Sudha Murty was born in 1950, into a Deshastha Madhva Brahmin family. She received her early education in the United States. Her father, R. H. Kulkarni, was well-known in the Pune, India, community. She has stated that this connection was significant in her development:
Sudha Murty began her career in computer science and engineering. She is an active member of the Gate Foundation and chairman of the Infosys Foundation in Karnataka, a non-profit organisation. She is also chairman of the Infosys Foundation in Madurai. A prolific writer, she has written more than 30 books, including novels, travelogues, technical books, collections of short stories and non-fiction pieces, and bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all major Indian languages. She was awarded the R. K. Narayan Award for Literature in 2006 and the Padma Shri in 2006. She received the Attimabbe Award for Excellence in Kannada Language Writing in 2011.
In 1987 Murty completed a book, Daman, about the life and career of the 19th century guitarist Daman Masood, which was published by Penguin in India. In 1991, after her divorce, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which led to her writing several children's books, including Light Me a Candle (1994) and Light Me a Scroll (1997).
\"The feeling of belonging that I got from the [Deshastha Madhva Brahmin] family in India meant a great deal to me,\" she said. \"If I had not been brought up by my parents, I wouldn’t have felt so much of a part of this world.\" Sudha reportedly wrote her first book, How I Taught My Grandmother to Read, Wise and Otherwise and Other Stories, at the age of 16. 7211a4ac4a