Gently Falls: The Bakula

By Sudha Murthy (Author)


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'Shrikant was restless . . . 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. And yet, it was very special to him. It held an inexplicable attraction for him.'

Shrimati and Shrikant are neighbours and star students of their school in the small north Karnataka town of Hubli. It leaves no one in surprise when they come first and second respectively in the final Board exams. Soon Shrikant discovers he is strangely attracted to Shrimati, a plain-looking yet charming person, who always does better than him in the 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 shadow, 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.

About The Author:

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.

Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan's Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.

Features

  • : Gently Falls: The Bakula
  • : Sudha Murthy
  • : Penguin Books
  • : 0143103776
  • : 9780143103776
  • : Paperback
  • : 176
  • : English

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Fayyaz Ahmed Afzal Khan on 08.09.2012

GENTLY FALLS THE BAKULA IS A SIMPLE SWEET STORY.I TRULY LOVED THE LANGUAGE OF THE BOOK.THE STORY NARRATES THE LIFE OF TWO HUMANS,SHRIKANT AND SHRIMATI.SHRIMATI IS VERY INTELLIGENT AND SHRIKANT TO IS AMBITIOUS HIS WORK IS HI FIRST PRIORITY.THE STORY IS ALL ABOUT HOW SHRIKANT AND SHRIMATI LIVE TOGETHER.THIS STORY REVOLVES IN EACH AND EVERY HOUSE.MY OPINION SAYS THAT IT IS REALLY WORTH READING AND YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT.THE STORY HAS TWISTS AND TURNS AND IS A BIT UPSETING AT THE END.THIS BOOK WILL SURELY INSPIRE YOU TO READ MORE BOOKS OF SUDHA MURTHY.

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