 8 - Pushpak’s Prowess

Canto 9 - Harem at Night

Canto 10 - Women in Want

Canto 11 - Qualms of Celibate

Canto 12 - At Wits End

Canto 13 - Errand in the Bend

Canto 14 - Garden of Grief 

Canto 15 - Withered Flower

Canto 16 - She is Seetha

Canto 17 - Guards all Hideous

Canto 18 - Ravan on Heat

Canto 19 - Dame in Despair

Canto 20 - Womanizer at Work

Canto 21 - Steadfast in Love

Canto 22 - Deadline to Death

Canto 23 - Guards that Pander

Canto 24 - Carrot and Stick

Canto 25 - Hapless Soul    

Canto 26 - Wandering Thoughts

Canto 27 - Dream of a Nightmare

Canto 28 - On the Verge

Canto 29 - Good Tidings

Canto 30 - Hanuman’s Dilemma

Canto 31 - Rama’s Ballad

Canto 32 - Is it True?

Canto 33 - Genesis of Exile 

Canto 34 - Swings in Mood

Canto 35 - Winning the Trust

Canto 36 - More of the Same

Canto 37 - Aborted Move

Canto 38 - Story to Tell

Canto 39 - Doubts to the Fore

Canto 40 - Repeats the Dose

Canto 41 - Rampage in the Park

Canto 42 - Panic in the Town 

Canto 43 -Itching for Fight

Canto 44 -Takes on Prahastha’s Son

Canto 45 - Marshals in the Mire

Canto 46 - Generals in the Dumps

Canto 47 - Akshay’s Life on Line

Canto 48 - It takes Indrajit

Canto 49 - Ravan’s Darbar

Canto 50 - Cause of Loss

Canto 51 - Advice to Deliver

Canto 52 -Placates the Sibling

Canto 53 - Tail on Fire

Canto 54 - Arson to Hurt  

Canto 55 - What of Seetha?

Canto 56 - Havoc of a Take-off

Canto 57 - Flight sans Hassles

Canto 58 - Odyssey in a Nutshell

Canto 59 - Pep Talk to Peers

Canto 60 - Angad on Rebound

Canto 61 - Eying the Madhuvan

Canto 62 - Orgy in the Garden

Canto 63 - Sugreev’s Reading

Canto 64 - Return of the Platoon

Canto 65 - News in Brief

Canto 66 - Tears in Torrents

Canto 67 - Hanuman’s Replay

Canto 68 - Times of Hope

Yuddha Kanda

(War on Ravan)

Canto 1. Embrace of a Gift

Canto 128.  Coronation and After

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11_ Of No Avail: Web of Wedlcok

Lured by the pitch - All marriages are made in heaven but some are delayed on earth: We endeavor to hasten them all - Priya goes to Renuka Marriage Bureau.

Scanning the prospects, when she spotted Venu, whom she slighted long ago, she rushes to him to bring about a dramatic encounter.

What brought about Priya’s change of heart to seek her former suitor and how Venu responds to his old flame’s fresh overtures lend suspense to their romance in this eclectic novella.

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