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Dollar Bahu

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,360 ratings  ·  199 reviews
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. She adjusts to her new family well, looking after her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gouramma, not taking to heart her mother-in-law's constant picking. But when Girish's el ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Penguin Global (first published 2001)
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Ganesh Ramakrishnan
Oct 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Avoid this book. Period. It's a sweetishly dull, predictable, all good vs all bad story.

Before I rant some more, let me confess that my utter disappointment also stems from the high expectations I had from this book and author. The reasons being:
-Dollar Bahu is one of the many acclaimed books from the award-winning celebrity author Sudha Murthy
-This story was also made into a TV serial
-Sudha Murthy's achievements as a young engineer at an all-male Tata factory is one of those popular inspiring f
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
its sadly true how Dollar Bahus steal the show by their cheap gimmicks and the dedicated ones are shunned. its a quick read more like our serials on TV.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story is simple but has realistic effect of how value for money than relations affects a family and how it can have its repercussions on relationships

The story starts with the POV of Chandru who loves Vinuta. But he decides to pursue his career when he goes America. He earns dollars and never bothers to tell Vinuta about his feelings. However when he decides to tell her it was already too late as she had already married Girish, a bank clerk, and coincidentally Chandru's brother. The story do
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Candid and unembellished. 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 140 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
Apr 24, 2011 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.
Gayathri Manikandan
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: indian-writer
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 ...more
Yashika Thapliyal
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
loved it
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Depiction of Typical Scenario in most households -Having an NRI Bahu. But typically showing NRI Bahu in a negative shade and Indian Bahu in a goody role was predictable.
Apr 29, 2013 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
Harshita Kale
Feb 19, 2017 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.S.A. 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.S. dollar, the peace of mind of her family s ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-fiction
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
Swagatika Mohapatra
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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
Cheena Chopra
Sep 21, 2016 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 ...more
Anupa Chatterji
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Dollar Bahu is a story about the 'Big American Dream' and its impact on Indian families. 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 ...more
Sameer Patil
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simple way of writing

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
Shraddha Pandya
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book could have been a 3 or 3.5.. The story is realistic enough.. But a little too plainly good vs bad. I guess the point was driven across clearly but not a readers read.. and the irritating mother in law was too infuriating for me to appreciate the message of the book :D
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A quick & pleasant read!
Book is also an eye opener especially for me..The best part of the book is its narration, keeping the story short, sweet & simple.
Characters are well defined and maintained throughout the book.

Best quote: Grass is always greener on the other side!
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dollar Bahu By Sudha murthy is an amazing read it really connects you. The plot is interesting you will never feel bored or tired of reading it. The agony and pain of a wife, a sister in law and a man is portrayed very genuinely I personally loved this book for its simplicity and warmth.
Raveendran Nikhil
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" "
Aarthi Thoppae
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Very well written book.
From an Indian perspective the pros and cons of living away from homeland in the US is very well brought out
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very simple and well written
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A quick read...
Shikhar Mahalwala
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Characters not properly built.
One-Time Read.

Pooja Banga
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. She adjusts to her new family well, looking after her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gouramma, not taking to heart her mother-in-law's constant picking. But when Girish's elder brother Chandru, who is in the US, decides to get married, Vinuta has to listen to the constant comparisons made between he ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to read..
Jayakrishna Kothapalli
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
A very good option compared to a blurring TV show or surprising gossip story on web
Jan 26, 2012 marked it as abandoned
Dollar Bahu*, by Indian philanthropist Sudha Murty, is an engrossing story about how wealth and status changes the way people treat others. Vinuta, a young and beautiful teacher at a school, gets married to Girish, a clerk at a bank, and also the son of the Sanskrit teacher at her school. At first, Vinuta is comfortable at her new home, with a loving husband and wise father-in-law, though her sister-in-law and her mother-in-law, Gouramma, can be irritating sometimes. All seems well, until Giris ...more
Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I read the book “Dollar Bahu” yesterday , and like the previous 3 books of Sudha Murty , I was able to complete it in a day. Rather I should say I was compelled to complete each of these books on the very day picked them. Sudha Murty’s works are always a pleasure to read, nice books with beautiful plot and strong messages.
After reading “Gently falls the Bakula ” my expectation was that this book would also have some thing on
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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.

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