R. R. Madan’s ‘Aa Naluguru’ is an exemplary example of how many thought-provoking questions could be asked in a single story. While giving his protagonist a learned and principled personality, R. R. Madan makes a mortal possession like money his antagonist.
Throughout his story, the writer reveals how most people are stuck chasing the foolish dream of grabbing as much money as possible irrespective of the consequences. As the story unveils, the audiences are asked many questions. Should we believe in astrology? Is an eye for an eye a true form of justice? Is there a shortcut to achieve success? Is it our duty to help the fellow members of our society?
While R. R. Madan answers most of the above-mentioned questions in a clever way, there is one question that he continues to ask throughout his story and this question is ‘When given a choice to choose between values and money, what would people choose?’
Though in theory, personally many of us might say we would choose values, the reality isn’t that easy. Through this story, R. R. Madan shows how money could even make a principled man kneel before it. ‘Aa Naluguru’ is a tragedy that is well written while paying utmost respect to all of its characters.