Here is a brief summary of the book. Mridula is the daughter of Bheemanna and Rukuma Bai. They live in Aladahalli in North Karnataka. She is a kind hearted and simple girl and has enormous enthusiasm for life and unlimited energy for reading, cooking and sketching and wants to spend every moment of the day fruitfully. Even though she scores a rank in the tenth class, she wants to be a teacher and joins the local government school. When asked whose favourite, she says, “I am Amma’s girl and Appa’s world”. She has an older brother, Krishna.
Sanjay, a doctor, is the son of Ratnamma, a money lender in T Narasipura, works in KEM Hospital Bombay under Dr Chandra. He is a very sincere doctor like his father who was a medical practitioner. He wants to be a gynaecologist. He has a sister Lakshmi who’s married to Shankar, a bank clerk. For Ratnamma, money has more value than thing and for Lakshmi and Shankar, spending is more important than saving.
Sanjay meets Mridula at a marriage in Hubli, then again in Bombay and proposes marriage to her. They get married and move to Bangalore: he joins as a resident in a college to do his post-graduation and Mridula gets transferred to a government school in Bangalore. After getting frustrated in a Government job, Sanjay moves into private practice.
Though, they move up in their socioeconomic status, they drift away from each other.money brings a lot of influence on Sanjay, but Mridula same the old kind hearted, never forgot her old friends.
Mridula had been believing Sanjay blindly and been loving him and their son, Shishir dearly even after his rude behaveir.But at last she finds out that Sanjay had been cheating her financially all these years. She becomes completely depressed. And finally on their twenty fifth wedding anniversary she moves out of his life.She gets a transfer to the Alladahalli local government school and retuns there. Sanjay suddenly felt empty. He had taken her for granted.
Two moths passed by,
Mridula was swinging on a swing. She is a kind hearted and simple girl and has enormous enthusiasm for life and unlimited energy for reading, cooking and sketching and wants to spend every moment of the day fruitfully. Suddenly someone stopped the swing. She looked back. It was Sanjay.