The Old Man and His God

The Old Man and His God (English, Paperback, Murty Sudha)

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The Old Man and His God  (English, Paperback, Murty Sudha)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780144001019, 9780144001019
    • Pages: 144
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    Description

    The Old Man And His God is a collection of short stories by Sudha Murthy based on her own experiences as she encounters many different kinds of people in the course of her work.

    Summary Of The Book

    In the introduction to The Old Man And His God, the author says that she is often asked how such interesting incidents happen to her. Her answer is that these are ordinary incidents and encounters that occur in the life of everyone. It is just that many people do not observe and record them.

    The book contains stories that hold up a mirror to every characteristic of humanity, generosity, selfishness, greed, contentment, and ambition. These are tales of people’s behavior and reactions in ordinary circumstances and during crisis.

    She tells the story of a banyan tree in a remote village in Karnataka that gives shelter to travelers under its shade, and of the man who sits on a stone under the tree and lets passersby share the seat and their troubles with him, acting as a counselor to them, letting them unburden their worries on him for a while.

    There are stories of women trying to make a difference in the community against odds, of acts of selfishness and generosity in times of disaster, of young professionals and the attitudes that make some of them succeed in the corporate race.

    There is also the title story of an old couple in a small temple, who give the author shelter during a storm. They then refuse an offer of help from her, saying that they are happy with what they have, offering a lesson in contentment.

    As the author herself points out, the stories in The Old Man And His God are ordinary events that might happen to anyone. In her case, she is sensitive enough that they leave a lasting impression upon her and she learns from each of them. She also happens to be a good writer who shares these experiences with her readers.

    About Sudha Murthy

    Sudha Murthy is the chairman of Infosys Foundation.

    She has written numerous other books like Gently Falls The Bakula, Dollar Bahu, Wise and Otherwise, and How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories.

    Sudha Murthy, who holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from IISc, was the first female engineer to be hired by TELCO. She is active in many social causes. She has received the R. K. Narayan's Award for Literature and the Padma Shri. She is married to Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys.

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    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    A very good book worth reading.

    When we read sudhamurthy's stories we feel vaguely that we too had met those characters somewhere or the other in our lives.But we fail to observe them as we are engrossed in our own work.Very few people like her notice them and brings about the vibrant colours of human behaviour.A big thanks to the author .Each of her experiences gives the reader a valuable message.
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    VijayalakshmiBalajimohan

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    Excellent

    One of the best books I have read in a while. Simple writing, amazing real life stories, touches you right in the heart.
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    5

    Perfect product!

    Always liked sudha murthy. This one is a collection of stories. Simple, honest and truely Indian. Delivery was smooth. Book itself was well packed and pages are good.
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    PALLAVI KOTHE

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    Four Stars

    Quiet impressive... interesting 2 read the chapters as i go ahead bcoz of its simple & lucid language... very worthy as i expect !!!
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    A Travelogue of her real life Experiences

    I liked the sensitivities explored and experienced very vividly by the writer.Its a good read.It has the right mix of the various emotions that the writer goes through.The writing style is simple and succinct.
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    Venkataraman N H

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    A true Simple Writer n Her Experiences of Society

    this is a great book to read and to learn from true yet simple examples of Indian society & its deepness. This book is really to keep with you always. Another great work to define true Indians and their beliefs in simplicity. A good book to read.
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    VAIBHAV SRIVASTAVA

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    5

    Astounding

    What makes Sudha Murthy’s books astounding is the fact that all her stories are based on real life experiences and people. So the element of imagination is discarded and the element of surprise leaves one overwhelmed. Sudha is a writer and a social worker which makes her an amazing narrator of the stories lost in the rural part of India. In this book, Sudha has written about her encounter with hard hitting truth and real experiences which definitely leaves you pondering. The book is collectio...
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    Pooja Patel

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    worth reading

    very well written and has tried to explain every aspect of life's journey,the people we meet,the things which happens and those things which permenantly changes our attitude and makes us think twice...
    must read for all..
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    sanjay parekh

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    Jul, 2012

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    Just wow!

    simply , a great book of awesome stories 👌
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    Slice-of-life

    nother slice-of-the-life read by Sudha Murty...just love her style of reading...all the stories are straight from the heart and can be easily related to...she definitely is one of my top-authors! 2 of her books are pending and can't stop to start reading them!
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    Nishant Jha

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    Questions and Answers
    Q:Suitable for kids
    A:yes. The stories have good lessons of life.
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    Q:is this book for above 16 years
    A:for everyone who can understand the things what is moral above 10 also read this bookeven I improvise some of stories to my 5years kids so they can start to understand the life
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    Q:How many pages does this book have????
    A:Around 150
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    Q:Is it a whole novel or it contains small stories?
    A:It is a collection of real life stories.
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