House of Cards – Sudha Murthy has written an intricately woven novel that explores human relationships in fine details. It holds up a mirror to our society with candor and conviction. She illustrates the true meaning of husband-wife relationship by plotting the story around the characters of Mridula and Sanjay.
In lucid words, the author goes about describing the different phases a middle-class married couple usually sees – starting from the courtship days before marriage, newlywed days, on being new parents, hardships in the youth days to make their dreams come true, the following success and rich lifestyle and then the ego that eats into relationship. The writer stresses that communication, respect, and equal partnership in marriage (viz treating your partner as equal and not as a subordinate when it comes to decision-making) are the key pillars for strong marriage foundation. The novel is fast paced and keeps the reader’s attention in grips to keep reading.
House of Cards is the story of Mridula, a bright young woman with an enormous enthusiasm for life. A chance meeting with Sanjay, a talented but impoverished doctor, leads to love and the couple marries and settles in Bangalore. The more Mridula sees of the world, the more she realizes how selfish and materialistic people can be. But she does not take the difficulties of life to heart and lives each day with positive energy.
Trouble brews when Sanjay quits his government job and starts an immensely successful private practice. With affluence comes the never-ending ambition for more and the inevitable slide into corrupt practices. For a long time, Mridula has no idea that Sanjay has sold his soul. When the truth hits her, she has no recourse but to walk out on him. But can she really find a space of her own? Feel free to preview the book below.
About the Author
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in North Karnataka. She did her M.Tech. in Computer Science and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and nonfiction pieces and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all major Indian languages. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.
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