I rarely enjoy short stories, since I like to get engrossed and invest my feelings into a book with a size of a brick and live in it as long as i can.
However, lately i have been in a reading slump and was hoping i could indulge in something that i could dip in and out from.
I decided to pick up the short stories collection by Sudha Murthy last weekend… Finally!!!
Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People.
I love how they are true stories about ordinary people struggling to be better in life. Even though most of these people are poor, many of the stories bring out the honesty and pride in each one of their work and way of life.The author beautifully brings out the underlying message of kindness, humanity and honesty through her extraordinary writing.
Each of these stories inspire you to be kinder. It makes you look from a different perspective. Not only does it make you question your contribution towards the country or humanity in general but also confronts various issues like gender equality, and poverty.
There is this amazing story about how the author writes a letter to JRD Tata questioning him about the gender equality in his company, and her encounter with the man who is not only known for how rich he was, but also how great as a person he was as well.
Features Facets of Human Emotions.
Different facets of human emotions are featured within all the stories like love, care, friendship, selflessness, greed, hunger, poverty, devotion, jealousy etc.
It also teaches us how not to live your life – being ungrateful where she tells us about a story of a boy she helped in his education and later he refused to recognize her…
or the story of two childhood friends who later have different financial statuses that leads to an end to their friendship.
About the Author:
Sudha Murthy– Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, and wife of Narayana Murthy writes about her heartwarming experiences as a philanthropist in these books.
A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.
She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan’s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.
I absolutely enjoyed her experiences as a philanthropist… Have you read any of these books?