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Considered to be one of the premier writers in India, Sudha Murty's books are known to capture those unknown, unspoken emotions that bind all of us. There is a certain maturity with which she writes. She knows her way into the human heart and accomplishes beautifully what she sets out to do: create a sketch of raw emotions as they are. Other books from her like How I Taught My Grandmother to Read, House of Cards and The Day I stopped Drinking Milk are equally popular.

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  • ASIN : 0143422251
  • Publisher : Penguin Books Limited; 1st edition (17 July 2014); Penguin Books
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780143422259
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143422259
  • Item Weight : 140 g
  • Dimensions : 18.9 x 1.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Generic Name : Books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
By Sayantani Roy on 22 November 2018
Sudha Murthy has always been one of my favourite Indian authors. I love her works of fiction and nonfiction. Now, this book comprises of two novellas. Both the novellas explore the emotional complexities of two men when they find out about the mothers they never knew they had.

Venkatesh is a privileged member of the upper class society, all thanks to his wife Shanta. But things take a drastic turn when Venkatesh gets transferred to Hubli. A list of unexpected events lead Venkatesh to his stepmother, a wife who didn't get the recognition she deserved. Surprised, rather shocked by the upturn of events, Venkatesh has to take a decision, a decision which will inevitably be opposed by his wife and son.

After his father's death, Mukesh is made to face a big truth, a truth which had been kept hidden from him for so long. Mukesh on finding out the fact that he is adopted, undertakes a journey, a journey seeking for his real birth-giver. The journey however gives way to many revelations, Illegitimacy and teenage pregnancy to name a few. With all his questions and queries answered, Mukesh comes back to his Amma, the one and only architect of his life whatsoever his birth identity be.

Written in a very simple language, this book would make a perfect read for beginners too.

Highly recommended even if you are not much into Indian Fiction.
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By Noor. C on 3 July 2019
Sudha Murthy Ma'am teaches some of the very important life lessons through her writings and in a very simple write up. U learn lessons in life from experience but it never hurts if one can grab a few from some other person's experience. Beautiful work, as always. I always read 📖 her work after some intense read or something that has consumed my energy and I need to refresh my mind n need some positivity. This book has two stories, d crux can b had from the summary on d back of d book, I need not mention em.
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