Understanding human and human nature is one of the toughest jobs .Many time what seems right and good or vice versa can be completely different if explored to proper depth. In many instance, we all come across people and forms an opinion about the people we meet without actually knowing anything about them. But hearing and learning about such instances helps us to redefine our thought process and become wiser. Sudha Murty’s book Wise and otherwise will take you to a journey across the length and breadth of India through narrations of 51 stories inspired by the extensive travels of the author herself.
Wise and otherwise has generated interest not just as an inspirational book of people’s struggles and how they overcome it but also for its settings. It present a realistic picture of India with its values, traditions and imperfections and lay before the readers certain set of moral values whose validity they have to judge for themselves. It unravels human nature and shows all that is good and bad in it and how it is often shaped by intention and circumstances. From the story of a son who leaves his father in an old age home pretending he is a stranger to the story of earthquake aid being exploited and not reaching to victims, each story is a moving one and will generate myriads of emotions within the readers, ranging from anger to kindness to pity to the realisation of reality of the world. The book grabs the attention of the reader through its skilful narration of characters, setting and situations.
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About the author
Sudha Murty is a social activist and worker and also a prolific writer in Kannada and English. She is well known for her social work as the chairperson of Infosys Foundation. Through her writings, she tries to highlight the social issues prevalent in the society. ‘Dollar Sose’ authored by her in Kannada is her most renowned work and beside that. she has authored several other books like How I taught my grandmother to read, The Accolades Galore, House of Cards etc in English and Yashashvi, Tumula, Paridihi Computer Lokadalli in Kannada language. Sudha Murty has been decorated with several awards from prestigious institutions. She is the better half of N.R. Narayana Murthy.