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"Sudha Murthy , A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayana's Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006."
Everyone knows about the INFOSYS - the giant software company in the world. It is the effort of Mr. Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy, that the company developed to such a great fame. Mostly people know Sudha Murthy as social worker, philanthropist, educator , and venture investor. In her professional role , she started her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer, but is best known for her role as Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and her joint global public health efforts with Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation.
But very few people know that Sudha Murhty is also a very fine writer , and wrote many books in different language. She is an author of number of books including nine novels in almost every Indian language to her credit. She is one of India's most celebrated entrepreneurs.
Sudha Murthy was born on August 19, 1950 in Shiggaon in northern Karnataka, India. The daughter of a reputed local physician Dr. S.R. Kulkarni, Mrs. Murthy and her siblings were raised by her parents and maternal grandparents of the Deshastha Brahmin Kadim Diwan-Melgiri-Ron family. These childhood experiences form the historical basis for her first notable work entitled How I Taught my Grandmother to Read & Other Stories.
Mrs. Murthy is most widely recognized as the head of the Infosys Foundation as well as the seed investor behind Infosys and venture capital firm Catamaran Ventures. In 1981, Mrs. Murthy invested Rs 10,000 to fund the then fledgling software start-up called Infosys Technologies. Thirty years later, at her husband N.R. Narayana Murthy's exit from Infosys in 2011, that initial investment has been successfully managed into Infosys Foundation holdings valued at over Rs 30,000 crore ($7.5B).
Sudha Murthy is a prolific fiction author. She has published several books, mainly through Penguin, that espouse her philosophical views on charity, hospitality and self-realization through fictional narratives.
Initially Mrs. Sudha had to spend a large part of her life in her engineering career,and helping her husband to see the company started by them stands upright. When all that is achieved, the experiences in her pressed her to sit back and pen down them. Hence She started writing. Some newspapers in kannada provided her oppurtunities by allowing her to write permanent columns. She did the job very well.Later on, her articles came out in the forrm of books , got poularity, and were translated into many languages.
Sudha might have started writing just 10-12 years ago. Within this short period number of books of hers are published. Some of them are on computers, some others are- travellogues, novels and collection of articles written periodically for columns.
She writes in Kannada and English.Her almost all works are translated into other languages. Some of them are translated into as many as fourteen Indian languages.
One of her books, ‘WISE AND OTHERWISE’ –a collection of column articles, is translated into 15 languages and more than 10,000 copies are sold in one year.
Mrs. Sudha Muthry’s writings are full with simplicilty, minute observations, and wide knowledge of human behavior.
In a interview, on the question of why she didn’t join Infosys directly , she said “No, it was very hard for me, it was not a easy decision because in 1968 I joined an engineering college and in 1972 I graduated. There was not a single girl in the university. For a person like me who was so career conscious and who was so fond of technical things, it was very hard. But Murthy being a very strong person, he said it's either you or me.When he said that, and then I thought practically. If I am in, then he is out and when you start a company you have to run around, stay away from the family, everything you have to do and I am a woman, I couldn't be away from the family and the children. Secondly, I knew children require their mother at an early stage of life and not so much when they grow up. Whatever value system you teach, it's only in those crucial years. So, therefore I said okay and I made the decision but my heart was very heavy. It took many years for me to reconcile to this.”
Recently her latest book, “Grandma's Bag of Stories” released. In book Intro it said “Grandma tells the stories over long summer days and nights, as seven children enjoy life in her little town. The stories entertain, educate and provide hours of enjoyment to them. So come, why don’t you too join in the fun?”
Some of her more better-known works include: How I Taught My Grandmother To Read & Other Stories Wise & Otherwise: A Salute to Life , The Bird with Golden Wings , Gently Falls the Bakula , Dollar Bahu , Mahashweta , Old Man And His God , Magic Drum & other Favourite Stories , Fasal Cut , A Wedding in Russia , Sweet Hospitality
Her most publicized works, How I Taught My Grandmother to Read & Other Stories has been translated into 15 languages including English, Hindi and Assamese. The Assamese books are titledAitak Moi Kidore Porhiboloi Shikalo and Bhina Jan Bhinna Mon: Jiwan Tomak Abhibadan and are published by Bhabani Print & Publications and translated by Anjan Sarma.