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Values in Conflict in Sudha Murthy's The Mother I Never Knew

Author(s) Ambadas L. Kulat, Archana N. Deshmukh
Country India
Abstract The foremost matter of universal concern and anxiety in our times is the alarming deterioration of human values across the globe. The present is an era of rapid changes. They have vitally affected human thought, lifestyle and institutions. Science and technology, computers and democracy as a global entitlement of people have revolutionized human life. But at the same time they have rendered dysfunctional the traditional mainstays of social control in the twentieth century. These are only the tools which have indeed improved the quality of material life of humankind but their use, misuse or abuse depend entirely on the quality of human agency. The human agency primarily includes a man of letters. This paper is prompted with the curiosity to study the role of a technocrat turned India’s best seller, Sudha Murthy’s writing in this perspective. Milton has envisaged that a good book to be the precious life blood of master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. W. H. Auden has upheld creative writing to properly focus on human life. It deals with human nature or discusses human life, its problems, its joys and sorrows. These statements of Milton and W. H. Auden triggered the urge to study Sudha Murthy’s novel, ‘The Mother I Never Knew’. The researchers were curious to consider Sudha Murthy’s writing, taking into consideration the role of creative writers in depicting the social reality and hence shaping the lives of readers. Although not clearly didactic, Sudha Murthy’s writings are focused at boosting the morale of common people amidst the whirlwind of uprooting changes in life around. The clear depiction of social reality is perused with a purpose to resolve the conflict and to guide the reader onto the rugged path of reality.
Keywords Social reality, values, conflict, Sudha Murthy.
Field Sociology > Linguistic / Literature
Published In Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024
Published On 2024-01-06
Cite This Values in Conflict in Sudha Murthy's The Mother I Never Knew - Ambadas L. Kulat, Archana N. Deshmukh - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.8934
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