Dollar bahu by Sudha Murthy

Dollar_BahuI had gone to Sirsi in Karnataka to attend a wedding and borrowed Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy from the bride-to-be and could not keep it down till I finished it. I came back home and bought one for myself because I felt that I could read it again. The characters were very lifelike and this seems to be the story of every Indian house where the child who earns more is treated better then the one who earns comparatively less.

It is the story of a middle class family headed by Shamanna, a Sanskrit teacher in Bangalore, his wife Gouramma and their two sons, Chandrakant and Girish and their daughter Surabhi. Shamanna is a calm, sensible and contented man. His wife is an extremely ambitious, clever woman Chandrashekhar, the older one, is punctual, organized, thorough, systematic and ahead of time in everything and a civil engineer. Girish, the younger one, is easily distracted, fickle and almost irresponsible and works as a clerk in a bank. Their only sister, Surabhi is concerned about her needs and desires.

Chandru gets a chance to go to America on deputation and his mother expresses her desire to join him there later. While he is in America, Girish gets married to Vinuta from Dharwad, who is a music teacher in the same school where their father works. She looks after her husband and his family. Chandru gets marries to Jamuna from a rich family. Gouramma starts comparing the two daughters in law. She favours the ‘Dollar Bahu’, Jamuna whose husband sends dollars to his mother.

When Gouramma visits her favourite son and daughter in law, she realizes that wants to be in India, at home with her family because money cannot buy anything.

Book Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Penguin

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