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Book Review: Dollar Bahu
Title of the Book: Dollar Bahu

Author: Sudha Murthy Genre: Fiction, Drama Language: English Price: Rs.150/Pages: 142 Publisher: Penguin Original Book: Dollar Sose, written in Kannada and later translated in Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malyalam and Gujrathi

About the Author Little did I know about Sudha Murthy other than she is the wife of Narayan Murthy, the software industrialist and the founder and chief mentor of Infosys Technologies. My first exposure to her literary activities is through this book where I got to know she is a prolific writer in English and Kannada and is the recepient of several awards for her philanthropic and literary activities including the Padma Shri in 2006. Sudha Murthy was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in North Karnataka. She did her M.Tech in Computer Science and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. Main Characters in the Story
Shamanna Gouramma Chandra Shekar A Sanskrit teacher and father in the story A housewife and wife of Shamanna Eldest son of Shamanna and Gouramma, A Civil Engineer by profession but later honed his computer skills to become the green card holder.

The eldest son. The problem starts when Girish's elder brother Chandru. father-in-law and mother-in-law. cars. Girish and Surabhi. a big house. the 'Dollar Bahu'. Vinutha marries Girish and starts living with his family in Bangalore. Works as a clerk in a bank The youngest child and daughter of Surabhi Vinutha fondly called Vini Jamuna The Dollar bahu and wife of Chandru Shamanna and Gouramma A school teacher and wife of Girish Story Summary The story is about a Indian family where Shamanna. He wanted his children.The Dollar son who moved to the United States of America Girish Second son of Shamanna and Gouramma.. Being an NRI he is flooded with marriage proposals and finally marries Jamuna. looking after her husband. Chandra Shekhar. whose husband earns the valuable dollars that has brought the family its recent affluence. worked hard to keep the domestic expenses within the budget. servants. Vinutha slowly loses her peace of mind and health. Vinutha has to listen to the constant comparisons made between her and Chandru's wife. his wife. She adjusts to her new family well. but she was extremely ambitious and always dreamed of gold jewellry. The second son.. she sees how liberating life can be and saw the world from a . the head of the family is a Sanskrit teacher earning modest salary and a sensible and contented man. to have a good education.But Shamanna's priorities were different from his wife's.. who is in the US. Gouramma. Then Gouramma decides to visit her US-based son and daugther-in-law for her daugther-inlaws's maternity care.. not taking to heart her mother-in-law's and sister-in-law's constant picking. Once there. Chandra Shekhar moved to the USA on work and became enamoured of the comforts and charms of the American way of life very soon and decided to stay back in US until he got the green card. who is from a rich family. decides to get married. Girish worked as clerk in a bank and was happy and contented with his lot.

different perspective. but she also begins to understand that mere dollars cannot buy the love and respect that she gets as her due back in India. Critical Analysis The story reminds me of the phrase" The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence".... The plot of the story is very well written and concludes that though 'Money speaks Honey' but at the end it also corrupts the way people look at each other and how it can tear a family apart.. her best efforts notwithstanding.The author has maintained the balance very well without upholding or degrading any culture or contrast of the two countries and proves the point that one cannot have the best of both worlds and has left it to the reader to ponder. My Take . There has been contrasts and comparisons throughout the story be it with the contrasting nature of the two brothers.. Gouramma realised her mistake and was moved to tears. The invincible Dollar had fallen. When she reached home she realised that Vinutha and Girish had shifted to Dharwad the reason being as Gouramma's arrival to India drew nearer Vinutha was sinking into depression since Vinutha was worried that after a year-long stay in America. or the contrast nature of the two bahus and the contrast of the east meets west which forms the epicentre of the story.. The author has vividly put across the typical story witnessed in many houses with engineers after the software boom where every house wants its son to be an NRI and every house wants its daughter married to an NRI. The author through this book has conveyed that 'It's good to have money and the things that money can buy.. she can never be a good daughter-in-law in Gouramma's eyes.. and at the same time its good to ensure that one hasn't lost the things that money can't buy'.. Gouramma decided to return to India and now America was no longer a fantasy land for her and for the first time in a year she felt at home when the flight landed in Bangalore... She also realised that sweet talks can be deceiving and realised her stupidity of falling prey to Jamua's evil mind and wealth and regretted her own rude attitude towards Vinutha.

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