DOLLAR BAHU: A CRITICAL STUDY. This chapter deals with the critical analysis of Sudha Murty‟s first novel Dollar Bahu that was first published by East West. Sudha Murty’s Dollar Bahu is a rather sweet, if overly moralistic, novella that explores the age-old notion that the grass is not always greener on. My reading of Sudha Murty was intermittent. It all changed when a friend ‘flipkart’ ed a copy of her latest book, ‘The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk’.

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Though she finds it initially in her marital bliss, she starts losing it due to the indifference of her mother-in-law Gouramma.

Dollar Bahu | Sudha Murty | Book Review | Drama |

A quick and light read. He earns dollars and never bothers to tell Vinuta about his feelings. All these events slowly affect the mental and physical health of Vinu. The story does not explore the angle further and this track is just to show how dollars don’t earn your happiness. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The story depicts a middle aged man named Shammanna who believes on moral and his wife Gouramma who is a homemaker and believes in lavish life.

Murthyy she also begins to understand that mere dollars cannot buy the love and respect that she gets as her due back in India.

Your email address will not be published. The mother-in-law craves to be with her son shdha America and later when she herself spends a year there, she realises that the problems most Indian-Americans face in the USA are similar to those back home and that the grass is not always greener on the other side,” says Murthy.

Nothing was done by Gouramma when she was in the family way! Jun 15, Subramanyam K.

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The story is more of the mother-in-law who thinks that her American daughter-in-law dollar bahu is better than her counterpart in India, since she lives in the land of dreams, USA. The simplicity of the language was agreeable but the plot is trite.

Peporoni: Book Review: Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy

I loved the way she depicted both the cultures in the book. All of pages, this book provides a short and sweet read and can be done away in one go. Chandru gets a chance to go to America on deputation and his mother expresses her desire to join him there later.

Soon Gauramma gets a chance to visit her son Chandru and Dollar Bahu in the American house and stays with them for a long time. By the time Gouramma is back in Indiashe realises that Vinu, Girish and their son had gone to Dharwad. Chandru, the eldest of all three lives in America with his wife Dollar Bahu. Why not men, the father in law? The dual standards of Gouramma while being on the hunt for a boy for Surabhi if the boy were the only son, the in-laws would stay permanently with them, and therefor,e the boy was undesirable and those of Surabhi herself she can pass time with some neighbourhood boy, but she can marry only a rich boy are well described.

All the characters are real and no wonder the story comes from Mrs. Her books have been translated int Sudha Murty was born in in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. Aug 21, Naina rated it it was amazing. She understands the true worth of love, respect and selflessness of Vinutha. The wedding photos make Chandru uneasy and jealous, but, in due course, he digests the fact. Yet the message of the story, neatly summarised by Shamanna who has never left Indiadoes ring true:.

Shamanna and Gouramma and their spoilt daughter, Surabhi, and two sons, Chandru, a software engineer, and Girish, a bank clerk. Although Vinu was a good girl but Gouramma always taunts her because she was not from the rich family. Gouramma was unwilling to upset Jamuna, so the wedding was fixed for August.


With Saurabhi engaged to a man named Suresh, Gouramma had to plan a date for their sudna. Paperbackpages. 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 nahu — 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.

The realisation comes to Chandru the very day he gets his green card for which he had been waiting for three years holed up in that back of the beyond, Nebraska. After all, different people give different weights to priorities in life Candid and unembellished. Himani Shivpuri with Sudha Murthy, on whose novel the serial is based. Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murty. Dollar Bahu seems to be a typical daily soap story and therefore it was aired as a television series.

The story progresses just like a typical Indian soap opera and Vinuta continues to bear all the brunt of the endless comparisons between her and Dollar Bahu. The subject has a strong appeal for people across all three continents because of its unique concept.

Vinutha starts drooping and losing her health and mind because of the constant comparisons with Dollar Bahu. It could be the story of any average Indian middle class family and hence many people can relate to it. Oct 09, Aarthi Thoppae 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.

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