𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐈 𝐍𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐊𝐧𝐞𝐰
𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐝𝐡𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟒
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 : 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
"The Mother I Never Knew" consists of two short stories. Throughout both stories, the protagonist sets out in search of his real mother and is stunned to find out the truth. Each story is entirely different from the other.
Venkatesh, a bank manager, is the protagonist of the first story. In a strange coincidence, he meets a man who looks just like him, and when he tries to find out why they are so similar, he finds out a surprising fact about his father. Venkatesh wants to make amends with his impoverished stepmother-but how can he repay his father's debt?
Except for the ending, I enjoyed the story. It could have been a bit more practical.
In the second story, Mukesh learns after his father's death that he was adopted. The more he digs into finding his biological mother, the more confused he becomes about where his loyalty should lie: with the mother who gave birth to him, or with the mother who raised him.
As always, the writing is excellent, and the storyline moves forward without hesitation. Sudha Murthy delves deeper into the human heart through these plotlines, exploring the emotions we feel for our loved ones. Once again, she discussed the prejudices that patriarchal society has against widows, single mothers, teenage pregnancies, and women in general. These two novellas show how women are controlled by the men in their lives.
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