Revealing her love to analyse all kinds of films and writing down their good and bad aspects including separate comments on direction, editing and music scores, social worker and writer Sudha Murthy said on Sunday that if not an engineer, a professor or an author, she would have been a film critic.
The Infosys Foundation Chairperson was speaking at the “Yours Truly” session of the third Pune International Literary Festival at Yashada on Baner Road.
Her audience included people of all ages. Murthy, interviewed by Geeta Hosmane, took the spectators down the memory lane, narrating the incidents that shaped her life as a writer and as a person.
At the beginning of the session, speaking in fluent Marathi, the writer confessed her love for the city adding that it holds a special place in her mind as well as her heart. Answering how her journey as a writer started at the age of nine, Murthy said, “Coming from a middle-class background of Northern Karnataka, where good education was the only insurance policy, I started reading and writing very early. My parents and grandparents supported me. My mother encouraged me to write small essays after visiting the monuments in the city. Professionally, my first book came out at the age of 29, where I wrote about my experiences of backpacking in US on a frugal budget.”
Murthy added that though she liked to read some authors in her growing age, none of them influenced or inspired her to write. In fact, writing came to her as a result of being a sensitive person.
“People often ask me how I get so many unique experiences while they get none. I tell them the difference is in the sensitivity. I can observe those small emotions, which may look trivial to others. I had recently enrolled myself in a professional creative writing course to see if I was missing anything, however, it didn’t work out for me,” said Murthy jokingly.
Over the years, Murthy believes, her philosophy has changed drastically and she would write her previously
written books in a different manner now.
“I can assuringly say that I have seen more poverty than anyone else in this room. I have seen children sold for Rs 5,000. I have met a woman who didn’t have even a piece of cloth to cover herself. That India is different from what we perceive as India. Those experiences have impacted my writings,” said Murthy.
Taking inspiration from American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who first dreamt of starting a library in each village of US, Murthy said that she has given nearly 60,000 library books in Karnataka alone.
“Thanks to the internet, everyone has access to information today. We are equal there. What separates old from the young is experience and patience,” Murthy concluded.