The book is the autobiographical story of a Madhwa brahmin woman Krishnaa born in 1904, written by her grand daughters Vidya and Radhika, tracing her life from marriage to death, in her own words. The story is narrated by Krishnaa. Krishnaa is youngest of eight children and her family is in charge of Gundappa Choultry serving free food to people. Though she is not fair complexioned, she is married to the good looking already married Raghavendra who is cooking and selling food in Kumbakonam at the time of the marriage.
Though Krishnaa has cordial relations with Raghavendra’s first wife Padmavati, krishnaa is not able to find out the reasons for the discord. After a few years Padmavati falls ill and dies. Over a period of time, due to hard work and right business decisions, Raghavendra becomes extremely wealthy the leading businessman in the town owning a large number of shops, agencies, land and other assets. Krishnaa as his wife is also gifted jewelry, leads a very luxurious life, as their family purchases a large house at No.8 West Iyen Street. She is able to help all her relatives including sisters and neighbours financially and otherwise sending food.
Krishnaa also has a large number of children mostly boys with only two daughters Janaki and Vijayulu, with her eldest son Kittu assisting his father.
However over a period of time, after the death of her husband and passage of time in 1990, their business flounders, the family sells the business and most family members take up a job. Though she is not directly involved in the operation of the business, Krishnaa believes that the family is paying for the sins committed, like Raghavendra treating his first wife Padmavati badly. Also her husband Raghavendra became very wealthy by purchasing land and businesses at a low price, when the business owner was in distress, in a way taking advantage of the sorrow of others and so his family is paying the price.
The book shows that though a business can make a family very wealthy it is not a stable source of income and the money can disappear due to changing business conditions. Krishnaa was not from a wealthy family, yet her husband became so wealthy that all the shopkeepers came to her house for showing sarees available. However towards the end of her life, her family lost most of their wealth and her expensive jewelry was sold by her sons to cover business expenses. The family which was living together as a joint family, in 8 West Iyen Street also separates as the differences increase when the businesses are making losses.
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One of the reasons why non brahmins like the domain investor legally owning the website do not get the income and opportunities they deserve, is the lack of information, while those who cheat and exploit them like the google, tata sponsored shivalli brahmin R&AW employee bengaluru cheater housewife nayanshree hathwar, R&AW/cbi employees goan gsb frauds housewife riddhi nayak,cheater siddhi mandrekar, indore document robber veena, naina, asmita patel, ruchika king and others have complete information about their lifestyle, lack of family support of the domain investor, which they ruthlessly exploit to get a government salary with the stolen resume of the domain investor. So this book is very comprehensive in providing information about the culture, values, food, traditions, fixing of marriages of Madhwa brahmins, which is otherwise not available elsewhere.
The book is extremely well written and readable, those who had a grandmother nearly as old as Krishnaa will find it interesting
Krishnaa, Queen Bee of No.8 West Iyen Street
Authors: Radhika Giridharan and Vidya Nagaraj
Publisher : Notion Press, 2017
Pages : 290