Sudha Murty, The Old Man and His God.
A couple of weeks ago, one my Indian friend Vijay Milampure brought me a gift from India. It was the book written by Sudha Murty «The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India». It was an unexpected and pleasant gift, because I love to read books. And with the words: «Sudha Murty is a very famous woman in India. She is like you. But she is traveling around India, and describes the events that happen to her. And you write about cities and countries, but she writes about people. Through this book you will be able better to understand India and our people”.
Just want to say that I have never been in India, but really wish to visit. I heard that people, who visited India changed their attitude to life, and began to look for many things from a different angle.
Speaking about Sudha Murty, she is a Trustee of Infosys Foundation and a Visiting Professor at the PG Center of Bangalore University. She and her husband organized a fund to help the needy and provide all possible assistance to the poor people. Today, thanks to their efforts, in many rural schools built libraries. And in some localities, installed the public toilets. By the way, this story from the book has been one of the most shocking for me. Read that in 2016 some women in India are experiencing difficulties in order to have a chance to visit the toilets during the day, simply because there aren’t public toilets, was incredible.
The book “The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India” consists of short stories. From the book it becomes clear that Sudha visiting a little-known villages in India and trying to learn the needs of the poor people and help them later.
In this book, Sudha Murty talks about the people and situations that happened to her. In this book, a lot of philosophy and rhetorical questions on living. Reading “The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India” I thought also about my lives. As a result, Vijay was right, I really had learned a little more about India and its people. Thank you, Vijay.
So, if you want to know how to lives Indian people and what difficulties they have every day, I strongly suggest that you read this book. And from now, I will look in bookstores for the rest of the books written by Sudha Murty in order to get acquainted with her creativity and a mysterious India.