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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW 2 : HOUSE OF CARDS

About the Author –
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children

Story-line
Mridula, a simple village girl, lives in Aladahalli in North Karnataka. Her very description is inspiring  -

“Mridula was not like everybody, she was different. She had enormous enthusiasm for life and unlimited energy for reading, cooking and sketching. It seemed that sun rose for her and the rainbow colors meant only for her”. Every day was to be lived to the fullest and every beautiful moment to be enjoyed”

Subsequently she falls in love with Sanjay, a doctor and they get settled with their respective government jobs at Bangalore. Though Sanjay & Mridula upgrade in their status, they drift away from each other. Sanjay and their son Sishir forms team against Mridula and leaves her depressed. To add on, Sanjay keeps siphoning funds to her sister and mother without Mridula’s knowledge and uplifts their status too. “Wife is the last person to hear” works out well in this novel. Being completely ignored by husband and son, Mridula decides to go back to her village on their 25th wedding anniversary. Will Sanjay go to Aladahalli? What happens next is the climax of the story!  

Ratnamma's (Sanjay’s mother) character is worth noticing because of which Mridula could make a decision to move out and lead an independent life! 

The language is very simple and the characters are very much realistic. Lovely script, depicts the exact feeling of any female facing discontentment in married life despite a love marriage! The story-line takes us to the peak of emotions totally sunk in the oceans of reality where even a hard hearted person would shed tears! 

Rating 4/5 

Price - Rs 147/-
Pages - 232
Publisher - Penguin Books India
Published - 2013




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