The story revolves around a family with Gouramma as the mother in law of Vinuta a simple Indian girl, and of-course the ‘Dollar Bahu’ who is Chandru’s wife. Gouramma brings in constant comparisons between the two ignoring and overlooking the ‘Dollar Bahu’s’ true nature( which is very bad). Vinuta’s simplicity and submissive nature is forgotten by her and the influence of the dollar descends upon her. Gouramma visits her NRI son and daughter in law in Nashville. There she comes across a spectrum of people’s lives and their troubles. America no longer intrigue her but she longs for the Indian life. As time passes the true shades of the ‘Dollar Bahu’ are revealed and living with her becomes a bane for Gouramma. Gouramma now repents and recollects the goodness of Vinuta whom she had hurted and insulted so much.
Gouramma returns to India but a surprise awaits her. Will Vinuta accept her mother in law? Will Gouramma’s behaviour change towards her?
The subtle ties of different human relations is highlighted along with the increasing money mindedness and materialistic nature of people.
The Dollar has no value when compared to love and respect. The last sentence of the book leaves a deep impact on the readers.
Read this book to experience a classic and vivid style of writing.
What was striking about this set was the very idea on which the story is built up. It is astounding for a person to have imagined of the very idea of human travelling into space a century before it was actually made possible. Though some of the descriptions and facts were vague, the author managed to cover them up with his grip on classic language and talent to draw away the reader’s focus from the weak spots. If I were to recommend you, I would say, go for the abridged version, it’ll prove to be a little less boring and prolonged. Though I love the story, the second novel managed to bore me so well that I almost quit reading it for a while. Never mind, the first novel had some fine writing involved. Also, the pages accompany black and white illustrations which will let your imagination run wild. The characters were some of the characters whose characteristics have sunk deep in my mind. I just adore president Barbicane’s personality, Michael Arden seems to be a little too whimsical, however, Nicholl manages to impress the readers quite well though initially he appears to be the villain. Could you imagine a manned projectile bombarded from a monstrous columbiad actually reach the moon? Well, will the residents of the projectile really survive? Will they be in a condition to share heir respective experiences in space? Find out more ( read the book). Well, a gentle warning for the book worms who’d like to taste the unabridged version— the book I read was 424 paged!
I think I couldn’t help myself from sharing this video on this blog. It is sure to persuade most of you out there to read the book.
Now, let me share my experience. As I have already written in my last post that I have already become an Agatha Christie fan. A fact is that, just a day after I finished “The secret Adversary” I started this book. I was in the ‘Secret Adversary mood’ (this refers to the story and atmosphere in a book which persists while reading and even after reading) when I started “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” which resulted in me not able to appreciate the first few pages. However the truth is that, the book was so interesting and transfixing that soon I entered the ‘Mysterious Affair at Styles mood’! Sounds silly right? Fine, lets not be whimsical anymore! Since the video has introduced all of you with most of the characters of the book and the plot of the story to some extent, I’ll skip that part.
The chapters advance in the most fascinating way I would say. Suppressing your curiosity would be almost impossible. While you ponder over the suspects the narrator is suspicious of, it’ll turn out to be the most surprising and unexpected conclusion that detective Poirot will draw. The way the book is written , I would not have believed it to be a made up story if I had read it in a newspaper article or something similar. This time my challenge is- ‘Suppress your curiosity and try to finish the book in a time span of 15-20 days, finishing just a little portion (say a chapter) in one read.’ Let me be frank- I completed the book in one and a half days.
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Download the book with images as there are some images which will make the story more lively and realistic.
Go ahead read it and don’t forget the challenge.