By Gurajada Apparao, Velcheru Narayana Rao

First staged in 1892, the South Indian play ladies on the market (Kanyasulkam) is taken into account the best glossy paintings of Telugu literature and the 1st significant drama written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonialism's results on Indian society. full of humor, biting social observation, parody, and masquerade, the plot revolves round a shrewdpermanent courtesan, a tender widow, and a really outdated guy who desires to purchase as his spouse a truly younger lady. Velcheru Narayana Rao has ready the first idiomatic English translation, with notes and a serious essay. Itself a masterpiece of Indian literature in translation, this version makes Apparao's paintings to be had to new audiences.

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I came here because he is a smart Act Two, Scene One 21 boy with a good future and because he begged me to tutor him during the vacation. Not that I don’t relish the food in the munsiff’s house in the city or the good money he pays me. venk’amma: The boy lives away from us with no one to look after him. Our thoughts are always with him. We never hesitate to spend money, but that’s all we can do. We only gave birth to him, but you are both his father and his mother. You have to take care of him like your son and teach him.

If I keep it here, how can my mother live there? ramap-pantulu: You’re lying. ) Look for yourself. ) You have a bad temper. Can’t you see that people get hurt if you throw things at them? madhura-vani: If you hurt me with your words, you get hurt too. policeman: Hey Pantulu, should I go and tell the inspector that you aren’t paying the money? ) Take this, pawn it, and get the money you want. ramap-pantulu: (To himself:) She’s a good woman after all.

Should we file it under Criminal Procedure Code section 171 or section 172? agni-hotra avadhanlu: Can’t we bring both sekshans? girisam: Criminal entry and occupation, both the sections will work. I have seen it with my own eyes and I can give strong evidence that the wall belongs to you. It clearly looks like your wall, after all. agni-hotra avadhanlu: There’s no doubt about that. I overlooked the matter all these days. Come, I’ll show you the other wall. I won the case against the blacksmith Akka-battudu by twisting his nose.

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