Sudha Murthy | Braves by their Broken Hearts!

How this ordinary girl became the first female Engineer of India and an International famous Author, who fought against the Gender Discrimination in various sections of Society? What helped this brave heart to set up 70,000 libraries and 16,000 public toilets for poor people? How this ordinary woman proved the biggest nation India, that "Women also can create wonders as like as men in this society.."



Sudha Kulkarni  (Sudha Murthy) | Biographical Sketch

  • She was born on 19th August 1950 into a Brahmin family in Karnataka, India.
  • Her father  R.H. Kulkarni was a Surgeon.
  • She was raised by her parents and maternal grandparents.
  • Studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering & Technology (now known as KLE Technological University), standing first in her class and receiving a gold medal from the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
  • She used to wear sleeve-less tops and jeans in her young age, and also made her haircut like a boy. But, gradually she habituated to wear traditional sarees..
  • "You should not be so sensitive.. Sensitive people suffer a lot in life.." - Sudha Murthy
  • Murthy completed M.E. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, standing first in her class and receiving a gold medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers.
  • She had written a postcard to the TELCO Company's Chairman complaining of the "men only" gender bias at TELCO. As a result, she was granted a special interview and hired immediately by the Chairman of TELCO, Mr. JRD Tata.
  • "If you try to please everyone, you will please no one... " - Sudha Murthy
  • Sudha Murthy became the first female engineer hired at India's largest auto manufacturer TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO).
She came to know about N.R. Narayana Murthy through a person named Prasoon.. She imagined Narayana Murthy like a good looking hero who might be more taller than her.. But, after she met him, she realized that her imagination is wrong.. Narayana Murthy was a fair man with uncompromising  quality, simplicity, brightest and most sharpest man.. He was a brilliant in Physics and Mathematics... Moreover, Narayana Murthy was an Introvert..
  • She married N. R. Narayana Murthy, while employed as an engineer at TELCO in Pune.
Sudha Murthy with Narayana Murthy
  • She got advice from J.R.D.Tata when she left her job to assist her husband Narayana Murthy to startup company Infosys which changed her life.
  • He told her to remember that no one was owner of money. "You are only trustee of money and it always changes hands. When you are successful, give it back to society that gave you so much goodwill".
  • In 1981, Narayana Murthy realized his big dream and it was the beginning for Infosys, one of the biggest names in software consulting. But before making any decision, Narayana gave her the choice. He said that both of them could not be at Infosys together, so he gave her the choice of joining Infosys, but she chose to pull back.
  • "It was very hard for me, it was not an easy decision because in 1968 I joined engineering college and 1972 I got graduated where there was not a single girl in the university. A person like me who was so career conscious, and so fond of technical things, it was very hard. However, Murthy being a very strong person, he said either you or me, either it is black or white, or one or zero," said Sudha.
  • "He (NR Narayana Murthy) told me I require three years of your hard work and I will not be able to earn, you have to manage the family, and give me the initial investment. I said okay let him do it. When you do not have many things, then you do not get scared. What I would have lost, only three years in my career, that is okay I told," Sudha Murthy said in an interview with CNBC-TV18 which aired in 2007.
Important Parenting tips by Sudha Murthy
  • As Narayana Murthy worked hard with co-founders to realize his dreams, Sudha became the rock that kept their relationship and Murthy's ambitions steady. She took the role of a homemaker and supported her husband.
  • She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities.
  • "Money is the one thing which rarely unites and mostly divides people.." - Sudha Murthy
  • In an interview with the Filmfare magazine, Mrs. Murthy said "I have 500 DVDs that I watch in my home theatre. I see a film in totality... Its direction, editing… all aspects. People know me as a social worker, as an author… but no one knows me as a movie buff. That’s why I am glad to do this interview with Filmfare".
  • Sudha Murthy used to teach school level Computer Science in Karnataka, India.
  • Through Infosys Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood affected areas. Murthy’s social work covers the healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level.
  • She wrote many successful stories and Novels which were translated into 15+ languages..
  • "Life is an exam where syllabus is unknown and question papers are not set prior.." - Sudha Murthy.
  • Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 70,000 libraries so far. She is helping out rural areas by building 16,000 public toilets and several hundred toilets in the city of Bengaluru.
  • Sudha abolished Deva-Dasi system at Hugli, India.. and also taught women how to read and write.. She trained many women, the skills for their livelihood.
  • She has handled national natural disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch – Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • One day, a person tried to snatch a chain from Sudha Murthy.. Immediately she defended herself and bet the snatcher very severely with the umbrella which she was carrying at that time..
How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories

Sudha Murthy's How I Taught My Grandmother to Read  is a collection of 25 semi-autobiographical short-stories written by her. Each of the stories is simple and packed with values. Funny, spirited and inspiring, the book teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of doing what you believe is right and having the courage to realize your dreams.
  • "Good relations, Compassion and Peace of mind are more important than awards, achievements, degrees and money..." - Sudha Murthy.


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