Sudha Murthy is a famous author in Kannada and English and an Indian engineering teacher. From being the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation to a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation, Sudha Murthy is achieving greater heights with her social work and literature contributions. Her writing style is simple yet captivates the vicissitudes and vibrancy of life.
She has written various novels, technical books, travelogues, short stories, non-fiction pieces, and children’s books. Her work has been translated in almost all major Indian languages and has sold over 300,000 copies throughout the country.
Read on to see our top selection of Sudha Murthy books for you.
Bestselling Sudha Murthy Books – 2021 Prices & Reviews (Updated)
|Sudha Murthy Books||Price||Rating|
|Wise And Otherwise||Rs.227||4.5/5|
|The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk||Rs.198||4.2/5|
|The Serpent’s Revenge||Rs.200||4.6/5|
|The Bird With Golden Wings||Rs.169||4.6/5|
|The Old Man And His God||Rs.198||4.4/5|
|House Of Cards||Rs.198||4.4/5|
|How I Taught My Grandmother To Read||Rs.120||4.6/5|
|Three Thousand Stitches||Rs.128||4.4/5|
1. Dollar Bahu
Dollar Bahu is a beautiful reflection of familial bonds that captivates the essence of relationships changing with the involvement of money. The story revolves around Gauramma and her two daughters-in-law, Jamuna and Vinuta. Gauramma always finds herself pulled towards the extravagant life and money of Jamuna, the ‘dollar bahu’ over the selflessness of Vinuta. However, the story unfolds into Gauramma realizing the value of Vinuta’s love and devotion, which is truly priceless. The novel was also adapted as a television series by Zee TV in 2001.
Year Of Publication: 2003
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2. Wise And Otherwise
Acclaimed as one of the best non-fiction books by Sudha Murthy, Wise And Otherwise is a collection of fifty vignettes of Murthy’s real life incidents and encounters with ordinary and extraordinary people during her travels. It covers human trials and tribulations ranging from a man leaving his own father in the old-age home to a sick woman remembering to thank her benefactor even on her deathbed.
Year Of Publication: 2002
Number Of Copies Sold: Over 30,000 copies sold in English
3. The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk
The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk is a collection of heartwarming stories of young adults. It delivers extraordinary tales of ordinary people that Sudha Murthy encountered while travelling through rural and urban India. Each of these short stories have an astonishing takeaway. For example, Vishnu, who has all the material success in life, still does not know happiness while Vankat who has so much to talk that he forgets to even listen.
Year Of Publication: 2012
4. The Serpent’s Revenge
The Serpent’s Revenge reintroduces the fascinating world of Mahabharata while unfolding unknown incidents which shaped India’s greatest war. From the story of Chandrahasa to that of Babruvaana, the different tales enclosed in this book will leave you with a sense of wonder and bewilderment.
Year Of Publication: 2016
5. The Bird With Golden Wings
The Bird With Golden Wings is a collection of 21 short stories that convey the little lessons of life in a readable and relatable manner. This book talks about the power of Karma, what goes around comes around. From the story of a little girl being rewarded for her selflessness to a sweet sea turning salty, these stories give you an essence of magic and pleasure in the simple things in life.
Year Of Publication: 2009
Number Of Copies Sold: Over 50,000 copies
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6. The Old Man And His God
The Old Man and his God is a simple and warm collection of snapshots that depict the various facets of human nature and the souls of people in India. As Murthy goes to work with villagers, slum dwellers, and other common men and women, she records the struggles and hardships they face and how they overcome them. She also talks about the stories of generosity and selfishness in difficult times.
Year Of Publication: 2006
7. House Of Cards
House of Cards is a mesmerizing tale of a young couple and their survival in the cruel world. Mridula, a bright young woman from a village in Karnataka falls in love with Sanjay, a talented yet penniless doctor. Trouble is brewed upon them when Sanjay decides to quit his government job to start his private practice. With affluence, came ambition and corruption. When Mridula finds out that Sanjay sold his soul, she has no other recourse but to walk away from him.
Year Of Publication: 2013
Number Of Copies Sold: 48,000 copies in English as of 2016
8. How I Taught My Grandmother To Read
How I Taught My Grandmother To Read is a story that encourages the reader to realize their dream without letting factors like age become a barrier. The book showcases how an illiterate grandmother is keen on learning how to read from his granddaughter. The story ends with an unusual sight of the grandmother touching her granddaughter’s feet as a mark of respect towards her teachings. This book was converted into 15 languages and won Murthy a number of awards and honours.
Year Of Publication: 2004
Number Of Copies Sold: 130,000 copies in English as of 2016
Awards: 100 Children’s Book To Read In A Lifetime
Mahashweta is a story that evokes emotions in the reader. Filled with courage and resilience, the story revolves around a girl named Anupama who lives in a world of illusions and betrayals. Anupama’s life falls apart when she discovers a white patch on her foot and is later diagnosed with leukoderma. She is forced to return to her parents after getting abandoned her uncaring in-laws and insensitive husband. After contemplating suicide, she is determined to rebuild her life against all odds. Anupama moves to Bombay, where she finds success, respect and the promise of an enduring friendship.
Year Of Publication: 2000
10. Three Thousand Stitches
Three Thousand Stiches is a compilation of 11 stories that talk candidly about simple acts of courage that touch other people’s lives. The book describes Murthy’s work in the devadasi community, her trials, and tribulations as the only female student in her college and the unexpected yet inspiring consequences of her father’s kindness. All the stories incorporated in this novel exhibit real-life journeys lived gracefully.
Year Of Publication: 2017