Wise and Otherwise by Sudha MurtyFifty vignettes showcase the myriad shades of human nature
A man dumps his aged father in an old-age home after declaring him to be a homeless stranger, a tribal chief in the Sahyadri hills teaches the author that there is humility in receiving too, and a sick woman remembers to thank her benefactor even from her deathbed. These are just some of the poignant and eye-opening stories about people from all over the country that Sudha Murty recounts in this book. From incredible examples of generosity to the meanest acts one can expect from men and women, she records everything with wry humour and a directness that touches the heart.
First published in 2002, Wise and Otherwise has sold over 30,000 copies in English and has been translated into all the major Indian languages. This revised new edition is sure to charm many more readers and encourage them to explore their inner selves and the world around us with new eyes.
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These are vignettes from Sudha Murty's short columns written for the fortnightly 'New Sunday Express'. She draws them from her personal treasure of experiences had had over the course of time - a majority of them coming from her working with the Infosys Foundation. These are stories of very ordinary people, but the stories- like the lives of people in them - are not ordinary. Sudha is a prolific writer and a teacher. She draws these stories from her vast chest of experiences acquired over her lifetime of service to the people.
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Narayana Murthy. Sudha Murthy is a social worker, author, a humanitarian and involved with many charities. She is also the chairperson of Infosys. Published by Penguin, Wise and otherwise is a compilation 51 stories which are Mrs. Murthy has dedicated this book to all the shirtless people of our country. Each story is of three to four pages, and it is not a piece of fiction but inspired from real life stories, which arose from personal encounters. As the author has traveled comprehensively, these stories are not confined to particular geographical region, though most of them are set in a village background.
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