I picked up this book on my way back from work today, started reading it on the way back in the train and I have already finished the book! Now that says a lot about the book and a little bit about my obsession of finishing a good book once I start it!
Sudha Murty is one of my favorite authors…I think I have read all her books….I love her style of writing..she is so down to earth…I had a chance to attend one of her talks and meet her…and she talks just like she writes…ek dum dil se!
“Gently Falls the Bakula” is suppose to be one of her first books. It is a story of a bright intelligent girl Shrimati who falls in love and gets married to her classmate Shrikant (Shri) …who is also very intelligent but Shrimati is always out ranks Shrikant in all exams and clearly the smarter and more intelligent among the two!
Their romance is so cute and unadulterated and maybe almost unreal in today’s time’…well after all it is a book written almost 3o years ago…but it is still very endearing and relatable! The story is like a Hindi movie….their families are neighbors in a small Karnataka town who don’t get along because of some ancestral disputes on property. After school Shri goes to IIT to become an engineer and Shrimati does her MA in history(she tops her 10th board exams…but chooses to do history cause she is passionate about it!) and their friendship continues to grow
Eventually they get married…but Shrikant’s mother never really accepts the Shrimati…They move out of the small town in Hubli to Mumbai…Shrikant becomes a super successful IT professional and from a software engineer becomes the MD of the company in a short span of 10 years…Shrimati gives up on her career and her love for history and becomes the dutiful wife to the rising corporate star..
This book is about her life and her feelings….It is a very well written book….quick and easy to read…I like most of the book except her monologues on history…..Overall a good read…Although I really don’t know if I like the call that she takes in the end….maybe deep down I am still a believer of the old school thoughts!
PS:-In case you are wondering about the name of the book….Bakula is a name of a flower…and their initial romance started around a Bakula tree…Gently falls the Bakula I think signifies how slowly the romance fades out!