Air Marshal (Retd.) K.C. Cariappa (Nanda) released Dr. Lata Muthanna’s novel “War – The Ugly Mistress” at a programme organised by Mysuru Book Clubs-2015 at Sri Kanteerava Narasimharaja Sports Club (Mysore Sports Club) on Lalitha Mahal Road here last evening.
Speaking on the occasion, Air Marshal Nanda Cariappa said that his profession is related to the book. Pointing out that the book has focused on Indian Navy, he said that it reminds one of the turbulent times of the war period over 50 years ago.
Noting that the author has vividly explained war scenarios, he said that the book has also highlighted the post-war scenarios.
Recalling his younger days when he dreamt of becoming a pilot, which he realised by joining the Air Force, he said that he was fortunate to get an opportunity to serve the Nation. He further said that everyone should read this book for a better understanding of the serious consequences of war.
Prof. K.C. Belliappa, former Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, who was the chief guest, said one can get a real war experience by reading the book and lauded the author’s contribution to literature though she is a doctor by profession.
Dr. Lata Muthanna, a well-known Consulting Physician, said the book owes a lot to serendipity. She stated that when she started to draw the outlines of the narrative, the civil war in Sri Lanka was still on. After the civil war ended, she went to Sri Lanka and spent time with the main character of her book, Angeline, a Singaporean, who as a child, had survived the Second World War. The book literally carries her (Dr. Lata) to different places and various periods of time. It was as though she lived through the wars and felt the fear, anger and desperation of all those who were involved in it, she said. Maintaining that no Government has the right to throw its people into the jaws of death, she said that the world citizenry should never allow that to happen.
The book release was followed by a panel discussion, in which retired Statistician Boverianda Nanjamma and retired engineer Boverianda Chinnappa took part. Both are translators and scholars of Kodava studies.
Sharada Chengappa, a multifaceted personality, received the first copy of the book. Her husband Chengappa was a well-known freedom fighter, who had the good fortune of caring for Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Kodagu.
Mysuru Book Clubs-2015 Founder-President Shubha Sanjay Urs, Chinimamba Desraj Urs, Sita Bhaskar, Nalini, Kavita Bopaiah and others were present at the event.