I just read the book ‘How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories’, its a splendid collection of short stories by Sudha Murty. She has a very poignant yet subtle way of explaining things and I was smiling throughout each story :)
One of my favorite stories is ‘I Will Do It’ where she describes a young boy who secured a good rank in the IIT entrance exam but he could not join IIT because his father could not afford it. The boy did not give up hope and had these words in mind: ‘All students from the IITs study well and do big things in life. But it is not the institution, ultimately it is you and you alone who can change your life by hard work.’ Today, he is a successful person, an icon of simplicity, uncompromising quality and fairness. He is none other than Infosys founder Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy!
Some of my other favorite stories include ‘Abdul Kalam’, ‘Appro JRD’, ‘The Story of Two Doctors’, ‘A Journey Through Desert’ and ‘Doing what you like is freedom’. I was able to get my sis interested enough to read ‘I Will do it’ and she was impressed. A few minutes ago, I was surprised to see even Dad reading the book…
A very good book. Don’t miss it.