𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐤𝐮𝐥𝐚
𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐝𝐡𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟏𝟕𝟔 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟏𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟖
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 : 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
Shrikant and Shrimati are the main characters of Gently Falls The Bakula. The story begins from the time when Shrikant and Shrimati were in 10th standard. Both were brilliant students, no doubt, and were each other's rivals in the class. As the years pass, a simple friendship between them develops into love. For generations, their families are each other's sworn enemies and Shrikant and Shrimati were able to get married only after endlessly persuading their family members.
Shrimati's character, her resilience, and her strength really stood out to me. I especially liked her final decision. The writing style is simple yet brilliant as usual. The story is set in the 1980s in North Karnataka. Societies are extremely patriarchal and have discriminatory policies towards different castes and religious groups. Match-making in India is depicted in its true sense, with all the buzz about horoscopes, caste, sect, wealth, and how Indian women are believed to be - submissive, docile, and selfless. Shrikant is a typical Indian man who never appreciates his wife but always talks endlessly about his mother's sacrifices. Our protagonist is passionate about history.
In this well-written book, the author pays tribute to the women who sacrificed their preferences for the welfare of their families. Living in India, you would surely come across many such women for sure. However, the ending of the novel is something the Indian women are unlikely to realize. The simplicity of the love story drew me into the book. The innocence of falling in love, the childhood teasing, and the connection to the Bakula flower seem a bit out-of-date, but they work well with the plot's setback.
Readers who are addicted to stories related to the new generation may find this book a bit boring or slow-paced, but if you love classic novels or have a desire to read them, then you must read this. This is a very well-written story that depicts the condition of women in the old days. While our society is changing and our country is encouraging gender equality, there are still some places where women are treated as they did in the old days.
If you are looking for books with strong female protagonists, this is the book for you.
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