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Gently Falls The Bakula

Sudha Murty

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Completed on 20 June 2022
ISBN : 9780143103776

What is more important: a successful career or a happy marriage? In the small town of Hubli, Shrikant discovers that he is attracted to his plain-looking but charming neighbour Shrimati, who always does better than him in the school exams. Shrimati too falls in love with the amiable and handsome Shrikant and the two get married. Shrikant joins an IT company and starts rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. He works relentlessly and reaches the pinnacle of his industry, while Shrimati abandons her academic aspirations and becomes his uncomplaining shasow, silently fulfilling her duties as a corporate leader’s wife. But one day, while talking to an old professor, she starts examining what she has done with her life and realizes it is dismally empty… Gently Falls the Bakula is the story of a marriage that loses its way as ambition and self-interest take their toll. Written nearly three decades ago, Sudha Murty’s first novel remains startlingly relevant in its scrutiny of modern values and work ethics. 


Amazing book and highly recommended. A happy marriage or a good career—which is more important? Shrikant learns that he has feelings for his plain-looking but endearing neighbour Shrimati, who always performs better than him on academic tests, in the little village of Hubli. Shrimati marries the charming and attractive Shrikant after falling in love with him as well. Shrikant starts working for an IT company and quickly moves up the corporate ladder. While Shrimati gives up her academic goals and becomes his uncomplaining shasow, silently carrying out her obligations as a corporate leader's wife, he toils tirelessly and rises to the top of his industry. However, when speaking with an old professor, she starts to reflect on her life and realises it is dreadfully empty.

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