Sudha Murty

Born19 August 1950 (age 72 years),
Shiggaon , India
LanguageEnglish , Kannada , Marathi
Alma materB.V.B. College of Engineering and
Indian Institute of Science. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
OccupationComputer Scientist , Author ,
Speaker Author , Philanthropist ,
Social worker
GenreEconomics , religion , social taboos ,
feminist issues , social patterns and
behaviour , religion , family.etc.
Years active2002–Presnt
The Mother I Never Knew
Dollar Bahu
SpouseNarayan Murty

Introduction – About Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty also known as Sudha Kulkarni Murty. She is a prominent Indian author, philanthropist, and the social worker. She was born on 19 august,1950 in Shiggaon located in Kolkata, India. She is a well experienced author. As she had written in multiple languages and in wide range of genres like fiction, children’s literature, as well as travelogues. Her writings shows that how much observant she is about human nature and societal concerns. She is also known for humanitarian efforts and creative endeavours. In 1996, she co-found the non-profitable-organisation known as Infosys foundation which promotes different social concerns regarding education, healthcare, as well as rural development.

Education and Early Childhood

From her very young age, her parents encouraged her to study hard. Because of that she had great ground work for her career. She used to ace in her academics an showed a wide affection for reading and learning. She completed her school with the same zeal and then joined Hubli’s prestigious B.V.B college of engineering and technology, there she pursued bachelor of engineering degree in electrical and electronics.

Her love for gaining education and information made her pursue masters in computer science from the Indian institute of science in Bangalore.

Career as Author and Journey of Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty writing career has been fascinating journey that has touched the hearts of people all across the world. She had distinctive writing style like she had clarity and straightforwardness, character development, conversational tone. Also, the themes her work carry have enough uniqueness to standout from others. Her books had theme like social illness, value and ethics, human relationships, women empowerment, cultural richness, as well as philanthropy and services.

Her first book was “wise and otherwise: a salute to life” published in 2002. In this book she states about her travelogues and the interactions she had with people in her life. The complex about this book was, the amount of keen observation she about beings, each story in the book delves into the different stories and aspects of life, society and human behaviour.

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The odyssey of her writing career begins when she published the book “dollar bahu” in 2007. From that book she gained world wide recognition. Because of this book her career took a turn towards the pathway of success. She had written other books in English and regional Indian languages since then, including “wise and otherwise: a salute to life”, “the mother I never knew”, and “grandma’s bag of stories”.

Leaving writing behind she also does humanitarian activities through the Infosys foundation. The foundation had a strong impact on people’s life by education, healthcare, rural development and social welfare through various programmes.

Sudha Murty’s Noteworthy Awards and Accolades

  • Padma Shri: In 2006, Sudha Murty was honoured with the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, in recognition of her exceptional work in literature and social service.
  • R.K. Narayan Award for Literature: Sudha Murty received this prestigious award for her outstanding contribution to Indian literature.
  • Attimable Award: She was awarded the Attimabbe Award by the Karnataka government for her remarkable contributions to Kannada literature.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Sudha Murty has been honoured with various lifetime achievement awards for her significant impact on society and literature.
  • Aryabhata International Award: For her exceptional achievements and contributions to humanity, Sudha Murty was bestowed with the Aryabhata International Award.
  • Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity: This award recognized her efforts in promoting gender sensitivity and advocating for women’s rights through her writings.
  • R.K. Laxman Award: Sudha Murty received the R.K. Laxman Award for her thought-provoking cartoons and social messages conveyed through her work.
  • Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Award: In recognition of her philanthropic activities and empowerment initiatives for the underprivileged, Sudha Murty was honoured this award.
  • Attimabbe Award: Sudha Murty received the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for her significant contributions to Kannada literature.

Personal Life and Interests – Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty was born in 1950, she was a bright kid from the starting. And before becoming the author she had already build the strong educational roots for herself. She was married in 1978 on 10 February with N.R. Narayana Murty and had two children with him. Her son is Rohan Murty and her daughter is Akshata Murty. Akshata Murty is a wife of Rishi Sunak who is current prime minister of United Kingdom.

Sudha Murty’s hobbies were to read books, travel and watch movies. She is a vegetarian. Her father (Dr. R.H. Kulkarni) was a surgeon and her mother (Vimala Kulkarni) was a housewife.

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Famous Books and Work Till Now of Sudha Murty

  1. “Gently Falls the Bakula” in (1999)
  2. “Wise and Otherwise” in (2002) – A collection of short stories based on her real-life experiences.
  3. “Mahashweta” in (2006)
  4. “Dollar Bahu” in (2007)
  5. “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk” in (2012)
  6. “The House of Cards” in (2013)
  7. “The Mother I Never Knew” in (2014)

Aishwarya Gurg

I am an avid reader, content creator and writer and a mother. I am an MBA by profession with 5 years of corporate experience. I have travelled extensively across the nation and abroad, which has given me a wider perspective about life. I believe in equal opportunities and inclusivity. I have lived by the mantra of less judging and more uplifting each other for a better tomorrow.

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