Introduction

This passage is a selection of Sudha Murthy’s stories “How I taught my grandmother to read and other stories”. In this passage, Sudha Murthy, wife of Narayan Murthy, gives a picture of the life history of her husband and how he became the symbol of victory over difficulties and adversities. She says that he was short but sharp. He was the brightest boy in the class is whenever even his seniors got doubts or difficulties, they used to ask Murthy for help. Murthy will be seen glow in his eyes when he was asked a question related to Physics and Mathematics, He got such a talent and interest in these two subjects.

Summary

Narayana Murthy’s Childhood

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy is the founder of Infosys, a leading IT company in the world. He is an icon of simplicity, uncompromising quality, and fairness, apart from being a philanthropist. He believes in the motto, ‘Powered by the intellect and driven by values.’

As a school student, Narayana Murthy was the brightest boy in his class. He could solve the most difficult problems which were very hard for his seniors. He came from a poor but educated family. His father was a high-school teacher. Like all other students, Narayana Murthy wanted to get admission to the IIT. He appeared for the entrance test and did well. He always dreamt of studying at IIT. He was thrilled to know that he had passed the test with a high rank.

Poverty is not a barrier to becoming successful

When Narayana Murthy told his father that he wanted to join IIT, his father reminded him of their poverty. Murthy’s father advised him to stay in Mysore and study as much as he wanted. His father was very sad to say this. Murthy was disappointed and his heart sank in sorrow. He was an introvert so he never shared his sorrowfulness or helplessness with anybody.

When his classmates were leaving for Madras, Murthy went to the station to say goodbye to them. Though they were all excited and talking loudly, Murthy remained silent. He wished them and they waved at him as the train slowly left the platform. Even after the train had left, he stood there motionless. He believed that he only could change his life through hard work. He unknowingly followed “Your best friend is yourself and your worst enemy is yourself”, the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. With great determination, Narayana Murthy reached great heights in his life. He proved that it was possible to earn wealth legally and ethically.

Conclusion

According to Narayana Murthy, it is not the institution but it is you and you alone who can change your life. We are the only ones who can steer our life in the right direction, that happens only through hard work. Murthy feels that only a man can change his life through hard work. One’s hard work takes one to great heights in one’s life. He strongly believes in his own capability.