Dollar Bahu

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Author: Sudha Murty

ISBN: 10:0-14310-376-8

Price: 150 INR

The story plot is around money which is portrayed in the form of Dollar. How the dollar changes the relationships,way of living,the way of thinking and a human being in totality ! The story has three sets of couples-Gouramma-Shammana,Vinuta-Girish,Chandru-Jamuna.

Girish and Chandru are two sons apart from a daughter,Surabhi, of Gouramma-Shammana. Shammana being a school teacher all his life, they are a middle class family with no frills and laces attached to their simple life. But the wife ,who is  a dominant head of the house-Gouramma-dreams high and wishes at least one of her sons goes to the US of A and earn money dollars and uplift their lifestyle. Finally her dream, which is a remote possibility, comes true for Chandru. He is off to the US of A and starts earning in dollars and since he climbs the rungs of success pretty quickly he becomes a rich man and Gouramma realizes her dream of spending lavishly and buying costly silk sarees and the works.

The two sons get married one after the other. As obvious it seems-Girish gets married to a very simple-coming from a poor family-girl Vinuta. On the other hand since Chandru lives in the states and is a rich man he attracts rich alliances out of which he gets married to Jamuna-who is of course not a simple and sweet girl.

Yes,the real story begins.How Gouramma keeps praising the Dollar Bahu-Jamuna who lives miles away and keeps cursing Vinuta who is always there at her beck and call.Gouramma becomes the alice in wonderland and her fairy tale ends only when she has to live in the US with Chandru and Jamuna for Jamuna’s delivery. 12 months that Gouramma spends with Jamuna makes her realise the truth and the value of Vinuta.She realises that she has been wrong in judging her daughter-in-laws despite of her husabnd telling her the stark differnce between Vinuta and Jamuna.

Gouramma decides that once she goes back to India she will not repeat the same mistakes and will care for Vinuta. But back home-does Vinuta forgives Gouramma for her bad behavior all this while? Do they leave the bitter past behind and start a new life ?

I personally didn’t like the book much. It was very obvious.Very typical.Also,in the later half the book only talks about the [Indian] people’s relationships in the states.All the people that Gouramma meets in the states have had a rough patch in their relationships-this was not justified.I mean somewhere you start feeling that all the relationships in the states fail at some point in time resulting into a divorce.And these anecdotes become eye openers for Gouramma and she realise Vinuta’s worth ! The book also praises America for the freedom,organised culture,privacy,cleanliness and the works.But that’s that.

I won’t give it a MUST READ status !

My rating for this book is 2


18 comments on “Dollar Bahu

  1. Titaxy says:

    After reading the summary of the story somewhere, I had decided never to get it :). Seriously did not interest me in anyway. Good to see that I wasn’t mistaken 😀

  2. I’d reviewed this on my blog last year and felt exactly the same way. I honestly don’t get why Indian authors portray relationships in countries outside of India as being rocky (read a few others as well…). It’s not like they are hunky-dory within India! Didn’t particularly like Sudha Murty’s books (after having read 3)

    • Nu says:

      Yeah true…it’s not America..or any other’s about the humans involved in the relationships..

      Though I liked her ‘Gently falls the bakula’..this was my second read of hers.

  3. Pins N Ashes says:

    Sudha Murthy as in Narayan Murthy’s wife right! the same person… I felt exactly the same for the book Roots and Shadows (Shashi Deshpande) and is still unable to read her until I got hold of one her essays on English in India which was quite well written and thoughtful… sounds a perfect plot for a masala bollywood movie!!!

    • Nu says:

      oh i like shashi deshpande’s books…I have read her 2 books..though she writes a little bit dark side but she writes very well…

  4. Pins N Ashes says:

    Forgot to mention, I like Sudha Murthy’s articles that come in newspapers and magazines…:)

  5. Smitha says:

    Oh dear! I had better hopes of Sudha Murty! I was hoping that it would be good -but it seems too predictable and stale 😦

    • Nu says:

      Yes Smitha,this book came out to be very obvious ! Though the writing style is nice but for that you can read Sudha’s articles 🙂

  6. soin says:

    too cliched this book.i dont know why her books are so hyped.ironical considering her image comes from her husband and what she stands

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  8. yash more says:

    gud buk interesting

  9. p.c.h says:

    sudha mam”s writing is very interesting.and in indian language this book is touch the heart.

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