Genre: Fictional Narrative
This was the first book written by Sudha Murty that I read. I love this book a lot and go back and read it nearly every year. This book has been very inspirational for me and it is a really nice book to read. This book contains 25 short stories and the main story in the book is How I Taught My Grandmother to Read. This is the author’s true story and is written really well. The author has even picked out anecdotes from her own life to present to the readers that shows them the forgotten values of life.
How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories is filled with heart touching tales varying from one kind of story to another. The main story talks about how the grandmother of the then twelve-year-old Sudha asks Sudha to teach her alphabets. Sudha Murty also talks about her encounter with J.R.D. Tata in this book.
Each of the twenty-five stories in the book provides some inspiration to its readers. The stories are presented in an effortless and humorous fashion. Sudha Murty recounts tales from her life in a simple yet engrossing manner. The stories range from her childhood to her life as a teacher and a mother. The book shows readers how her mother’s constant advice on saving money actually helped Sudha when she had to start a company with her husband. It also features a story where the protagonist takes a train ride with the President.
Other books by Sudha Murty include:
- The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk and Other Stories
- The Old Man and His God
- Wise and Otherwise (A Salute to Life)
- How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories
- Three Thousand Stitches
- The Mother I Never Knew
- House of Cards