"Sudha Murty is ‘an inventor … a leader – because she is inventing the future of those at the fringes of survival in India, slowly changing their what-is, to what-could-be. She took on the challenge to think back from what might be to what can be done now and charted an ambitious path forward that refused to settle for small improvements ... towards the making of a future that is not merely an increment of the present but transformative. That to me is the very essence of great leadership." - Vishal Sikka
Creating history comes naturally to her,to the point thatSudhaMurty, is almost nonchalant about it. As an engineering graduate and a gold medallist, she had been the only woman student on two successive all-male campuses. It must have been irony that had brought to this young woman’s notice, a TELCO job ad with the words Lady candidates need not apply written on it. What followed was a historic letter to JRD Tata on gender equality, a job offered, taken and history created.
Hers has been a unique life lived on her own terms. Sudha funded her husband, NR Narayana Murthy’s dream tech start-up, Infosys, but didn’t work there despite being the most qualified person on the venture and instead focussed her energieson raising their children. Today, a philanthropist who works relentlessly at the grassroots, a prolific writer with several bestsellers to her credit and a champion of the Kannadiga culture – SudhaMurty’s world encompasses several universes all at once.
"The greatest difficulty in having money is to teach your children its value. Even today, I think twice about spending on a rickshaw if I can walk instead. I cannot expect my children to do the same because they have seen wealth from a young age, but as parents, we lead by example" - Sudha Murty