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January 25, 2015

Zee JLF Conversations: Sudha Murty

Text by Nittal Chandarana

“If you’re not sensitive, you can’t write. If you’re always cozy, you can’t write great work.”

Verve speaks to author and chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murty

On writing and working simultaneously
“Both happened side by side. I used to enjoy writing and I continue to do so.”

On setting up Infosys and its tremendous growth
“I never conceived Infosys will be that great. We are very lucky, and it’s nice to see that.”

On writing
“When my experiences come to the peak level, and I cannot hold them, I start writing.”

On reading
“I read every day. When I was young, I used to prefer fiction, but nowadays I like non-fiction better. There is no end in non-fiction, for real life is stranger than imagination!”

On favourite authors
“I like different people at different times. When I was young, I used to like Georg Mikes, PG Wodehouse, Kannada writer Triveni, but I prefer English authors (from England). I don’t know why, I somehow really like their writing.”

Advice for aspiring writers
“You should always read a lot. You should become sensitive to the environment. Only such people can write. If you’re not sensitive, you can’t write. You should read a lot, experience a lot, you should have some difficulties. If you’re always cozy, you can’t write great work. You must always go on improving yourself. “

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