Book Journey: Dollar Bahu

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy

Genre: Drama, Family, Fiction
Book Name: Dollar Bahu
Author: Sudha Murthy
Pages: 142
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books

For your information, dear reader, there are no spoilers ahead in this book review. Reading the excerpt, the story is all laid out in front of you before even you start reading it. Quick and a light read, this is a simple story of saas-bahu. This book is as good as a typical K-series drama. You may still like the typical stereotype the characters are built upon and you may correlate them with your neighborhood and with those around you.

Notable point: This was translated from Dollar Sose in Kannada.

The easy way the story moves, Sudha Murthy has kept it simple by restricting the story to less than 150 pages. The story is about the attraction the western world/ Dollars still commands from Indian middle class and the disengagement ‘kasmakash’ one can associate between money and relationships. And that most times, you cannot get everything that you want, there’s always a either-or situation.

Both cultures – Indian and Western have been represented well along with their pros and cons and the author has done well in this regard. However, I expected the male characters to develop as well as I turned the pages and this has been a disappointment.

Google searching the image of this book, found out that this has already been made into a TV series and aired on Zee TV channel in 2001.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Does money corrupt the way family members look at one another?

Vinuta marries Girish, a bank clerk, and starts living with his family in Bangalore. She adjusts to her new family well, looking after her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gouramma, not taking to heart her mother-in-law’s constant criticism. But when Girish’s elder brother Chandru, who is in the US, decides to get married, Vinuta has to listen to the constant comparisons made between her and Chandru’s wife, the ‘Dollar Bahu’, whose husband earns the valuable dollars that has brought the family its recent affluence. Vinuta slowly loses her health and peace of mind.

Then Gouramma decides to visit her US-based son and daughter-in-law. Once there, she sees how liberating life can be, away from the strict norms that govern Indian middle-class life. But she also begins to understand that mere dollars cannot buy the love and respect that she gets as her due back in India. . .

Gouramma realizes that she must forge a new relationship with Vinuta–but Vinuta has to first forgive and forget the past.

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 novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces, and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages.

Sudha Murty was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011

Rating: 7/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

Posted on October 23, 2015, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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