Yes, I finished reading yet another book – Gently Falls the Bakula by Sudha Murty. And I just loved this one! 🙂
I picked up the book a few days back off a pavement store, as I was intrigued by the storyline. I read the excerpt on the back cover, and I knew I just had to read the book. I was not at all disappointed! 🙂
Note: Plot partly revealed
Gently falls the Bakula is the story of Shrikant and Shrimati, a couple whose romance begins as early as Standard X, while they study at the same school in Hubli. Both are outstanding students, and initially start out as competitors. They go on to fall in love and get married.
Shrikant goes on progressing in his career, while Shrimati’s career takes a backseat after marriage. She becomes Shrikant’s uncomplaining shadow and even leaves her love of history to help Shrikant pursue his career path without problems.
At a certain point of time, she realises that they have drifted apart. Shrikant has become a hard-core business person, while Shrimati is right where she was. The old affection between them is lost. She realises that her life is quite empty, and that she has lost more than Shrikant’s love. She is faced with a tough decision at this juncture – choosing between her own life and her husband, who has drifted too far away to have any hope of coming back. I don’t think I should reveal here what path Shrimati chose, and break the suspense. 🙂 Do check out the book and find out. 🙂
I have loved all the Sudha Murty books I have read so far, and the same goes for this one. I really loved the character of Shrimati, the mentally strong, intelligent and capable woman who loves selflessly and fights with her circumstances.
For those of you wondering about the book’s title, Bakula is the name of a fragrant flower. Shrikant and Shrimati’s romance blossoms under a Bakula tree. Cute na? 😛
Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely. A big YES!! 🙂
My rating: 4 stars
Song on my mind:
Just love these lines:
Ghar tera saloni, Baadal ki colony,
Dikhla de thenga in sabko, Jo udna na jaane..