Loved by children and adults alike, Sudha Murthy books list include short stories, fiction as well as non-fiction. Latest novels of Sudha Murty were published in the year 2018, Here There And Everywhere and Upside Down King are talked and appreciated by many.
Every reader needs a break from those intense books which are a treat to read but at the same time are hectic also. It’s not easy to dive into the sea of emotions and get back to the shore. For times like these, an avid reader prefers light-hearted books which soothe mind and soul, and Sudha Murthy books are the must-reads in this genre.
About Sudha Murthy
Sudha Murthy, 68 years old, is one of the prominent writers of India who tranquilizes the reader’s urge to read. She is a chairperson of Infosys Foundation and used to be an engineering teacher and computer scientist in the early days of her career. Sometimes I get mesmerized by her writing style and ponder how a technical person can weave words with such ease.
The list of books by Sudha Murthy goes on with more than 20 books which set the reader’s journey away from life complications and simplifying life simultaneously.
Married to Narayan Murty, the co-founder of Infosys, Padam Shri awardee, Sudha Murty has written her first book in the year 2000, Mahashweta in the Kannada language. Since then she is inspiring readers with her short stories, fiction, non-fiction, technical books and travelogues in different regional languages.
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If you are looking for light heart reads then the Best Selling books and the latest novels by Sudha Murthy should be on the top of your ‘To Be Read list”.
List of Books by Sudha Murthy
Mahashweta is the first book of Sudha Murthy which began her writing career. It is a fiction novel written in Kannada language narrating the story of Anupama. Like the other regular days, Anupama saw her reflection in the mirror and found some white patches on her face and was diagnosed by Lukerderma. In this difficult stage of life, she finds herself deserted by her family. It is commendable to see the female protagonist’s courage and how she fights back in odd circumstances.
2) How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories
This book is one of the contributions to the magnificent writing career of Sudha Murty. We all had taught our grandparents about contemporary techniques and cherish those moments for the rest of our lives. The book narrates about Sudha Murty’s experience of teaching her grandmother to read when she was twelve years old complied with other 25 splendid short stories. This book was later included in the syllabus for the 9th class. No doubt her writing style has impacted and inspired school children as well as the readers of all age in an effective way.
3) Wise And Otherwise: A Salute to Life
Talking about humanity, love, trust and other human emotions, This book features 51 marvelous short stories by Sudha Murthy, making readers understand about humans and human nature. She wrote about her experience of meeting some famous and non-famous people and feeds readers with the essential life lessons. This fascinating short stories book, saluting the life of the people was published in 2002 in several languages admired by people across the country.
4) Dollar Bahu
Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy unfolds the story of a woman protagonist who faces difficulties while settling in her married life. The story falls apart when money takes the center stage in the characters’ lives, showcasing how paper notes can corrupt the pure human emotions. Understanding of relationships, love, care, and respect are the elements which beautify this narration by Sudha Murty. This heart-touching fiction with a moral is a delight to read.
5) The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Stories From Here and There
Enriching the lives of the readers with her wise words, Sudha Murty’s 2012 published book is a collection of captivating short stories. What attracts readers in Sudha Murthy books is the lucidity, transparency, and simplicity it offers through her writing style. This book is also the compilation of short stories with elementary but effective narrations.
6) The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India
A good writer is the one who gives voice to others through their words and Sudha Murty nonchalantly excels in her work by narrating the incidents of her life. The stories which might have taken place in the remote areas of the country are imprinted in an uncomplicated way. Like her other books, this book is also written with no fancy words just her experiences and the morals from true stories. It revolves around her experience when she had met some villagers, slum dwellers, and the laymen, listening to their hardships and struggles.
7) The Mother I Never Knew: Two Novellas
Adding laurels in the book list of Sudha Murthy, The Mother I Never Knew: Two Novellas was published in the year 2014. This fiction is written about the two young men, Venkatesh and Mukesh who determines to creep into their past to bring stability in the present. Untangling the complexity of emotions the author smoothly drives into the journeys of the character. You will find yourself connected as the protagonists begin their quest for searching for the mother they knew they had.
8) The Bird with Golden Wings: Stories of Wit and Magic
Sudha Murty has written this book for children in a very pleasant manner. It is definitely a treasure of stories with the wit and magic. Every story gives a life lesson and morals encouraging kids to hold on to the human values. This children’s book by Sudha Murthy will hook the kid readers all along the way of narration.
9) Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
This is one of the latest novels of Sudha Murty published in the year 2017. It revolves around the story of Sudha Murty herself who has inspired many people across the country either through her charitable works or through her persuasive writing. In this book, she talks about her course of meeting people and how every incident was weaved into her life and made a canvas of her life journey.
10) House Of Cards
It is a fiction about a young woman, Mridula from a remote village in Karnataka. As Mridula unleashes the adventures of life she found herself loving a man with a stable and happy life. She moves ahead on the path of life with her husband but then things got topsy and turvy and she finds out that her beloved is crooked for money. It is then when she decides to move out of the circumstances. This soul-stirring novel is about courage and love.
11) Gently Falls: The Bakula
Another Fiction book by Sudha Murthy is Gentle Falls: The Bakula, published in the year 2008. In the pursuit of a comfortable life, Shrimati tackles all the ups and downs with her beloved husband, Shrikant. In the midst of her settled life when Shrimati had a discourse with her old professor, she realizes that her aspirations are faded and she has lost her own identity. This book narrates the story of a successful husband and a wife in search of her own identity.
12) Hindu Mother, Muslim Son
Blurring the lines of discrimination and division, this fiction novel will definitely give you thrills. A story about two farmers and their wives. The farmers’ wives find hard to gel up with each others company but they get tangled in the life events related to their children. The simple short read about differences, motherhood, and love.
13) Something Happened on the Way to Heaven: 20 Inspiring Real-Life Stories
This book is the collection of the short inspiring stories handpicked by Sudha Murty herself. These stories talk about the love, care, humanity, faith, hope, kindness and joy of life. Sudha Murty makes sure that these unforgettable real-life stories are embedded in the reader’s’ mind.
14) Three Women, Three Ponds
In this world full of self-centered people, this reading classic can help you re-establish your faith in kindness and selflessness. Three women, three different paths and three different ways to go against the society’s demands. Every day they struggle to reach to the water, this ignites the spark to do a humanitarian act.
15) Grandma’s Bag Of Stories
As the title suggests, it is a big treat for children to read the grandma’s stories in simple words by Sudha Murty. Grandma’s Bag of Stories is a collection of stories which is narrated by the grandmother of seven children who listen to her fondly and love the storytelling by their grandmother.
16) The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata
The great epoch of Mahabharata has many questions and anecdotes which are unsolved and unheard by many. The prolific author of India tries to assemble these questions in this release of 2016 and narrates the story of Mahabharata very elegantly. This epic that is in much simpler words is an evocative read.
17) The Magic of the Lost Temple
Nooni, a young girl who lives in the city, finds the village life of her grandparents very fascinating. Being born in the helter-skelter urban life, a smooth daily routine of the villagers surprises her. But over the time she gets used to the usual of the day’s work, then one day she lapses into the magical step well. This is one of the good books by Sudha Murthy for children as well as adults.
18) Here, There And Everywhere
Released in 2018, Here, There And Everywhere is the latest novel by Sudha Murthy. The book is a collection of 22 short stories and talks about the experiences of Sudha Murthy with her younger brother and well-known astrophysicist, Shrinivas Kulkarni. Sudha Murthy, a philanthropist who has faced many hurdles while doing what makes her happy. The simple knitted words and conversational tone are the main characteristics of the book.
19) The Upside Down King: Unusual Tales About Rama And Krishana
This book is most recommended to the mythological bookworms. Unlike other mythological books, flooded with the complicated and unheard terms, The Upside Down King is written in the basic Sudha Murthy writing style. It shares some fun facts and stories about the great kings and their kingdoms which hooks readers all along the way.
Final thoughts on Sudha Murthy Books
The most I like about the inspirational writings of Sudha Murty is the sense of relaxation it provides to the readers. Her writings are all about the views on the charity, hospitality, philosophies of life and self-realization.
The simple yet effective chronicles make the Indian values easily comprehensible, retaining them in the reader’s mind. Social issues, love, trust, and respect are the topics which are talked and written by many but were never presented with such serenity and apprehensibility as written in the books of Sudha Murthy.
Interesting Facts about Sudha Murthy
- She has also acted in the Marathi film Pitruroon and the Kannada film Prarthana
- She was awarded as “Best Teacher” in 1995 from the Rotary Club of Bangalore.
- Murty Classical Library of India is an initiative of Sudha Murty under which they will publish the literary classics of India in vernacular and medieval languages.
- Paving her way towards the success, Sudha Murthy was awarded the R K Narayan Award for Literature and Attimabbe award for the excellence in the Kannada Literature.