It is a story of two classmates, named as Shrimaan and Shrimati. Both are equally brilliant student and neighbour. There is one Bakula tree who separates their houses. They were class- mates up to tenth standards, Shrimaan thinks he would top this year i. Shrimati loves History so chooses this, while Shrimaan selected the subjects which can make him go in IT field. During higher secondary education both started loving each other.

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This one is a well-written story about how two people, equals yet from different backgrounds, fall in love with each other. But, then sets in the old stereotypes of male dominance and ignorant attitude toward females. I could relate to how Shrimati, the female protagonist, loved history.

Unfortunately, the lovebirds are distanced, which sends Shrimati into writing letters. The bakula flowers are the attachments to her love letters, which carry the symbolic meaning that the fragrance and beauty of their love will never fade to shadows.

It also sheds light on how Shrimati, being the woman, made the sacrifice of ignoring her interests for Shrikant, the male protagonist she falls in love with. Finally, Shrimati takes the brave soul choice in departing to the US and pursuing her dream of getting a PhD. The end is when Shrikant realises his cruelty in not giving Shrimati her due, and regretting his decision in being totally aloof and busy with his domineering self.

But, it was too late then. The bakula tree that had separated their houses and whose blossoming, exquisite flowers that exemplified the love they had, had fallen. Overall, a good yet critical read, thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the book for its simple writing and good content. I think every Indian woman will feel connected to the story in one or the other way. This book taught me how a very obvious matter goes unseen, how feelings fade and how unknowingly we hurt people.

It rightly brings out the fact that it is us who fail, and not the relationships. I have always been very fond of keeping plants at home. I realised relationships are also the same. It also made me aware about the importance of woman empowerment and me being a woman, am empowering myself and becoming a strong woman.

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Gently Falls the Bakula

Gently Falls: The Bakula, written by Sudha Murthy, is the story about a married couple whose marriage falls prey to the side effects of ambition and self sacrifice. The story begins with their childhood. They live next door to one another, with a Bakula tree acting as the division between both of their homes. One day, while returning home together on a train, they become acquainted with one another.


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Gently Falls the Bakula | Sudha Murty | Book Review

Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy What is more important: a successful career or a happy marriage? In the small town of Hubli, Shrikant discovers that he is attracted to his plain-looking but charming neighbour Shrimati, who always does better than him in the school 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. 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.


Gently Falls the Bakula by Sudha Murthy- Book review

Really touching story. BTW sudha murthy is equally brilliant like Mr. Murthy and she has sacrificed her professional ambitions to support her bushand. Its one of the Best books I've read so far.. It has been with me even after the pages ended! I even tried writing what could've happened after Shrimati's departure. I'll update it on my blog soon.

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