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How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories

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Sudha Murthy's How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories provides lessons for life through its twenty-five, splendidly written stories. Sudha Murthy has even picked out anecdotes from her own life to present to the readers a book that shows them the forgotten values of life.How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories is filled with heart touching tale ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Penguin Putnam
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I love it!It's such a touching story,I love the grandmother's determination, affection, hardwork etc.It also tells that there's no age limit for education as well as for giving respect.
Gauri Godale
Nov 22, 2009 Gauri Godale rated it really liked it
it is intresting -the small stories.I learned many things.....
Samir Dhond
Sep 29, 2009 Samir Dhond rated it really liked it
It is about Sudha Murthy's experiences. The book is witty, inspiring, spirited. The book teaches valuable lessons about courage of conviction and executing things that you feel you ought to do from within.
Sep 07, 2012 Aparna rated it really liked it
i was in 9th or 10th when i read this book..and i loved it instantly !and i could easily connect with the story coz i have an adorable grandmom too :D
Hitessh Panchal
Apr 07, 2016 Hitessh Panchal rated it liked it

I am Sudha Murty....
I am ... this....
I am ....that...
I come from ... learned Family....
My Students Love Me......
My Husband is Narayan Murthy....
I am Engaged In Philanthropy.....
My Daughter is this....

I, ME, MYSELF seemed to be the sole agenda of writing this book.

If the author had cut down on the self glorification and the self appraisal on every second page, this book..does have interesting stories, with Moral.

I picked up this book, just for a break from usual reading , as short stories is some

Socrates Chinniah
Jan 16, 2014 Socrates Chinniah rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors, 2014
Good things do come in small packages.

The book contains mostly the experience of Mrs.Murty and some stories which she have heard from others. The book is simple and easy to read with no complications , The book is themed around various morals suitable for children and youngsters , that does not mean the book is not meant for grown ups , Its refreshing to go through the stories especially when you have hard time and you dont wanna have faith in humanity and society , The book kindles the optimi
Nov 29, 2015 Karishma rated it liked it
More than writerly finesse or skill, it's the content of these short anecdotes and the intention behind them that strikes one as you rapidly read through this slim collection of stories from Sudha Murthy's life.

The stories are about her teachers and her students, her friends and her family, her husband and her children, her early career as an engineer and her latter one as a teacher and social worker.

There is great simplicity in the lessons she tries to impart, they are those of the importance
Mar 06, 2007 Shailie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suggestions
I read a lot of her books when I was in India this december. I loved all of them. Most of her short stories are about real life incidences she came across. Some storeis make your eyew wet, some make you smile; every story will definately touch your soul in some way or the other!
Jul 05, 2012 Book'd rated it really liked it
Read long time back in gujarati edition. Wonderful book throwing light on importance of education. Grandma and her passion for learning is portrayed wonderfully.
A heart touching and worth read.
Mar 19, 2009 Malay added it
A very good collection of short stories containing simple yet meaningful secrets of life. A must read for beginners!
Outi S.
Mar 31, 2008 Outi S. rated it did not like it
Old fashioned teachings of an Indian woman who never forgets to remind the reader of who she is.
Sep 06, 2015 Sandeep rated it it was amazing
I am wondering, what do I say about this book, the author. I had read Wise and otherwise by Sudha Murthy a good few years back and since then I was yearning to read one more book from her.

Though this book was first published in 2004, I am quite ashamed to say, I am reading this after a decade and a year.

What can you expect from a person who has seen so much, traveled so much, done so much of philanthropic work, been a great teacher, has a truck load of stories to tell from encounters with comm
Jitin Nair
Oct 30, 2014 Jitin Nair rated it it was ok
After reading the reviews here, I was pretty much excited about this book. This also happens to be the first time I read a book by Sudha Murty. Although, the book is meant to be for children, it is not strictly a typical children's story book. Most stories are anecdotes and events that happened in the lives of Sudha Murty and Narayana Murthy.

My pick of the best three stories are : How I taught my Grandmother to read, 'Aapro J.R.D' and The Rainy Day.

The first one is an incident from the author's
Dec 30, 2014 Prithvi.bits rated it really liked it
Wow. what a book and what a prolific writer she is.
Some stories will definitely leave a tear in your eyes. Such is the beauty of her writing.
Such an ardent observer of life she is, she tried to connect most of her experiences to some or the other stories she heard

Everyone should definitely read this book as it's very rare these days that literature is bringing the old adages to limelight
Good way to end an awesome year 2014 :-)
Oct 04, 2015 siya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sudha murthy makes us go deep into her world of her past and the exciting things she faced. When and how she met India's gem, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the lessons she learned from her family, etc. A wonderful and must read book.
Kushagra Verma
Feb 22, 2016 Kushagra Verma rated it it was ok
The stories are average with narrator more boasting about herself then focusing on stories...Recommended for Kids who needs lessons in morals as there thoughts are in developing stage...Not good for adults seeking satisfaction of book reading
Vandana R
Apr 01, 2015 Vandana R rated it really liked it
Sudha Murthy's values glisten through the pages of these bokd. Humility, honesty, intelligence. It's a good casual read and brings back a lot of nostalgic memories of my childhood as well.
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A delightful children’s book, Sudha Murty’s first of the genre, How I taught my grandmother to read combines the teachings of life in twenty four simple short stories. The stories are experiences from Murty’s life that subtly convey important moral lessons, the essential values which are often forgotten by us in the course of life.

There are numerous instances, situations and conversations from her life which have been recollected here, about the people who have touched her life and
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Apr 13, 2016 Siddharth Chakravarthy rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-value
A Small but a neat compilation of Sudha Murthy's Personal Life experiences, incidents that shaped her into who she is today.
Books like these shouldn't be rated low. Who knows? A person reading this book might find a line or two to be impactful which could even transform his life for the better. Inspiration doesn't really need to come from hearing motivational speech's or from seeing such movies. It could even come from reading a small book like this. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Sudha murthy telling a lot of stories, includng the ones that inspired herself. good read if you want to know that ths women has her own identity besides NR Murthy sir
Jun 17, 2013 Pallavi rated it did not like it
This was my first Sudha Murthy book. I thought it would be simple and down to earth like her. But disappointed to see only stories boasting on her ability and work.
Anushri Prabhu
May 22, 2014 Anushri Prabhu rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children and young adults
This is a sweet, simple and easy book to read with a number of short stories. Sudha Murty has a knack for storytelling.
Definitely worth a read. :)
Nov 21, 2008 Sushila rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable book. The language was very simple, but honest. It's a perfect source of bedtime stories -- perfect to be read aloud.
Mar 28, 2010 Anne rated it it was ok
A collection of stories from Mrs Murthy's life..However its more of a 'moral science' lesson.Might be good for children..
Apr 20, 2012 Prashansa rated it liked it
Have read the first story in my course book.....Nice!! Teaches us the importance of education in life!!
Abhiraj Rajadhyaksha
Apr 05, 2014 Abhiraj Rajadhyaksha rated it really liked it
My cousin gifted this book to my younger brother on his 14th birthday. Looking at the illustration on the cover, I got the impression of the book being particularly for kids. Frankly speaking it is for kids but for the kids that live inside adults.
This is the first Sudha Murty's book that I've read and I am waiting to get my hands on a few more. Few of the short stories were a little to idealistic and I couldn't believe the real life possibility of such occurrences. Nonetheless, they made me fe
Jan 16, 2015 Kumar rated it it was amazing
A must read book, things almost forgotten in modern day life.
Aravinthan ID
Aug 09, 2015 Aravinthan ID rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
One more Heart touching stories collections of Sudha Murthy. This book contains the stories of some of his real life incidents. Most of the stories tell about moral values for our life. The story about our former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's simplicity and kindness, Sudha Murthy's 62 year old grandmother's passion to learn to read stories, the story about N.R. Narayanamurthy's hard work and determination to build Infosys and stories about Honesty are I liked very much. Simple Words. Simple Sto ...more
Jan 25, 2015 LouAnn rated it really liked it
This book encapsulates a wonderful new story in each chapter. I learned a little about the "traditional children's tales in India" from reading this novel. I also learned a little about Indian culture. The morals of the stories are similar to those learned in the U.S.. The characters and circumstances change, but the lessons remain the same. This was a comforting thought to me. If you want to read a book of unique short stories that will make you smile, pick up How I Taught My Grandmother to rea ...more
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Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.

Her books have been translated int
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