Book Review – House of Cards by Sudha Murty

About the Author:

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in North Karnataka. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fiction pieces, and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for Excellence in Kannada literature in 2011. In 2006, Sudha Murthy was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest-ranking civilian award from the Government of India. Now she is the chairperson of the Infosys foundation.

Book Cover:

A simple cover with a photo of a young woman, who is not disclosing her face. For me, she is representing the whole women of India.


About the book:

House of Cards tells the story of Mridula, a bright young woman with enormous enthusiasm for life who hails from a Karnataka village – Aladahalli. She is meeting with Sanjay in a marriage ceremony. Sanjay is talented but a poor doctor who is practicing in Mumbai, leads to love and both are getting married and settle in Bangalore. The couple leads a happy and peaceful life but trouble brews when Sanjay quits his government job and starts a immensely successful private practice. With affluence comes, the never-ending ambition for more, and the inevitable slide into corrupt practices. There starts the clash between the couple.

All together the House of Cards discusses the issues like the clash between the simplicity of village life and opulence of city life, how much the couple should trust each other, the need for inculcating the value of relationship to the younger generation, etc.. The thread of the story is not new but the way the whole plot is narrated is remarkable. Very simple language is used to explain every issue in the story. Many places I felt that it is overly explained which could have been cut short. It is worth reading and the characters will stay back with you even after you finish reading.


The book is available for Rs. 250/- and I got it from Sapna Book house, Mysore at 20% discount (in August) but is offered at 30% discount in online stores. You can also buy this book from amazon

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