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Read books to inculcate same habits in children: Sudha Murty

“I went to Kashi once and there you are supposed to give up something you like the most. Like most women, I liked shopping, so I gave it up,” she said. 

punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2018 12:43 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Author Sudha Murty at Capital Book Depot, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Sikander Singh/HT)

Infosys Foundation chairperson and author Sudha Murty visited a book store in Chandigarh to see how her books were doing in the city on Monday.

“I am on a tour from past one week. Firstly I was in Pune for the release of my book in Marathi and English. Now I am coming from Jaipur Literature Festival. Since I was in a book signing mode, I wanted to see how my books were doing in Chandigarh,” Murty said.Murty has authored books such as – The Serpent’s Revenge and How I Taught My Grandmother to Read.

On reading habits

When asked how parents can inculcate reading habits among children, she said, “First parents should read. I am very particular about that. How can you tell your child to read, when you don’t?”

She further said, “There are only 26 alphabets and combination of these letters makes words, combination of words makes sentences and combination of sentences makes a book. That book can bring happiness in your life.”

While encouraging city residents to read books Murty said, “Reading is one of the most beautiful habits. The more we read, the more we will understand about others. Books are one of the best sources of knowledge. If you don’t read, you are really missing something in your life.”

She said, “This lesson should be given to children through elders. Restrict television and discuss books with your children.” She told young mothers, “You have to calculate your time like money. You need to be very specific about what you do. The amount of time you spend with your children and what you teach them is very important. Enjoy your time with children when they are young, they will not need you later.”

Current work

Murty while talking about her current work on a mythological series said, “I have started this series for my daughter Akshata. The idea came up when I sent Bhagavata to my daughter for reading so she could pass on the knowledge to my granddaughters. But she found it difficult to read and asked me if I can write a book for young parents who can understand the literature in a simple way.”

presently she has finished writing all the five books in the series. The first two books - ‘The Serpent’s Revenge’ and ‘The Man from the Egg’ are already out in the market.

The third book ‘Unusual stories from Rama and Krishna’ will be released this year and the other two books ‘Women Mythology’ and ‘Miscellaneous’ will come next year.

Quit shopping in 1995

“I went to Kashi once and there you are supposed to give up something you like the most. Like most women, I liked shopping, so I gave it up,” she said.

Murty further said, “But it has not affected me. On the contrary, I have become free now. There is an exception for things such as food items, books, music, medicines and other essentials. But I have not bought any saree or jewellery since then. Some of my sarees are more than 30 years old.”

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 12:42 IST