𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐝𝐡𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟏𝟒𝟐 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟏𝟏𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟕
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 : 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
The story is about a middle-class family headed by Shamanna, a Sanskrit teacher in Bangalore, his wife Gouramma, and their two sons, Chandrakant and Girish, and their daughter Surabhi. Shamanna is a calm, sensible, and content man. He is married to an ambitious and clever woman. Chandrashekhar, the older of the two, is punctual, organized, thorough, systematic, and always ahead of everything. His younger brother, Girish, is easily distracted, fickle, and almost irresponsible, and works as a bank clerk. Surabhi, their only sister, cares about her needs and desires.
The story begins from Chandru's perspective, who loves Vinuta. When he goes to America, he decides to pursue his career. Chandru gets married after chasing his dream job and choosing a woman as per his mother's wishes. While earning dollars, he never bothers to discuss his feelings with Vinuta. After that, Girish got married to Vinuta. Gouramma, her mother-in-law, sees her two daughters-in-law differently for no cause of their own. As Chandru's Dollar Bahu (daughter-in-law), she plays like a puppet to her every whim, while Vinuta is unworthy of being in the family.
In the story, the real difference in one's nature between the reality and the perfect image created by one's imagination is challenged. The book explores how baseless preferences and favoritism cause unnecessary harm and hurt to their own families. The book has been written in a concise yet beautiful manner that conveys in its entirety the meaning of the work. The style of writing is very straightforward and easy to understand. It is a short book. I would describe it as a domestic drama.
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