Monday, 30 September 2013

Book Review : House of cards by Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty comes out with her next book called House of Cards. Thankfully I got to lay my hands on a copy and as always its was a good read. Sudha Murty is known for her simple yet strong stories that gets you thinking and keeps you wanting to read some more. The language she uses is so simple and her stories so good that you can actually relate to them.

House of cards is the story of Mridula, a simple and sweet girl who is full of life and enthusiasm. She is intelligent and an honest girl who believes in doing the right thing always. She stays with her parents and her brother in Aladahalli a small village in North Karnataka. Where all want to be a doctor or an engineer, Mridula chooses to be a teacher. 

Sanjay, a doctor, is the son of Ratnamma, a money lender in T Narasipura, works in KEM Hospital Mumbai under Dr Chandra. Sanjay meets Mridula at a marriage celebration in her village and falls in love with her. Sanjay proposes marriage and Mridula informs her parents of the same. They get married and move to Bangalore. Sanjay goes on to complete his post-graduation and Mridula joins a government school as a teacher. After getting frustrated in a Government job, Sanjay moves into private practice. 

Though Mridula and Sanjay move up in status and wealth they eventually drift apart after twenty five years from each other in thoughts, words and deeds. Mridula being an honest person expects the same from her husband too but she is shocked when she comes to know that he has been hiding something from her and having his own secrets. 

This is a very well written book and the story is about how dishonesty can hamper a relation. Sudha Murty brings us the story of a common person, someone we can relate to and that is what makes her books so special. I have always loved her work and this one is definitely a good read.

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