Gudipati Venkatachalam aka Chalam (1894 – 1979), a Telugu writer and philosopher, was one of the most influential personalities in the modern Telugu literature. Life
Maidanam, Sasirekha, Dyvamicchina bharya, Jeevitadarsam, Brahmanikam, Bujjigadu
Short story collections
Jealousy, Aa rathri, Prema paryavasanam, Satyam Sivam Sundaram
Musings, Papam, Prema Lekhalu
Chalam was a strong critic of the fundamental societal architecture of his time. He believed that the barriers created by the society precluded love and mutual understanding from human relationships.
In a society that believed in the children being indebted to their parents, he proclaimed caring for and bringing up of children as the fundamental duty as parents.
He was widely shunned during his times especially for his advocacy of women’s rights and his total rejection of the family system.
From Brahmanikam: to be verified
Stri oka mata valla,chupu vallaa purushuniki sandichhindaa....ika atani adhikaraniki,korikalaki,vinnapalaki antam undadu. Asalu paryavasanam akkarleni stri modatininchi vimukhamgane undali......nippu vale undali,kaalanu kudadani chala mandi moorkhula aasa...
స్త్రీ ఒక మాట వల్ల,చూపు వల్లా పురుషునికి సందిచ్చిందా....ఇక అతని అధికారానికి, కోరికలకి, విన్నపాలకి అంతం ఉండదు. అసలు పర్యవసానం అక్కర్లేని స్త్రీ మొదటినించి విముఖంగానే ఉండాలి......నిప్పు వలె ఉండాలి, ...