Book A new book showcases American life of Telugus living in a foreign land. K. N. Murali Sankar

‘Noota Padaharu Americomedy Kathalu’ (116 humorous short stories of America), penned by Vanguri Chitten Raju was been released at Andhra Sahitya Parishad hall in Kakinada . A native of Kakinada, Chitten Raju had settled at Houston in the United States of America (USA) three decades ago. His penchant for writing made him convert some of his experiences in the foreign land into humorous short stories in his mother tongue Telugu.

These stories had been published in various magazines. Now, Chitten Raju has come out with a 483-page compilation, featuring all his works in one hard-bound book with cover design by none other than Bapu. Houston-based Vanguri Foundation of America published the book and the author was keen on arranging the book release function in his native town.

Lauding Chitten Raju’s fondness for humour, poet and critic K. Ramachandra Reddy said that the readers can experience American life of Telugus just by browsing the pages of the book. Referring to the character ‘Queen Victoria’ in all the stories, he compared the character with renowned humorous character ‘Kantham’ created by Munimanikyam Narasimha Rao.

Kakinada Revenue Divisional Officer G. Jawaharlal Nehru congratulated Chitten Raju for continuing literary activity despite his busy life in the USA. President of the Andhra Sahitya Parishad Dantu Surya Rao, P. Chiranjeevini Kumari, K. Gowri Naidu and others attended the function.