A prolific writer in English and Kannada, Sudha Murty has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non- fictional pieces, and books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages.
Murty was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.
Murty’s social work covers the healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level.
Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 50,000 libraries so far. Through the Infosys Foundation, she has built 2,300 houses in the flood-affected areas. She has handled national natural disasters like the tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, the earthquake in Kutch – Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
With this list, we mean to convey to our readers a list of 16 of the best Sudha Murty Books out of the many written by her.
A collection of some of the best books by Sudha Murty
|1. Wise And Otherwise|
Wise And Otherwise, a non-fiction book, is a collection of fifty vignettes of the real-life incidents of Sudha Murty where she encounters ordinary people and extraordinary minds during her travels, and which left a profound impression on her.
|2. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories|
How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories is a collection of 25 semi-autobiographical short-stories written by Murty. Each of the stories is simple and touching and is packed with values. Funny, spirited and inspiring, the book teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of doing what you believe is right and having the courage to realize your dreams.
|3. Gently Falls the Bakula|
Gently falls the Bakula is the story of Shrikant and Shrimati who belong to two hostile communities and fall in love. The best thing about the book is its character depiction. Sudha Murty’s writing hits home where many of us have seen this happening in and around us. The story is simple, follows a single plot and focuses on the two main characters only.
Mahashweta is an inspiring story of courage and resilience in a world marred by illusions and betrayals. This is the story of Anupama whose marriage falls apart when she is diagnosed with leukoderma. Overcoming the social stigma of a married woman who is left by her husband, she moves to Bombay where she finds success, respect and rebuilds her life.
|5. Dollar Bahu|
Dollar Bahu is the story of the Gauramma, her Dollar Bahu Jamuna and her other simpleton bahu Vinuta. Between Jamuna’s Dollars and Vinuta’s selfless devotion, Gauramma always finds her favour with the dollars and ignores what is truly priceless – Vinuta’s devotion and selfless love.
|6. The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk|
The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk is a collection of heartwarming experiences of Sudha Murty, written as she walks the roads of rural and urban India. She weaves the everyday life of men and women in India into short stories and each story has a unique takeaway that you’ll never forget. The title story, The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk, is a story about Sudha Murty's visit to Odisha and about the poor tribals she met there.
|7. The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India|
Told simply and directly from the heart, The Old Man and His God is a collection of snapshots of the varied facets of human nature and a mirror to the souls of the people of India. There are stories about people's generosity-and selfishness-in times of natural disasters like the tsunami; women struggling to speak out in a world that refuses to listen to them and tales of young professionals trying to find their feet as they climb up the corporate ladder.
|8. Grandma's Bag Of Stories|
Sudha Murty's Grandma’s Bag of Stories brings forth memories of a grandparent spinning tales around animals and mysterious characters. The story starts with Anand, Krishna, Raghu and Meena arriving at their Ajji and Ajja's house in Shiggaon. They spend the summer listening to their Ajji as she opens her big bag of stories. She tells stories of kings and cheats, princesses and onions, monkeys and mice and scorpions and hidden treasures.
|9. House of Cards|
House of Cards portrays the clash of the simplicity of village life and the complexity of city life. This is the story of Mridula, an energetic yet simple village girl who moves to Bangalore after her marriage to Sanjay, a doctor. The story is about their family life, and how they rise in status in the city, but begin to find differences in their relationship.
|10. Three Thousand Stitches|
Three Thousand Stitches is a collection of 11 short stories that draw from Sudha Murty's real-life experiences, as an individual and as the chairperson of Infosys Foundation. The book narrates many stories - the rescue and rehabilitation of 3,000 devadasis in Karnataka, her experience as the only girl studying engineering in a college full of boys, her encounter with Bollywood across the world etc.
|11. The Mother I Never Knew|
The Mother I Never Knew comprises two novellas that explore two quests by two different men — both for mothers they never knew they had. The book is a poignant, dramatic book that reaches deep into the human heart to reveal what we really feel about those closest to us.
|12. The Magic of the Lost Temple|
The Magic of the Lost Temple is heart-warming, charming and absolutely unputdownable. Nooni, a city girl, comes to her grandparents' village to spend her summer vacations. She is surprised at the pace of life in her grandparents' village. But she quickly gets used to the gentle routine there and involves herself in a flurry of activities, including papad making, organizing picnics and learning to ride a cycle, with her new-found friends. Things get exciting when Nooni stumbles upon an ancient fabled stepwell right in the middle of a forest.
|13. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven: 20 Inspiring Real-Life Stories|
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven is edited by Sudha Murty. It is a collection of 20 memorable true life stories handpicked by Sudha Murty from a writing contest run by Penguin. The stories capture the hope, faith, kindness and joy that life is full of, even as we make our way through the daily grind.
|14. The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata|
In The Serpent's Revenge, Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India’s greatest epic, Mahabharata, through the extraordinary tales in this collection, each of which is sure to fill you with a sense of wonder and bewilderment. Many of the tales in this book stand out - the story of Chandrahasa, that of Babruvahana (Arjuna’s son who kills his own dad), the golden mongoose, the story of Duryodhana’s good brother Vikarna and Ghatothkacha’s son Barbarika.
|15. The Bird with Golden Wings: Stories of Wit and Magic|
Delightful colour illustrations bring to life tales of magical creatures, princesses and kings, ordinary witty men and women in this book, The Bird with Golden Wings. This collection of 21 short-stories is another one of Sudha Murty's priceless gifts to children conveying life lessons in a readable and relatable manner.
|16. The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity|
In The Man from the Egg, Sudha Murty weaves enchanting tales of the three most powerful gods of India - the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This book is a collection of wonderfully short, crisp stories that take us on a magical journey to a land of gods, demigods, asuras, rakshasas, handsome valiant princes, beautiful strong-willed princesses, learned sages, proud kings and a lot more!