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Dollar Bahoo (Hindi) by Sudha Murty

श्रीमती सुधा मूर्ति जी कन्नड़ भाषा की लोकप्रिय और प्रतिष्‍ठ‌ित लेखिका हैं । हिंदी में प्रकाशित आपका पहला उपन्यास ' महाश्‍वेता ' काफी लोकप्रिय सिद्ध हुआ है । दूसरा उपन्यास ' डॉलर बहू ' भी इसी प्रकार हिंदी का कंठाभरण बनेगा, ऐसी आशा है ।

शामण्णा जी शिक्षक हैं, जो साधारण परिवार के हैं । गौरम्मा उनकी धर्मप्राण धर्मपत्‍नी हैं । इनके दो पुत्र हुए-चंद्रशेखर और गिरीश । एक पुत्री भी है सुरभि । चंद्रशेखर को विनुता से प्रेम हो गया, पर उसे अमेरिका जाना पड़ा । इसी बीच छोटे भाई गिरीश से विनुता का विवाह हो जाता है । चंद्रशेखर का विवाह धनाढ्य घर की बेटी जमुना से हुआ । वे दोनों अमेरिका में ही रहने लगे । जमुना को डॉलर से प्रेम था । गौरम्मा भी सर्वगुण- संपन्न विनुता की अपेक्षा जमुना को डॉलर के कारण अधिक चाहती थी ।

फिर गौरम्मा अपने बेटे और बहू के पास अमेरिका चली जाती है । बहुत दिनों तक वहाँ रहने पर गौरम्मा को अपनी डॉलर बहू और डॉलर-प्रेम से नफरत हो जाती है और वह भारत लौट आती है । अब वह विनुता को महत्त्व देना चाहती है, पर गिरीश और विनुता, दोनों घर छोड़कर अलग शहर में रहने लगे थे । इस प्रकार गौरम्मा के लिए यह कहावत चरितार्थ होती है-' माया मिली, न राम ' ।

भारत लौटकर गौरम्मा कहती है, ' मुझे न वह स्वर्ग चाहिए न वह सुख! हमारा वतन सुंदर है; हमारा गाँव है अच्छा !'. .मुझे तो विनुता की याद सता रही है । '

इस उपन्यास में भारतीय अस्मिता और स्वाभिमान का पुनरुत्थान है । अमेरिका और डॉलर के चाकचिक्य से निभ्रांति इस उपन्यास का केंद्रीय बिंदु है । चरित्रांकण की मार्मिकता और शिल्प का सौष्‍ठव इस उपन्यास के अतिरिक्‍त आकर्षण हैं ।



Mansaini Thapan (Gujarati Translation Of The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk) - SUDHA MURTY

આ વાર્તાઓ છે મારી, તમારી ને ખટમધુરી ચીજ નામે જિંદગીની. મળેલ સમયમાં આપણે પાર પાડવાની છે નિયતિને પૂર્ણ કરવાની છે આપણી સફર... રસ્તે મળશે કંઈ કેટલાય ચિત્ર-વિચિત્ર, અદ્‍ભુત ને રસપ્રદ પાત્રો. જે આપણને ધડશે, ઢાળશે વધ-વધિ આકારોમાં અને પછી મઠારશે... અહીં મળો એક અસામાન્ય સ્ત્રીને, જેણે એનાં બંને બાળકોને ઉછેર્યાં બે જુદા-જુદા ધર્મ સાથે...! શી અસર પડી હશે એ બાળકોનાં કોમળ મન પર..!? એમનાં ભાવિ પર...!? વળી, એક વાર્તા છે નાનકડી એક છોકરીએ કરેલી ટ્રેન-મુસાફરીની... એક રાતની એ મુસાફરીએ બદલી નાખી એની આવતી કાલ... જેની પાસે માગો એ બધું હાજર છે, એવા એક દુઃખી (!!) માણસને તમે શું કહેશો?! આ પુસ્તકમાં સમાયેલા છે એક સામાજિક કાર્યકર અને સદાય શક્ષિક એવાં સુધા મૂર્તિના સત્યઘટનાત્મક અનુભવો, જે રજુ કરે છે મારી-તમારી હૃદયસ્પર્શી વાતો.



Mahashweta

Anupama looked into the mirror and shivered with shock. A small white patch had now appeared on her arm.

Anupama’s fairytale marriage to Anand falls apart when she discovers a white patch on her foot and learns that she has leukoderma. Abandoned by her uncaring in-laws and insensitive husband, she is forced to return to her father’s home in the village. The social stigma of a married woman living with her parents, her stepmother’s continual barbs and the ostracism that accompanies her skin condition force her to contemplate suicide. Determined to rebuild her life against all odds, Anupama goes to Bombay where she finds success, respect and the promise of an enduring friendship.

Mahashweta is an inspiring story of courage and resilience in a world marred by illusions and betrayals. This poignant tale offers hope and solace to the victims of the prejudices that govern society even today.



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 students of their school in the small north Karnataka town of Hubli. It leaves no one in surprise when they come first and second respectively in the final Board exams. Soon Shrikant discovers he is strangely attracted to Shrimati, a plain-looking yet charming person, who always does better than him in the exams. Shrimati too falls in love with the amiable and handsome Shrikant and the two get married. Shrikant joins an IT company and starts rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. He works relentlessly and reaches the pinnacle of his industry, while Shrimati abandons her academic aspirations and becomes his uncomplaining shadow, silently fulfilling her duties as a corporate leader’s wife. But one day, while talking to an old professor, she starts examining what she has done with her life and realizes it is dismally empty . . . Gently Falls the Bakula is the story of a marriage that loses its way as ambition and self-interest take their toll. Written nearly three decades ago, Sudha Murty’s first novel remains startlingly relevant in its scrutiny of modern values and work ethics.



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