The book Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to Life is a collection of 50 short stories from different authors. The stories narrate different shades of human character, behavior and attitudes. These stories are inspired from the personal experiences of different people across the length of their lives and struggles. The writer, Sudha Murthy, compiles the stories with a simple and unadorned language, analysing the emotions of human beings. These are some of the inspirational, motivational and emotional tales of real lives that cuts across all the barriers of religion, location and caste.
The book contains a wide range of stories that revolve around the lives of different people from different places. One story talks about a man's relationship with his father. After dumping his old father in an old age home, the man decides to ignore taking care of his father. Later, when the father dies, the son recalls his father and their relationship just to make sure that he gets the inheritance. Another story has a brother selling off his own sister into prostitution on the day of Raksha Bandhan. In one of the stories, a beggar goes to an earthquake-affected area and pretends to be a victim just to get the benefits provided for the victims. The book Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to Life also has a story of an old woman who never fails to show her gratitude even when she is on her death bed. There is also a tale about a young boy, who sells crabs for a living for himself and his family. The stories are intriguing, and the author has expressed it in a simple yet impressive way that you can feel the lives and the struggles of the characters.
Sudha Murthy is an Indian author. She is also a social worker. Currently, she works as the Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Padma Shri. Some of her famous works are Grandma's Bag Of Stories, The Bird With Golden Wings: Stories Of Wit And Magic, and Gently Falls the Bakula. You can order online the paperback edition published by Penguin Books India with the ISBN-10 number 0143062220 and ISBN-13 number 9780143062226.
July 18, 2006
Dimensions and Weight
12.9 cm x 19.8 cm
About the Author
Sudha Murthy is an Indian writer who was born in 1950 in the town of Shiggaon, Karnataka. She is also the Infosys Foundation's chairperson. She writes in Kannada and English and has authored collections of short stories, travelogues, technical books, non-fiction stories, novels and children's books. Her books have been sold to over four lakh individuals and they have been translated into a number of prominent languages in India. She is the recipient of various prestigious awards like the Padma Shri, the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature. Her other works include The Bird with Golden Wings : Stories of Wit and Magic, Grandma's Bag of Stories, Gently Falls the Bakula, The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Stories from Here and There and Dollar Bahu.