Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murty Reviews, Discussion Oct, Dollar Bahu has, ratings and reviews Ganesh said Avoid this book Period It s a. Dollar Bahu A story of how money corrupts the way people look at one another and how it can almost tear a family apart Vinuta marries Girish a bank clerk and. I have a more complete book recommendation —> [PDF] 1 [PDF] 2 [PDF] 3 [PDF] 4 [PDF] 5 [PDF] 6 [PDF] 7 [PDF] 8 [PDF] 9 [PDF] 10 [PDF] 11 [PDF] 12 [PDF]
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Dollar Bahu book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A story of how money corrupts the way people look at one another and h . in Kannada as Dollar Sose by the columnist and philanthropist writer Sudha Murty was translated in English as Dollar Bahu. The novel emphasized the value of. Dollar Bahu - Sudha Murty - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. cv.
Something that he had never imagined was now a harsh reality. Product description Product Description A story of how money corrupts the way people look at one another and how it can almost tear a family apart Vinuta marries Girish, a bank clerk, and starts living with his family in Bangalore. He had probably met some friends and lost track of time. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 22, Anupa Chatterji rated it liked it. Gouramma took a look at the price tag:
It is the topsy turvy exchange rates between currencies, which is the real culprit. The value of money within a country is the real value. The exchange rates are artificial and are determined on the basis of marketability of products.
Indian Rupee has the same value in India as the Dollar has in America. But the falsely created rate of exchange between the Rupee versus the Dollar ends up raising the value of remittances of money from America to India, and makes the Indian exports cheaper, and the imports costlier. This creates problems in every deal. In fact the expensive Dollar in terms of the Rupee makes it hard for residents of America to spend Dollars in their own country as freely as they would spend its Rupee form in India.
While the same product or service could be purchased for less money in India compared to America makes India a better country to live in. This is why the foreigners are charged 2 to 10 times the price for goods and services compared to that Indians pay in India.
And the excess left in the amount remitted leads to quarrel among the members of a household that receives it. There are too many other ills due to the artificial exchange rates. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A nice fable but most of the people, sentiment are a common occurrence in India.
Gouramma is everywhere in India and there is nothing wrong in that. The people and sentiment of those from USA also resonate very well. As many Gouramma that many Jamuna. I think its typical of a region of India, if it is. And it might be a long time ago, that this was the case. Off late times have changed and this might not be true. Nevertheless, this is definitely a well written book, where many small tales are also intertwined.
The lesson learn t within a lifetime is well. Many a times we understand and accept things only on death bed, when there is no time left to actually live the good part that we were missing and realized. Sudha Murthy's writtings are mostly worth reading..
It is mostly regarding a typical Indian family who runs after the fame of living abroad.. The problem arises if one stays abroad and the other here itself.. And the comparisons made by mother-in-laws.. A story that gives you the earthly feeling. Simple narrative yet a profound message conveyed.
None of the characters were belittled for their behaviour, they were portrayed as is. The book is written in a way that we can relate to it. The language is simple and we can finish the book faster maybe in a day, but the message stays on for longer.
Vinuta's plight, Girish's behaviour, change in Gowramma and the incidents she witnesses during her stay in US is put forth very beautifully. See all reviews. Sudha murthy's writing comes straight from the heart not the brain, some might argue: It is worth the tiny quantum of time it takes to read through its odd pages.
Odd being the key word there!! Where some would say the book shows everything in plain black and white , I feel Sudha has done her job well by presenting raw facts in front of the readers and leaving the judgement in their hands.
After all, different people give different weights to priorities in life Candid and unembellished. After all, different people give different weights to priorities in life and this is a book about opportunities that come our way and the choices we make, the sacrifices we endure.
It is only fair on her part to have kept her personal beliefs, prejudices and judgements to herself and not let them leak into her writing. I am no master critic but I personally feel that this book is worth a read. Even if you may not enjoy it because of Sudha's banal prose, you will most certainly end up thinking of how you handle d the situation where opportunity knocks at your door.
Apr 24, Susan rated it liked it. Very interesting insights into American and Indian culture, but it reads a little like a fable with a moral at the end. A nice read. Feb 17, Gayathri Manikandan rated it it was ok Shelves: A quick and light read. The book synopsis gives you the story outline and the story flows as expected with no surprises, twists or impressive characterization. The message comes across but it would have been more interesting had there been some depth.
With such an ordinary story at hand, the author could have afforded to break the stereotyped characters. I mean why should women, mother in laws in particular, should always be the ones proud about their children being abroad? Why not men, the fath A quick and light read.
Why not men, the father in law? How about both of them?
Why is the girl brought up against odds Vinuta always the 'good' one and the one who is pampered with wealth Jamuna or otherwise Gauramma's daughter are always 'spoilt'. In short, why are the characters black and white? And the characters that Gauramma meets in US, everyone has a story that is told in few lines either by themselves or by Chandru.
The characters come into the story very quickly one behind the other and leave as quickly as they entered. At the least, am happy that the book did not have a 'they lived happily ever after' end with Vinuta readily accepting her Mother in law. Overall, it makes a good casual read and nothing beyond. Sep 27, Yashika Thapliyal rated it it was amazing.
Aug 20, Sirisha rated it liked it. Apr 29, Arti rated it really liked it. I had gone to Sirsi in Karnataka to attend a wedding and borrowed Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy from the bride-to-be and could not keep it down till I finished it.
I came back home and bought one for myself because I felt that I could read it again. The characters were very lifelike and this seems to be the story of every Indian house where the child who earns more is treated better then the one who earns comparatively less.
It is the story of a middle class family headed by Shamanna, a Sanskrit t I had gone to Sirsi in Karnataka to attend a wedding and borrowed Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy from the bride-to-be and could not keep it down till I finished it.
It is the story of a middle class family headed by Shamanna, a Sanskrit teacher in Bangalore, his wife Gouramma and their two sons, Chandrakant and Girish and their daughter Surabhi.
Shamanna is a calm, sensible and contented man. His wife is an extremely ambitious, clever woman Chandrashekhar, the older one, is punctual, organized, thorough, systematic and ahead of time in everything and a civil engineer. Girish, the younger one, is easily distracted, fickle and almost irresponsible and works as a clerk in a bank. Their only sister, Surabhi is concerned about her needs and desires.
Chandru gets a chance to go to America on deputation and his mother expresses her desire to join him there later. While he is in America, Girish gets married to Vinuta from Dharwad, who is a music teacher in the same school where their father works. She looks after her husband and his family. Chandru gets marries to Jamuna from a rich family.
Gouramma starts comparing the two daughters in law. When Gouramma visits her favourite son and daughter in law, she realizes that wants to be in India, at home with her family because money cannot buy anything.
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Feb 19, Harshita Kale rated it really liked it. This was a simple story but one that really touched me. The journey of a person who has escaped the grasps of severe poverty in her childhood is suddenly flooded with bundles of money when her eldest son finds a job in the U.
That is why she holds him and him wife, the 'Dollar Bahu' is very high regard; neglecting her poor, hardworking younger daughter-in-law since she works as a teacher at a mere government school. Entranced by the charm of the U. This book sheds some real light onto how one is hypnotized seeing the shine of wealth, but in fact, it is not everything required for a family to be satisfied and contended.
Jan 30, Farhana rated it did not like it Shelves: I was looking forward to this book but my enthusiasm dampened just 30 pages into the story. The simplicity of the language was agreeable but the plot is trite.
A vicious mother-in-law, a submissive daughter-in-law with hints of spineless men scattered all over the plot were the recipe for the story. I was so desperate for a twist in the tale, in a bold sort of way, that I continued reading but all I got in the end was that the dollar — not greed, not inconsideration, not lack of self-respect or d I was looking forward to this book but my enthusiasm dampened just 30 pages into the story.
I was so desperate for a twist in the tale, in a bold sort of way, that I continued reading but all I got in the end was that the dollar — not greed, not inconsideration, not lack of self-respect or daftness, was the root cause of misery of the characters. Jul 10, Swagatika Mohapatra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sudha Murty, one of my favorite writer, not one of, but the most favorite you can say.
Her lucid and narrative way of writing fascinated me from the very beginning. I almost savored all her knitting and with a great satisfaction i can preclude that she can be truly a writer of all time and all generations, everyone can definitely appreciate and enjoy her writings.
Dollar Bahu, is a fiction based on a simple and narrative story of a girl Vinuta, who is very honest in her approach, principled and m Sudha Murty, one of my favorite writer, not one of, but the most favorite you can say. Dollar Bahu, is a fiction based on a simple and narrative story of a girl Vinuta, who is very honest in her approach, principled and modest.
The story moves around her and her family, from where she is expecting some love and care for the sake of her selfless duty and regards. Sep 21, Cheena Chopra rated it liked it. This would probably be the first Sudha Murty book which lacked the enthusiasm that holds the content together. In fact, the content gets too cluttered, confusing and hurried up towards the end. True, the book more looked like a fable with only shades of black and white, leading to a conclusion left open-ended for the reader to cook up.
The brief read would surely compel you to put it down after initial 50 pages giving in to the predictable end, but love for the author might drag you to the last This would probably be the first Sudha Murty book which lacked the enthusiasm that holds the content together.
The brief read would surely compel you to put it down after initial 50 pages giving in to the predictable end, but love for the author might drag you to the last page. Jun 22, Anupa Chatterji rated it liked it. It could be the story of any average Indian middle class family and hence many people can relate to it. Sudha Murthy's simplistic presentation makes it even more relatable to the ordinary or occasional reader.
All the characters are real and no wonder the story comes from Mrs.
Murty, who, being associated with one of the big IT firms in India, must have closely observed numerous instances of the power of the Dollar Bahu is a story about the 'Big American Dream' and its impact on Indian families. Murty, who, being associated with one of the big IT firms in India, must have closely observed numerous instances of the power of the dollar and how it attracts and affects people.
The Dollar was like the Goddess Lakshmi , with a magic wand. While Chandru is in America, Girish marries a teacher, Vinuta, whose dreams to become a singer have been thwarted by lack of opportunity and finances she was orphaned as a young girl.
Vinuta, keen to make a good impression, works tirelessly to keep the family home in order, but she is soon taken advantage of by her mother-in-law.
At its heart this is a book that explores greed, prejudice and respect or lack thereof for other people. But this is not a novella that is interested in nuance or shades of grey: At its most basic it paints America as a rich but soulless country, where family ties and personal connections are not important; and India as impoverished and slightly backward but where the traditional values of family and marriage are sacrosanct. Yet the message of the story, neatly summarised by Shamanna who has never left India , does ring true:.
America has a set of advantages and disadvantages. Similarly, India has its own. You cannot have the best of both worlds. If you have a choice, choose a country and accept it with its pluses and minuses and live happily there.
Staying in America and dreaming of an Indian way of life, or living in India and expecting an American way of life — both are roads to grief. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.