Top positive review
Reviewed in India 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.