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Wearer of many hats-philanthropist, entrepreneur, computer scientist, engineer, teacher-Sudha Murty has above all always been a storyteller extraordinaire. Winner of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature, the Padma Shri, the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature, and the Raymond Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, her reper Wearer of many hats-philanthropist, entrepreneur, computer scientist, engineer, teacher-Sudha Murty has above all always been a storyteller extraordinaire. Winner of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature, the Padma Shri, the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature, and the Raymond Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, her repertoire includes adult non-fiction, adult fiction, children's books, travelogues and technical books. Here, There and Everywhere is a celebration of her literary journey and is her 200th title across genres and languages. Bringing together her best-loved stories from various collections alongside some new ones and a thoughtful introduction, here is a book that is, in every sense, as multifaceted as its author.


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Wearer of many hats-philanthropist, entrepreneur, computer scientist, engineer, teacher-Sudha Murty has above all always been a storyteller extraordinaire. Winner of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature, the Padma Shri, the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature, and the Raymond Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, her reper Wearer of many hats-philanthropist, entrepreneur, computer scientist, engineer, teacher-Sudha Murty has above all always been a storyteller extraordinaire. Winner of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature, the Padma Shri, the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature, and the Raymond Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, her repertoire includes adult non-fiction, adult fiction, children's books, travelogues and technical books. Here, There and Everywhere is a celebration of her literary journey and is her 200th title across genres and languages. Bringing together her best-loved stories from various collections alongside some new ones and a thoughtful introduction, here is a book that is, in every sense, as multifaceted as its author.

30 review for Here, There and Everywhere: Best-Loved Stories of Sudha Murthy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    Simple yet beautiful. Written in simple language. Book is filled with lot of positiveness. Very inspiring and touching book. Glad i read it. Thanks to my friend for recommending it to me. This book is good for kids too. Giving proper upbringing(sanskar)at right time is a necessity these days. Book changes the way you see the world. Everytime you don't need money for good work. Just believing in good deeds is enough. Simple yet beautiful. Written in simple language. Book is filled with lot of positiveness. Very inspiring and touching book. Glad i read it. Thanks to my friend for recommending it to me. This book is good for kids too. Giving proper upbringing(sanskar)at right time is a necessity these days. Book changes the way you see the world. Everytime you don't need money for good work. Just believing in good deeds is enough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    When the first major ecommerce site in India was taking its baby steps, I decided to take a gamble and order a book online. There were apprehensions galore but I went ahead and took the plunge anyway by clicking the order button and paying the money. Wiping away any and all of my doubts, the book arrived in a couple of days. It was a wonderful little book and was named Wise and otherwise by Sudha Murthy and was my first book written by her. The time gap between that book and this one is close to When the first major ecommerce site in India was taking its baby steps, I decided to take a gamble and order a book online. There were apprehensions galore but I went ahead and took the plunge anyway by clicking the order button and paying the money. Wiping away any and all of my doubts, the book arrived in a couple of days. It was a wonderful little book and was named Wise and otherwise by Sudha Murthy and was my first book written by her. The time gap between that book and this one is close to a decade now but the memories that both of these leave me with are pretty much the same. Filled with good humour, humility and generous helpings of empathy these are feel good books of the first order. If by any chance you have read an Indian comic book called Tinkle, then you can pretty much understand how Mrs. Murthy writes. In simple and lucid prose she talks about some of the big lessons of life. Years spent in philanthropic pursuits have also given her a much more wider view of the world and the people in it. There are little stories of grandmothers learning to read, a beggar and his little child teaching an eternal pessimist the meaning of optimism, the story of how a runaway orphan from a remote part of Karnataka grew up and later emigrated to the US to a better life and so on and on. Some of the stories are immensely touching, for instance there is a little anecdote of a son who abandons his old father at an old age home where the destitute old man passes away. There are also uplifting tales like the one which talks about Mrs. Murthy’s experiences working with the devdasi community in Karnakata and over a long period of time helping them to escape from a life of being sex workers. These tales are beautiful to behold. What is most amusing about the writing style is that it does not preach but in a quiet and dignified language it tells us of a different world view. A feel good collection of anecdotes. Recommended !

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sanjana Kumar

    Some stories were good. But in some others, the self-praise was getting a little too much to take. An average kind of read - I'd probably only recommend it to someone who is an absolute beginner when it comes to reading. Some stories were good. But in some others, the self-praise was getting a little too much to take. An average kind of read - I'd probably only recommend it to someone who is an absolute beginner when it comes to reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pome_garnet

    –This was written in a very simple and easy language making it easier for the readers who have recently started to read. —The book consists of many short stories coming straight from heart and memory of the author and scribbled upon the paper. –These stories are inspired by the authors personal life and brought joy while reading. –I found some of the stories quite inspiring while others where plain boring!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hema

    My respect for Mrs Sudha Murthy, multiples everytime I pick her book..She rights straight from the heart , beautifully :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raksha Bhat

    Sudha Murthy is an inspiration for many of us to follow our heart. Reading her stories and experiences gives you a different outlook towards life. Her simplicity is motivating, so is her grit and conviction. Her words are as adorable as her and if we can imbibe one quality of her by reading books it would be a great thing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    PS

    2.5 stars I loved: - A life unwritten - The line of separation - Rahman's avva - How to beat the boys (the ending moved me to tears) In general, this was an interesting read, but I am not a fan of Murty's writing style: it's really awkward in sections. It's also really difficult to ignore the fact she is married to Narayan Murty, the billionaire co-founder of Infosys. The whole look-how-magnanimous-and-simple-I-am-despite-my-wealth narrative started to grate on me after a while, which is why I prefer 2.5 stars I loved: - A life unwritten - The line of separation - Rahman's avva - How to beat the boys (the ending moved me to tears) In general, this was an interesting read, but I am not a fan of Murty's writing style: it's really awkward in sections. It's also really difficult to ignore the fact she is married to Narayan Murty, the billionaire co-founder of Infosys. The whole look-how-magnanimous-and-simple-I-am-despite-my-wealth narrative started to grate on me after a while, which is why I preferred the stories from her childhood/her father's life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sahil Pradhan

    Funny, observant and wise, this is an autobiography at its most irresistible. while you go through the book, you know you peel out layers of secrets of Murty's helping and peaceful, philanthropic and simple life, a feeling that you get while reading her short stories and other books. the book is a collection of utterly magical essays and her best-loved stories that will leave you crying, laughing and wholly enchanted. The vocabulary is simple and essays and memoirs are short and to the point. the Funny, observant and wise, this is an autobiography at its most irresistible. while you go through the book, you know you peel out layers of secrets of Murty's helping and peaceful, philanthropic and simple life, a feeling that you get while reading her short stories and other books. the book is a collection of utterly magical essays and her best-loved stories that will leave you crying, laughing and wholly enchanted. The vocabulary is simple and essays and memoirs are short and to the point. the narration is both humour and empathy which is a trademark of Murty’s storytelling and yes truly it makes the book a gripping one. the book covers chapters and memoirs on what Murty feels on some of the incidents from her life. Sudha Murthy's Here, There and Everywhere provides lessons for life through its twenty-five, splendidly written stories. Sudha Murthy has even picked out anecdotes from her own life to present to the readers a book that shows them the forgotten values of life. Here, There and Everywhere is filled with heart touching tales varying from one about how her grandmother asked the then twelve-year-old author to teach her the alphabet. the book is a short read and would bring out your emotions from the core of your heart and would even stir down your own revolutionary ideas and lot many beautiful and awesome ideas even as in each essay, this common person who still cherishes old practices and charms like writing with a pen, living near nature and others, is the dynamic force of change. So often, it's the simplest acts of courage that touch the lives of others. Sudha Murty-through the exceptional work of the Infosys Foundation as well as through her own youth, family life and travels-encounters many such stories . . . and she tells them here in her characteristically clear-eyed, warm-hearted way. She talks candidly about the meaningful impact of her work in the devadasi community, her trials and tribulations as the only female student in her engineering college and the unexpected and inspiring consequences of her father's kindness. From the quiet joy of discovering the reach of Indian cinema and the origins of Indian vegetables to the shallowness of judging others based on appearances, these are everyday struggles and victories, large and small. Unmasking both the beauty and ugliness of human nature, each of the real-life stories in this collection is reflective of a life lived with grace. It must have been hard work for the author to collect and compile these essays from all over her continent of ideas and thoughts, with her pen! But, we are glad that she did. I would recommend the book to each and every one, especially children and anthology readers, go grab a book now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krutika Puranik

    Here, There and Everywhere. ~ "Our ancestors have taught us in the Vedas that one should, Donate with kind words. Donate with happiness. Donate with sincerity. Donate only to the needy. Donate without expectation because it is not a gift. It is a duty. Donate with your wife’s consent. Donate to other people without making your dependents helpless. Donate without caring for caste, creed and religion. Donate so that the receiver prospers." - Sudha Murty. ~ How I love reading Sudha Murty's books. There Here, There and Everywhere. ~ "Our ancestors have taught us in the Vedas that one should, Donate with kind words. Donate with happiness. Donate with sincerity. Donate only to the needy. Donate without expectation because it is not a gift. It is a duty. Donate with your wife’s consent. Donate to other people without making your dependents helpless. Donate without caring for caste, creed and religion. Donate so that the receiver prospers." - Sudha Murty. ~ How I love reading Sudha Murty's books. There's something very beautiful and humble about the way she writes down her stories. There's no hint of arrogance, plasticity or beating around the bush. Her stories have always been simple yet very powerful in conveying her message and I don't know many who are capable enough of nailing that art. The fact that these stories are of her own experience makes it even more interesting for the readers. Here, There and Everywhere is her 200th book and I absolutely loved the cover. ~ Like in her other books, she speaks about her life experiences in this one as well. She narrates her friendships with people whom she met accidentally and how their lives have transformed over the years. She narrates the unconditional love that her grandparents showered on her and also on the people around them. She firmly believes that giving needs to be a selfless act and not a calculated one. She stresses on how important education is in shaping one's future. Her days of saving ₹300 per month to buy books by sacrificing other needs are applaudable. My favourite thing to read was her journey in the literary world. From not knowing English to writing books in the same language shows how things work in our favour given enough amount of dedication. ~ I suggest Sudha Murty's books when someone reaches out to me for recommendation. They're simple yet mesmerizing. They do a very fine job in motivating people who are seeking strength. Though few stories were repeated in this book, I did not mind reading them again. ~ Rating - 4.5/5.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonal Prasad

    I always thought that I could only relate to classic literature, twisted plots, layered characters and emotional spin. But Sudha Murty's simplistic and subtle narratives struck a chord with me. The style of writing is mellow, the descriptions are vivid, a lot of it drawn out from her childhood and family. Each story is a depiction of humanity and goodness. She brings out the importance of honesty, hardwork, love, trust, sacrifice and philanthropy via the book. Though the stories are written in a I always thought that I could only relate to classic literature, twisted plots, layered characters and emotional spin. But Sudha Murty's simplistic and subtle narratives struck a chord with me. The style of writing is mellow, the descriptions are vivid, a lot of it drawn out from her childhood and family. Each story is a depiction of humanity and goodness. She brings out the importance of honesty, hardwork, love, trust, sacrifice and philanthropy via the book. Though the stories are written in a fictional space, they do not fail to amaze you. The endings are beautiful, she connects dots very instantaneously and draws analogies from her past or some historical incident which provides another level of elevation to the narrative. My favorites were "A life Unwritten", "Miserable Success" and "Rahman's Avva". Some of my favorite accounts from these was the analogy drawn out from history when Karunavati had sent a Rakhi to Humayun, also how she states the fact that sometimes uneducated people can be quite advanced when it comes to human values and that peace of mind is above any order of success. There was lot of humour in "Cattle class" where Murty did not hesitate in giving a piece of her mind to some censorious people. In "A life Unwritten", the account as to why Murty's father decided to become a gynaecologist was heart warming. At points, too much goodness might start to feel a bit over burdening and unrealistic, but living in a better world is the dream we all share, so no condemnation here!! I really admire Murty as a person and her stories are no less admirable. Some of them are bound to remain with you for sometime.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vinayak Hegde

    A collection of stories from the life of Sudha Murty. This is her 200th book. The author writes from the heart and the stories are very simple. They show her passion towards life and her life's work - Teaching and Philanthropy. Several stories are very touching and move you in some way. The language is very simple and the author is able to communicate very well without using flowery language. A page turner for sure. I breezed through the book. A collection of stories from the life of Sudha Murty. This is her 200th book. The author writes from the heart and the stories are very simple. They show her passion towards life and her life's work - Teaching and Philanthropy. Several stories are very touching and move you in some way. The language is very simple and the author is able to communicate very well without using flowery language. A page turner for sure. I breezed through the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Баба Яга

    Light read, some of the stories have interesting insights into the Indian culture and hold socially important messages. The writing is extremely plain and simple, which I realise is a choice, but still made the reading sometimes a bit boring. Also, it's very self-celebratory, which can get a bit annoying at times to be honest. Light read, some of the stories have interesting insights into the Indian culture and hold socially important messages. The writing is extremely plain and simple, which I realise is a choice, but still made the reading sometimes a bit boring. Also, it's very self-celebratory, which can get a bit annoying at times to be honest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    Collection of 22 real life stories. Those who read all her books may feel some of them are repeated, worth rereading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gayatri Ganesh

    She is one of the best Indian short story writer.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sangeetha Kani

    Completely positive... Collection of 22 short stories...Heart Warming.A Lesson from a Begger is my absolute favourite. There is So Much to Learn from this book.Love... Kindness... Empathy... Compassion...Lovely simple Read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aditi Bachhawat (islejazz)

    Sudha Murty is not an obscure name. And though I knew that she was a writer, for the longest time I only knew her as the wife of the founder of India's IT giant. Blame it on my ignorance. But, I guess Universe has its own way of undoing all misconceptions, and as was destined, my dear friend Arti gifted me with this book. And I couldn't be enough grateful to her. For the longest time I have ignored Indian literature scene, and now that I have finally embarked on a journey to get acquainted with i Sudha Murty is not an obscure name. And though I knew that she was a writer, for the longest time I only knew her as the wife of the founder of India's IT giant. Blame it on my ignorance. But, I guess Universe has its own way of undoing all misconceptions, and as was destined, my dear friend Arti gifted me with this book. And I couldn't be enough grateful to her. For the longest time I have ignored Indian literature scene, and now that I have finally embarked on a journey to get acquainted with it, my eyes are opening to so much more about my own country. This book opened my eyes to the fact that if I have to look for strong female role models I don't really need to cross oceans. They're here right in my backyard. Here, There, and Everywhere is a collection of inspiring tales from the life of the writer. It chronicled not only her achievements but also the challenges and setbacks faced by her. What enamored me about her was the simplicity with which she reaches her audience. She's truly a people's writer, and reading her writing is like immersing oneself in the purest reading pleasure. Her stories can be read by everyone, and that is perhaps the best thing about this book. Now that I have finally discovered her writing, I am not going to keep myself away from her books. And if you're someone who hasn't yet picked up her works, then I will urge you to do so soon. You won't regret it..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Surabhi

    Short stories from Ms.Sudha Murty's life journey takes us on the ride of emotions.The stories are written simply and are expressed in a way that keeps the reader engaged.The reader can literally feel as if he/she is present at that scenario. The life of a philanthropist is portrayed through interesting stories.How one person's genuine gesture of kindness can change the whole story of a person's life is fascinating.Many such stories are penned in the book.Some of the stories touch the heart,bring Short stories from Ms.Sudha Murty's life journey takes us on the ride of emotions.The stories are written simply and are expressed in a way that keeps the reader engaged.The reader can literally feel as if he/she is present at that scenario. The life of a philanthropist is portrayed through interesting stories.How one person's genuine gesture of kindness can change the whole story of a person's life is fascinating.Many such stories are penned in the book.Some of the stories touch the heart,bring goosebumps and make us realize the true essence of life- Compassion and kindness towards each other. Some stories give a warm feeling that cannot be put into words and would definitely leave an impact on the reader.Makes us realize how important it is for human beings to be kind to other beings in order to feel the real happiness and satisfaction in life. Sudha madam has transformed the life of so many people and really is an inspiration to us all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anjali Menon

    4/5 stars!!!! Really Loved all the stories or should I say her life experiences.. It was beautiful, so relatable. All those experiences that she had in her lifetime is soo endearing. It is a blessing that she was able to help, uplift, love & support so many souls. God has given her a pristine opportunity for the welfare of humanity and she, her husband and her various foundations have always stood up the tide of time and helped our society be a better place to live in. The only reason that I beli 4/5 stars!!!! Really Loved all the stories or should I say her life experiences.. It was beautiful, so relatable. All those experiences that she had in her lifetime is soo endearing. It is a blessing that she was able to help, uplift, love & support so many souls. God has given her a pristine opportunity for the welfare of humanity and she, her husband and her various foundations have always stood up the tide of time and helped our society be a better place to live in. The only reason that I believe for her tenderness, compassion and understanding of humanity are her paternal & maternal grandparents, her parents for their teachings regarding meaning of life, our duty towards people & their modern but true outlook towards life. They are the reason why Sudha Murthy is who she is today..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ajay Choudhary

    Our life is nothing but an assemblage of stories. We like to tell and listen stories. A conversation without stories would seem quite superficial. Stories also provide us the motivation and energy to carry on. They shine like a dim distant lantern in the dark that help us tread through the hazy periods of life. This book is full of such stories. Stories that provide a shot of positivity and are full of profound insights. Written in an utterly compassionate style. Reading this book will give you Our life is nothing but an assemblage of stories. We like to tell and listen stories. A conversation without stories would seem quite superficial. Stories also provide us the motivation and energy to carry on. They shine like a dim distant lantern in the dark that help us tread through the hazy periods of life. This book is full of such stories. Stories that provide a shot of positivity and are full of profound insights. Written in an utterly compassionate style. Reading this book will give you a sense of calmness and content. Happy reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Udit Nair

    I often read books which has some substance about a certain topic. Rarely I indulge myself in reading for purely the joy of reading. Well this book by Sudha Murty is just that. After a long time I just got submerged into the stories contained in this book. One amazing thing is that most of the stories have a circular fate where author meets a character after passage of time and as a result it is filled with perspectives. Humans learn through stories and narratives and I hope these stories leave I often read books which has some substance about a certain topic. Rarely I indulge myself in reading for purely the joy of reading. Well this book by Sudha Murty is just that. After a long time I just got submerged into the stories contained in this book. One amazing thing is that most of the stories have a circular fate where author meets a character after passage of time and as a result it is filled with perspectives. Humans learn through stories and narratives and I hope these stories leave the reader with learnings for lifetime.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shivakukatla

    Here, there and everywhere is collection of stories of Sudha Murthy's life experiences and incidents from her journey of life as Girl, Daughter, Granddaughter, Mom,wife, cousin, Friend, teacher and philanthropist etc. It's really an amazing book I was going through roller coaster ride of emotions while reading, such a great and divinely being you are mam. I just salute you and bow my head In front of you, If there is a chance in my life where I can make slight change I will do my best. This book Here, there and everywhere is collection of stories of Sudha Murthy's life experiences and incidents from her journey of life as Girl, Daughter, Granddaughter, Mom,wife, cousin, Friend, teacher and philanthropist etc. It's really an amazing book I was going through roller coaster ride of emotions while reading, such a great and divinely being you are mam. I just salute you and bow my head In front of you, If there is a chance in my life where I can make slight change I will do my best. This book will be my forever precious and favorite.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Naina Menon

    This book is beautiful. A very simple heart-touching book, this book has taught me what kindness is, how to be humble in life, how to be grateful for little things, how to cherish every moment and how to be helpful towards everyone. Sudha Murty's life experiences have taught me so many things, and have made be take a look at my life, and I feel somewhere along the line I can relate to her, in her young age. I recommend this book to those who want a change in their life, even by the slightest dif This book is beautiful. A very simple heart-touching book, this book has taught me what kindness is, how to be humble in life, how to be grateful for little things, how to cherish every moment and how to be helpful towards everyone. Sudha Murty's life experiences have taught me so many things, and have made be take a look at my life, and I feel somewhere along the line I can relate to her, in her young age. I recommend this book to those who want a change in their life, even by the slightest difference.

  23. 4 out of 5

    N

    This book truly warmed my heart and I cannot wait to read these stories again and again. This book gives you an insight into Sudha Murty, the life of a philanthropist whose world is filled with compassion and kindness. I learned so much from this short, quick read. I hope by rereading these stories, I can implement these values in my life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aman Sharma

    You would rarely come across such simplistic yet powerful writers like Sudha Murty. This book is a bundle of motivational stories and how you can connect the dots backwards. Everything that we do will impact our future and that of others so better we make sure we are doing the right thing in the present. Must read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arjun Raj

    A simple, surreal and refreshing book. It is the simple truth and reality that helps you foot yourself to the basics.... a prism that takes you back to the basic truth of philanthropy and service from the clutter...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka Shah

    I would compare every story in the book to a bite of your most favorite chocolate. It’s sweet, makes your heart all warm and leaves you wanting for more. Very sharp and smart observation by The author of people and situations she has come across. Highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gee K

    Totally worth reading Sudha Mam’s 200th book. Reading the book itself we get a clear picture how mam and her foundation is helping many people. Her journey is marvellous and the stories she has come across are very touching. It’s special.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Swathi

    A beautiful read giving insights to some childhood stories, her philanthropy experiences. Particularly loved 3000 stitches and the ones when she talks about her entry into engineering college. Loved the book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dipali Gupta

    Very nice stories based on her real life I loved it. Every story touched me in some way. Some gives you tears loved it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anantha Narayanan

    A very good collection of pearls; a well stitched necklace... but considering most of the stories are already present in other books, reducing the rating...

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