Wise and otherwise book review

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wise and otherwise book review

Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murty

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. There are 51 of them, all short and each one unique in its own right. It is a beautiful window into the diversity of the conditions in which Indians from varied walks of life spend their lives.
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Book Review of Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy

A lot of the stories are incidents from the lives of the rural and common people of India. Some stories are very inspirational and show their simplicity, honesty and courage. The stories consist of topics such as the struggle for education, underprivileged children, humility, jealousy from others, values. Every story shows a different aspect of human nature. Some were heart-breaking and depicted the harsh realities of life. The writing is very compelling and easy to read.

It was published by East West Books Pvt. Ltd Madras in the year and a revised edition is first published by Penguin Books with an addition of an extra chapter in the year The book shows encounters Sudha Murthy has had with ordinary people and extraordinary minds during her travels and personal experiences. Fifty vignettes showcase the myriad shades of human nature. Contents in the book include stories ranging from a man who dumps his aged father in an old-age home after declaring him to be a homeless stranger; a tribal chief in the Sahyadri hills who teaches the author that there is humility in receiving too and how a sick woman remembers to thank her benefactor even from her deathbed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the board game, see Wise and Otherwise.

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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.

Without it, education is incomplete. 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 humor and a directness that touches the heart. First published in , Wise and Otherwise has sold over 30, copies in English and has been translated into all the major Indian languages.

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