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Gently Falls the Bakula

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,959 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Gently Falls The Bakula
‘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 student
Paperback, 169 pages
Published by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published February 14th 2008)
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Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this one last year. I didn't like the characters or the plot much but the way it was written is good enough for an enjoyable read👍
Short but precise.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Gently falls the Bakula” is a beautiful story of two different individuals- Srikant and Shrimati Deshpande, where both approach life very differently from each other. Srikant is a very ambitious guy from the very beginning who falls in love with the very intelligent yet simple girl Shrimati for whom nothing is more important than Srikant’s companionship and his happiness. This simple story turns into a complex one, when Srikant starts loving his career more than Shrimati and when she starts re ...more
A story told in a simple style. It questions the choices women make and are they happy with those choices. Are they happy with the sacrifices they make for their partner to succeed and I feel this happens in every culture. For any one person to be insanely successful somebody close to that person pays the price

Shrimati and Shrikant two intelligent competitive classmates. They hail from a small town in Karnataka,are neighbours and their families are involved in an ancient feud. Shrimati is very i
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
A typical Sudha Murthy book:
- Simple story
- Not too long
- Strong Characters

You pick any Sudha Murty book and you are glued to it till the end despite the simplicity (and repetitiveness of plots). They are not a great literary treat but her story telling is simply riveting. It makes you visualise the scenes as if being enacted, the surroundings and everything. Her books are set ack in time but the issues are still relevant and you can very well relate to them.

Good and easy read. The kinds with wh
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I have read, the characters are very realistic, problems which we could easily relate too and more so, the accurate happenings within an Indian family.

The character Shrimati was so very impressive and highlights the sad fact in our society that " WOMAN DON'T HAVE THE SAME FREEDOM MEN HAVE "..

The author has dedicated this book " To all those women who allowed family commitments and responsibilities to overpower their own aspirations "

Well, this book surely does just
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
this was the first of Sudha Murty's that i read. my friend gifted it to me. I loved the story and how beautifully she dealt with it. After reading the other few i feel that her women should become more stronger.good read. the soft love story.
Shilpi Jain
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Gently Falls The Bakula- a story about a lower-middle class girl and a boy from a sleepy southern town of Hubli who fall in love and how the man's career takes precedence over everything else. The story is simple, a tad too simple yet it's touches a chord. Way too familiar now, you find such stories everywhere around you, the ambitions- sacrificed in the name of family, the discontent at not being able spend more time together but I must congratulate Sudha Murthy for writing this some thirty yea ...more
Kushagra Singh
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully narrated story which many might relate to. There's a lot to take from this book if you read it intently and shall give you a lot to mull over. Recommended.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is a wonderful book! I never enjoyed reading as much I liked this book in particular. It is a story of a couple who marry because they love each other. the best thing that is depicted in this book is that it depends on a person to choose his career or family.It is about the adjustments both try to do but realize of the false relationship the were trying to leave and then finally......You better read it. This emotionally bonds you to both the characters. :)
As usual this is sort simple story. This is story to two different individuals Shrikant and Shrimati Deshpande. They both have very different approach towards life. Shrikant is a very ambitious young lad where as Shrimati is an intelligent yet simple girl. They both get married and start their live together in a new city. Shrikant joins an IT firm and soon reaches the pinnacle of his industry. He puts all his passion and love for his job. On the other hand, Shrimati abandons all her dreams and a ...more
When I had picked up the book from the book store I had no idea of reading it so soon but just reading the first page drew me in to the story . I loved it from Line one. Summary on the book cover gives you a fair idea of what the story is but only by reading it do you understand the emotions filled in to the story . When I read about Shrimati , the protagonist ,I remembered so many women I knew who had done the same for their spouses.The commitment ,the sacrifices that go unsung and un noticed b ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd heard of the 'Dollar Bahu' by Sudha Murty, and when I chanced upon this small book, I decided to go ahead with it.
In the beginning of the book, one encounters a naive romance, a simple case of opposites attract, of love happening amidst fierce competition. The result is the protagonist Shrimati, marrying Shrikant despite the problems that she would have to face, the chief ones being - hostility from his family is she is not the daughter-in-law they would have liked, not only because she is
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have always seen Sudha Murty as Mrs.Narayanamoorthy. This books changes my perception about her. Now I see her as a writer, an individual. And a good one at that.

There is no hi-fi language in this book. Its a book that shows the nature of people, portrays a true picture of the relationships in Indian families in a very simple and elegant writing. A beautiful love story that has NO happy ending.

The way Shrikant runs after his work leaving everything behind reminds me again of the 'Life is a ga
Harry b nair
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written novel, felt a little "Feminist" but it was needed to express the feelings of women who is intelligent and capable in her own standards.Really i am happy for reading such a good book on women and on their ideologies.Shrimathi is such a gem of a person which are very rare and wouldn't be able to find in the present generation.I recommend this book to "Durjoy Dutta and other modern Indian writers( including Niharika) to use their Pen for writing this kind of novels, instead of ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good love story. It would had been good if Shrikanth is little sensitive towards Shrimathi's feelings. He was successful in his professional life but failed to keep his toe high in his love life.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book! Written in simple language, it deals with one of the chief issues that many Indian women have silently faced for years. Wonderful read!!
Roopa Km
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Brilliantly penned. Must read
Muddle head
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, indian-fiction
writing style is clear and to the point
simple narrative
a beautiful love story
a painful parting of ways
Akshay Joshi
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tripti Saini
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book, the author dedicated it to the women who sacrificed their preferences for the welfare of the family. Living in India, you would surely come across many such women for sure.
But the end of the book is probably something that the Indian women can never think of.
What adhered me to the book was the Simplicity of the love story. The innocence of falling in love to the childhood teasing and connecting to the fragrance of bakula flower seem out fashioned but works vey well with
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First of all, I never knew that Sudha Murty even wrote. That makes me feel very uneducated since both she and her husband N. R. Narayana Murty are pretty well known out here. The husband-wife duo are very down to earth, and involved in philanthropy, besides managing one of the largest IT companies in India. My aunt knows of her from when she lived in Dubai, and I often hear the story of how they maintained their own ba
the book takes you back to love story from 1950s. I liked the book as it highlights the little joys that we miss out daily running the regular routine.
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This is the book which have acted saviour/motivator for me. This book is very close to my heart.

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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.e.. 10th but unlike his thoughts it was Shrimati who tops. while he remained second. Shrimati loves History so chooses t
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“Gently falls the Bakula” is a metaphor for the strangling relationship of Shrikant and Shrimati, neighbours who fall in love with each other at a tender age. All was rosy until Shrikant tasted success at a very young age and his ambitions saw no boundary. Nothing was more important to him than his work life. While on the other hand Shrimati dedicates her life to her husband and supports him in thick and thin. Her selflessness helps Shrikant achieve remarkable accomplishments
Krittika Mittal
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gently Falls the Bakula deserves 5 stars for plenty of reasons. It takes a lot of understanding and foresight to write a novel 40 years back about an issue that is still prevailing and breaking up marriages in India very regularly and Sudha Murthy has proven her mantle by her core understanding of integral issues that plague Indian society and manages to beautifully illustrate them. This is my first novel by her and I am really really glad I bought this book on an impulse (the cover was pretty h ...more
Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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“Gently falls the Bakula ” a wonderful book by Sudha Murthy .

We take things for granted; what’s more we take people for granted. We think our opinions matter the most and we tend to ignore the softer feelings of the person whom we want so much . We feel our life is important, but do we give such respect to lives and choices of the people around us? What happens when we continuously force ourselves and take people for gran
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

A very simple yet powerful story. It explains the dichotomy that women in particular face when making a choice between Home and Career.

Shrimati and Shrikant are neighbours and school mates. Both are very intelligent , hard working and competitive. Post schooling, Shrimati chooses to follow her heart and pursues history , while Shrikant wants to be an achiever and pursues engineering. Their friendship blossoms and they fall in love with each other. The author beautifully describes their love, the
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very soft reading. The author takes it slow. Although you can pretty much guess the plot, but one should read for the simplicity of the plot.
Raavi Joshi
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Penning down the emotions is something that Sudha Murthy is really good at! In Gently Falls the Bakula, the author brings forth the reality of a relationship between a husband and wife. The contradictions made through and between the two protagonists- Shrimati and Shriman- are beautiful yet very real.

Through this novel she insinuates the fact that no relationship works unless efforts are put into it. Not by just one but, both the participants are needed to make a relationship like marriage, suc
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sudha Murty is one of my favorite authors and I have read all her books. While reading her books, there is such a lot to learn and her books actually have a positive impact.

“Gently falls the Bakula” is the story of Shrikant and Shrimati and the Bakula Flower. It begins when both Shrikant and Shrimati are students of Model High School, Hubli and revolves around their competitiveness in both curricular and extra curricular activities in school. She usually tops the competitions. They are neighbo
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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.

Her books have been translated int
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“The events might have taken place twelve centuries back, but when I closed my eyes, I could visualize many things. It made me very emotional. Later, when I grew up, I became passionate about history and started detaching it from emotional point of view and became more aware of the facts.” 2 likes
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