Monday, April 5, 2010
Gently Falls The Bakula by Sudha Murthy
Forgetting or ignoring the long-term feud between both their families Shri and Shri fall in love with each other. The Bakula tree with fragrant flowers becomes their meeting point. After passing out of IIT, Shrikanth gets a job in Mumbai and he marries Shrimathi much to the chagrin of both the families! Of course, Shrimathi is happy and wears a string of Bakula flowers for her wedding.
All is well in the first few years of marriage as Shrimathi is madly in love with Shrikanth and makes a lot of sacrifices to run a home together. Shrimathi never wins the approval or love of her in-laws and she almost swallows allahala visha every times she meets them! Her plans of higher studies in History are quashed by demands of money for loan repayments by Shrikanth's mom. Shrikanth is an ever-obliging and polite son. He is also an extremely dutiful worker at office. Because of his hardwork, he overtakes a lot of seniors and classmates at work. And he gets promoted and they buy a house overlooking the sea as per Shrimathi's wishes.
In spite of material comforts, Shrimathi is put off by the innumerable parties she has to host for Shrikanth's prospective clients. And the artificial talks and lifestyle of these party fellaws intrigue Shri. One of Shrikanth's friends put their child in a boarding school so that they can be free at home. Shrimathi is philosophical and admires King Ashoka and Buddhism, whereas Shrikanth is pragmatic and calls a spade a spade. Shrikanth is not too keen to have a kid even after 10 years of marriage and a doctor declares that both of them are sub-fertile and have to wait indefinitely!
Shrimathi once jokes that she thinks of Bhamati, a wife who devotes her entire lifetime cooking and caring for her husband. Her husband is too focused on writing a book and discovers his dead wife only after finishing his book. And he calls the book Bhamathi in remembrance of his dead and devoted wife!
Shrimathi wonders if a workaholic who ignores his/her family is any different from a drunkard. Both of them seem to be intoxicated and on a high! Many women resort to drugs, fall into depression and become kleptomaniacs to attract the attention of their ambitious and busy husbands.
What happens to the marriage of Shrikanth and Shrimathi? Does Shrimathi pursue her doctorate in history? Or does she become another Bhamathi? Read the book to find out more.
Once you start reading the book, "Gently Falls The Bakula", you will never put it down till the finish - if u have no distractions! And I wondered if the story reflected major tiffs between Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murthy.