Gently Falls the Bakula [Sudha Murty] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What is more important: a successful career or a happy marriage?. Shrimati and Shrikant are neighbours, whose families don’t get along too well. A tree of Bakula (a fragrant flower) seperates the two homes. All about Gently Falls the Bakula by Sudha Murty. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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Gently Falls the Bakula | Sudha Murty | Book Review

Then again, this is India we’re talking about, and this book was written 30 years ago, so its understandable. And the ending was never expected. Jun 18, beautywithbooks rated it liked it Shelves: Now when she looks back, she has nothing.

The ideologies, the family faols, the typical mother-in-law and sister-in-law vs daughter-in-law enmity, the misconceptions about educational qualifications, and the practices surrounding marriage and match making are all very familiar. This books changes my perception about her.

The style of writing was simple and neat, a perfect portrayal of Indian speech.

Gently Falls the Bakula by Sudha Murty

Like Liked by 1 person. A story told in a simple style. This Review was first published in http: Shrimati supports him through it. You better read it. And that is lacking in her life right now.

Holding a bakula flower in his palm, he was wondering why he was fascinated by this tiny flower, that was neither as beautiful as a rose nor had the fragrance of a jasmine or a champaka.


This simple story turns into a complex one, when Srikant starts loving his career more than Shrimati and when she starts realizing that her life is going no where apart from revolving around her husband and his needs. They go to Bombay where Shrikant proves himself in the gejtly industry and becomes the MD.

I often wondered if one reason he ‘fell’ for her was so that he could show himself that no matter how many times she beat him in school, ultimately she is completely dependent on him, and a simple housewife while he has advanced to the one of the highest steps on the ladder.

Unfortunately, the couple is unable to have a child due to a rare disorder. She tells him that she had loved him and History and him more than her studies. Well before the end of the book, I had an inkling of what the conclusion might be like.

Way too familiar now, you find such stories everywhere around you, the ambitions- sacrificed in the name of family, the discontent at not being able spend more time together but I must congratulate Sudha Murthy for writing this some thirty years back, much before liberalization and all! I bet the answers are not going to make us happy. It begins when both Shrikant and Shrimati are students of Model High School, Hubli and revolves around their competitiveness in both curricular and extra curricular activities in school.

The story is small and crisp, with a simple plot line. Initially men work for money but soon, money becomes unimportant. Their friendship blossoms and they fall in love with each other.

With the absence of children, the gaping hole of love in Shrimati’s life becomes all the more pronounced. The open ending is quite appropriate here, but still I would like to assume that at gentlt point of time they again fently and lived with each other happily!! This is the first of the umpteen sacrifices she makes for her beloved. While on the other hand Shrimati dedicates her life to her husband and supports him in thick and thin.


Like Liked by 3 people. Gently Falls the Bakula deserves 5 stars for plenty of reasons.

She just wants to have the love and attention of her husband, be accepted by her in-laws, and have a symbol of their love in a child. In the sleepy town of Hubli, lived the two lovers Srikant and Srimati.

And yet, it was very special to him. Narayana Murty are pretty well known out here. She is the obvious choice for being a tourist guide to visiting professors.

But with success comes a high price. A brilliantly written novel, felt a little “Feminist” but it was needed to express the feelings of women who is intelligent and capable in her own standards. We often take human relations for granted and forget that they require nurture, care, time, and love just like a business.

Jun 15, Shilpi Jain rated it liked it. This story points towards sudhha typical Indian society where the girl abandons all her academic aspirations after marriage to accompany her husband.

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