A Review of "House of Cards" by Sudha Murthy.
"There was a small village in North Karnataka with a population of five to eight thousand.It boasted of a beautiful lake with a temple on its shore. The area was dotted with trees." so begins Sudha Murthy's book "House of cards". What I enjoy most about Sudha Murthy's book is the endearing glimpse into villages and towns of Karnataka. These descriptions are so pleasing to the heart,they have to be read to be enjoyed. Like this one-"The Full Moon day was celebrated with great joy and all relatives and friends came together for moon light dinner at the side of the lake or mango groove." If your are a lover of such descriptive tales then you will enjoy this and other books of Sudha Murthy.
Coming to the story of the 'House of Cards', it's the story of Mridula who stays in the village of Aladhalli. Mridula even though born to a well to do family, is brought up in the most simple lifestyle and beliefs. Mridula's traits of austerity and frugality is interesting and a pleasant change in this material world where joys are associated with material things. She doesn't have love for anything material, yet loves and lives life to the fullest. A line oft repeated in the book is how it seemed the sun rose for her only and the rainbow colors were meant for her only. Mridula enjoys life in her village,teaching, cooking and sketching.
Mridula finds a husband like herself, who has less demands and needs from life. They move to the city and from there life begins to change for them. Mridula's husband, a doctor, who serves patients considering it as his duty eventually succumbs to the cruel ways,demands and pressures of the rat race. If we can't race ahead,we will be left far behind is what he experiences, hence he too leaps in race and eventually succeeds.
New found success and wealth brings many changes in her life. To read more about that and how she deals with them read the "House of Cards"*****