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‘Anantha Vinayakudu’, a book on Lord Ganesha authored by former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University V. Balamohandas, was released in the city on Friday.

Former Rector of Andhra University and Director of Centre for Policy Studies, A. Prasanna Kumar, who released the book, remarked that it was as if Ganesh Chaturthi festival was being celebrated a week in advance.

He appreciated the uncanny nature of the book which combined management, politics and governance would be useful not only to the religious-minded but to non-believers as well.

Noted Telugu scholar K. Malayavasini who reviewed the book said that the author who penned it during his three-month sojourn in Russia came out with all details of the elephant-faced god, including prayer verses in 59 chapters. A galaxy of city elite – managing director of Chairman of Sri Saranya Venkateswara Swamy temple and Pydah educational institutions Pydah Krishna Prasad, Vijaya Nirman S. Vijaya Kumar, founder-trustee of Sampath Vinayaka temple T.S. Rajeswaran, managing director and of Kumarraja Projects and sponsor of the book K. Kumarraja, principal of Gayatri Vidya Parishad College P. Raja Ganapathi, chairman of Gopala Krishna Foundation PVGK Murthy, and surgeon from Gajapathinagaram BSR Murthy were on the dais.

Earlier, Prof. Balamohandas who welcomed the gathering said he had dedicated the work to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

Wife of the author Vasantha was present. Principal of Mahatma Gandhi College in Guntur DAR Subrahmanyam conducted the proceedings and Sushma introduced the guests.