Youth should imbibe habits of hard work, compassion, and pride in our culture: Sudha Murty
Chandigarh, November 21, 2020: Simple, pure, and grounded what Sudha Murty portrayed in her conversation as the second day of the Literati 2020 opened today while she conversed with motivational speaker and author Vivek Atray.
She celebrated her deep love and empathy for the people at the grassroots, especially the downtrodden and the underprivileged that she said was her only purpose in life and the source of her great satisfaction and happiness.
“The greatest need and the most difficult thing to achieve in today’s life and the human beings is the ability to understand another human being”, she said.
The best medicine, she said, and about which she writes in one of the chapters in her latest book, “Grandparents Bag of Stories” is a genuinely affectionate and compassionate hug to an individual in need is what is required in this world.
Sudha Murty has been writing primarily in her local language Kannada, which according to her, could connect her to the people of that part of the country where she had grown up, learned the cultural nuances, and enjoyed the rich tapestry of life.
"All my writings are for the common people and not the rich ones because I’m so deeply connected with them even though my work in Infosys Foundation,” she remarked.
Talking about the role of women in society, she said that it would remain the only way to perpetuate the cultural richness, the values, our traditions, and customs to the next generation which is possible only if the mothers themselves learn more about and practice them.
She advised that the younger generation has a great future ahead of them they must imbibe the highest of work ethics, learn to do hard work, and acquire new skills, be proud of your country, and engage themselves in doing community work by putting in whatever time, effort and money they can contribute, which can only make them successful and happy.
“My happiness is not in any material acquisition but working for the people in need which keeps me joyous and nothing worries or disturbs me since I understand life is transient,” she added.
She emphasized that even though India has faced many historically significant upheavals that impacted the lives of people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds starting with the partition, they have failed to learn any lessons.
“Though the current year taught us to live frugally and learn from the fragility of life, people have unfortunately failed to learn to be compassionate, more caring, and tolerant, fanned by misinformation and illogical campaigns on social media," she added.