The present book is an attempt to document the voice and the narration of Vaidehi for the times to come. Her narration of stories stands tall in its richness of Kundapura dialect and also beyond that with a sense of oneness with the culture of Kannada. This book of five stories and seven poems are read by her. These select stories are already published ones but what makes it different is the way they are read. Every word, every punctuation, every pause ? seem so different in her voice. The name ?Vaidehi dhvani? is given to represent not only the tonal quality of her voice that is different but that also of her thought that generate new energy in the listener or the reader. The audio CD is also accompanied by a book in text form basically to facilitate those who want to study her stories. There are many students in different universities who take them as a matter of study.
This book is a coming together of two women writers of modern Kannada literature; one from its early period, the other, a contemporary. Saraswati Bai Rajwade, the early writer, became a fable, a mythology, leaving behind only the shadows of her writing. Vaidehi, the contemporary writer, reinvents Rajwade from the folds of history and gives her a life in the present. Saraswati Bai Rajwade was born into a poor family in the Dakshina Kannada of yore. By chance, she stepped into theatre and later into films. But all the glory that came to her unexpectedly, vanished just as suddenly. She later became the wife of a rich and high official, travelled abroad and underwent immense suffering. In her pain and loneliness, she took to books and also began to write and attained glory as a writer. In the last years of her life, she returned to a life of austerity and anonymity. Vaidehi has collected bits and pieces from her life and writing, presenting before us a unique tapestry. In this tapestry, Vaidehi?s perceptions criss-cross with Rajwade?s life and writing. Art does not reside in the object, but in its close encounter with life. This work unfolds before us as a grand illustration of such twin narratives.