She is a doctor by profession. Though she finds it difficult to put up with the growing number of patients at her hospital and to meet the demands of family members back at home, she finds a little time to nurture her passion - carving beautiful images on chalk pieces.
Dr. Parcha Anjani Devi, despite busy life, finds time to continue the avocation she started during her college days in 1961 as a pastime activity. She sits with a bunch of chalk pieces and fine needles to cut intricate patterns with the great dexterity - and all drawn from her memory. Having visited so many places like Salar Jung museum, she just recollects all those artistic figures and carve them on the chalks.
Sharing her joy at possession of so many fine pieces of art, Dr. Anjani Devi says though it requires a lot of patience and hard work, it never bothers her. Having spent endless hours with the tiring work at hospital, a little time spent on realising the passion gives immense joy. "It makes me forget the pain," she says.
Plans major work
Over the years, Dr. Anjani Devi perfected the art to such a level that she hardly takes an hour to carve out a splendid image on a piece of chalk - not one but two - on either side of the piece.
This busy doctor now plans to embark on different exercise - to carve out the characters of mythological plays - Ramayana, Mahabharata and others. "Now it takes more time for me as I have to do with the spectacles. It is my wish that I complete a set on a theme," she says sharing her experience.
Dr. Parcha Anjani Devi’s short stories are winning wide appreciation from readers
“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you” says American writer George Saunders.
Of all the genres, writing a short story is most difficult one, which many acclaimed writers say.
However, here is septuagenarian medical professional who won a ccolades from her readers by penning beautiful short pieces.
Meet Dr. Parcha Anjani Devi, a reputed doctor in Hanamkonda, who not only earned a name as doctor but also as a short story writer in Telugu literature. Her stories won wide appreciation from readers and were featured in literary magazines and in number of anthologies brought out by various literary organizations in the state.
Telugu magazines – Andhra Jyothi Sunday magazine, Rachana, Navya, Anveshana and others published Dr Anjani Devi’s stories while the All India Radio airs her stories every month.
Empathy, understanding, family, inter-personal relations and adjustments form themes of her writing. Much acclaimed story, Thanbhi, a Urdu word, meaning almirah, features how a Andhra girl married to a Telangana boy finds difficulty in adjusting. Finding from the diary of her mother-in-law how much she loved her daughter-in-law, the Andhra girl gives up her inhibitions and falls in total love with her new family.
Another story, Naku Nachina Gadhi, which means -- the room which I love the most -- features the memory that haunts her time and again.
When people share their joy of having a new home and room, they love much in it, she ponders over herself and realises that it is the labour room, which she frequented the most, is what she loves the most.
In the story, Antique Piece, Dr. Anjani Devi portrays how people attach more value to the items they collected, including the antique pieces, the value which they do not give to their aged parents. The parents continue to be neglected and are treated less worth.
“I write once in a while. Unless I am moved, and I have confidence that my story moves my reader, I do not take pen. I am happy that most of my stories are widely appreciated,” she says speaking to The Hindu.
Dr. Parcha Anjani Devi, who is enriching Telugu short story genre, during an interview with The Hindu in Warangal on Sunday.