Smt. Madduri / Kasturi Rajya Sri
was born and brought up amidst books. She is the youngest daughter
of Smt. M. Leelavathi Devi and Sri M.N.Rao. Her mother was a graduate
in Maths in the days when women were not much educated and she
was a censor board member in Chennai for more than a decade. Her
father, Sri M.N.Rao was one of the Founders of M.Seshachalam &
Co., Andhra Pradesh Book Distributors, Home library Plan, Emesco
Pocket Books, Emesco Sampradaya Sahithi, India Book Exports, Pragbharathi
Publications. He served as the President of Federation of Book
Publishers and was an international figure.
Smt. Rajya Sri, being
brought up in Telugu publishing family and having been a post-graduate
in English Literature, seized the beauty of both the languages
by both hands. She showed her creative talents in both and in
rendering a translation of one from the other. She has been working
as Head of the Department in English, in Nagarjuna Junior College,
S.R.Nagar, Hyderabad for many years.
Smt. Rajya Sri, edited
many Telugu novels, wrote the back cover matter for them, wrote
many short stories and articles for Telugu magazines. She prepared
a Grammar book in English through her experience in class room
teaching for more than two decades. She translated from English
to Telugu, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Cry from the Heart,
many issues of Varka (Children’s magazine). She translated short
stories of famous writer Smt. Govindaraju Seetha Devi from Telugu
Her present translation
‘Food and Thought’ of Sri Mantena Satyanarayana Raju’s ‘Aaharam-Alochana’
makes you wonder whether she is a science graduate. So clear is
her description, especially of the structure of a cell.
Smt. Rajya Sri’s style
is simple, clear, lucid, striking-forceful and argumentative.
That’s how she was able to convey the forceful thoughts of the
famous Naturopath as effectively as he has done.
The simple sentences
like “The curve of success is in favour of sugar rather than jaggery’,
the poor mind was weak-hearted, he wanted to yield unconditionally.
“The situation is tense but under control’ speak about her lucid
The chapter on ‘Miss
Chilli’ is the highlight of the book. It starts off on a mischievous
note and ends in a very touching way!
Her argument is so
forceful, there is no counter argument to it. See if you can do
so for this - “The reverse law is not always good. From Christmas
to New Year it is only one week. But from New Year to Christmas,
it is almost one whole year.’
She has supplemented
Dr. Raju’s ideas with a few interesting and adept quotations like
“To get his wealth
- he spent his health
And then with might
He turned around and
spent his wealth
To get the Health again.’
This is only to state
that Smt. Rajya Sri has put in every effort to make the work ‘Food
and Thought’ the most interesting subject to be digested and pondered
She has translated
Sri Mantena Satyanarayana Raju’s Aarogyame-Anandam from Telugu
to English. He is a pioneer in Natural Life Style and his books
on health are like Bhagavat Geetha to Telugu readers.