Telugu Original: Rachakonda Viswanatha Sastry
Translation: Prof. Venkateswara Rao Vemuri
Sri. R. V. Sastry had been hailed as “the greatest Telugu writer of our times” by his admirers. Born in dire poverty, this left-leaning lawyer and humanist achieved fame for his “Six Liquor Stories,” where he uses the rustic Telugu dialect of the poor living in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Sastry’s style is inimitable and it is almost impossible to get the flavor of the village dialect in this translation. The Original title of the story is Maaya.
You can read the Telugu original here -> https://www.scribd.com/doc/135355638/Maaya
With the hard-earned diploma rolled up in his sweaty hands, Murthy obediently stood in front of his senior – waiting for advice. It was then the senior dispensed his advice. He instructed Murthy to heed that piece of advice – always! Why?
Because, “that”, he declared, “is the formula for success in life.”