House of Cards is the story of Mridula, a bright young woman with enormous enthusiasm for life who hails from a Karnataka village. A chance meeting with Sanjay, a talented but impoverished doctor, leads to love and the couples marry and settle 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 ups and downs 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? This intricately woven novel explores human relationships in telling detail and holds up a mirror to our society with candor and with conviction.
About the author:
Sudha Murthy is one of the most down to earth writers I have seen in recent times. Her story has the power to change the way we think and it puts across the point very strongly and subtly. Very few authors have been able to achieve that. Her books can be read by all, as the story connects easily and the language used is simple.
The book is one of the most beautiful stories I have read. The point of view of female lead is put across strongly. A fact that has been ignored for many years and still exists.
Most men don’t realize how the woman feels when ignored or when facts are hidden from her. The story talks about how the character of someone doesn’t change with money. Mridula was so righteous and true to her feelings and emotions that she thinks everyone is like her. She forgot that there is other side too. So the truth, when hits her she’s shattered. Another important thing the book talks about is the importance of communication and the importance of being heard. This story talks about the change we want to see. All the characters in the story are well etched be it the practical mom, shrewd sister or the ignorant bordering ruthless husband who becomes too money minded.
I would rate the book 4/5 and now am happy to learn and read about such good author. I will now read all her books and yes, her story book for the kids also deserve a special mention as they have wonderful stories and great for inculcating reading habits in kids.