TELANGANA VAITHAALIKUDU — A Biography of Suravaram Prathaapa Reddy: By Gopi Krishna; Pub. by Andhra Pradesh Government Oriental Manuscripts Library and Research Institute, Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad-500007. Rs. 70.

A BARD of Telangana, Suravaram Prathaapa Reddy (1896-1953) strove hard to awaken the dormant spirit of the people of the region who had been living under the tyrannical rule of the Nizam for centuries. An educationist, a newspaper publisher, a reluctant Vakil (lawyer), a social activist working for the Harijan uplift, and a researcher in the ayurvedic system of medicine —he was all these and more. He also tried his hand in reforming the Telugu script.

Prathaapa Reddy’s educational sojourn at Kurnool, Madras (now Chennai) and Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram) helped in widening his vision and perspective as a keen observer of men and matters. Moved by the plight of the people of Telangana, he launched a crusade. He was largely successful in his life’s mission. Almost at the fag end of his life, he was elected a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Gopi Krishna (Sorakayala Krishna Reddy) has written this biography in the Boswellian mode, true to the subject. The book makes an interesting and enlightening reading in that it provides an insight into the Telangana region of that period. It is worthy of being made available at the libraries across Andhra Pradesh.