Book Reviews

Book Review : Wise and Otherwise

Name: Wise & Otherwise – A Salute to life
Author : Sudha Murthy
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Penguin India; Revised edition (2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0143062226
This book is a collection of 51 short stories from “real people real life incidents” across the country. These stories are enriched with morals and values necessary for survival. It was an eye-opening experience for me after reading this book. Many thought-provoking instances are shared by the author in this book. It was fun reading these stories but also it was making room for self-introspection to creep in my mind. The author has explained these morals in short parables which makes it interesting to read. It was never boring to read these short stories.
This book can cause a change in reader’s outlook towards people and society in which they are living. These stories make the reader see and realize the shortcomings in and around them which leaves him/her pondering about various societal issues. This book leaves a lasting impression in the minds of the readers.
There is a direct proportion to our thoughts and actions.This was emphasized in all these stories in common which makes the reader observe his/her thoughts, beliefs and actions in general. This is a highly recommended book for all those seeking to read inspiring stories from people across the country.
My favorite morals are from the below mentioned stories :
Woman with a mind, A Life with Dignity, Think Positive and Be Happy, Living through change and Sorry, the line is busy.
My favorite quotes are : “Yes, who says life is fair? Life is always unfair.  If you want, you can make it fair.” from Is life fair?
“Without making decisions, I would not gain experience.” from Woman with a Mind.
Life is a great teacher.” from Idealists at Twenty, Realists at Forty
About the Author
Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She is a prolific writer in Kannada and English. She was the recipient for R.K.Narayan’s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006. She has authored several books – How I taught my Grandmother to read; and Other stories, Three Thousand Stitches : Ordinary people Extraordianry lives, Stories of Wit and Magic, Grandma’s Bag of Stories, Dollar Sose to name a few.


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