Sudha Murty, the philanthropist and wife of Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, recently ran into a unique problem: people in the UK refuse to believe that she is the mother-in-law of their country's first Indian Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
Murty, also an acclaimed author, possesses a simple appearance that can often fool people.
During a recent episode of the Indian comedy show "The Kapil Sharma Show", Murty, 72, shared an anecdote about an immigration officer who did not believe her residential address when she wrote "10 Downing Street" on the form. According to media reports, 10 Downing Street is the official residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Sudha Murty's daughter Akshata is married to Rishi Sunak, who currently resides at 10 Downing Street.
"I once went there and they asked for my residential address. 'Where are you going to stay in London?' I was with my older sister and I wondered whether to write '10 Downing Street'. My son also lives there (in the UK), but I couldn't remember his full address. However, I finally wrote 10 Downing Street," Murty recalled in the popular program.
The immigration officer scrutinized her in disbelief and asked, "Are you kidding me?" To which she replied, "No, I'm telling you the truth" in Hindi, saying, "Nahi, sachchi bolti hu."
Who is Sudha Murthy
Sudha Murty, a renowned author and philanthropist, holds a prominent position in India due to her significant contributions in various domains. She married N. R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, and is currently the esteemed president of the Infosys Foundation.
Beginning her career in computer science and engineering, Sudha Murty has since had a profound impact on the realms of philanthropy and literature. The Government of India honored her with the esteemed Padma Shri Award in 2006 to recognize her outstanding social work.
Sudha Murty's philanthropic initiatives have left a lasting impression on society. She established orphanages, was active in rural development projects and played a key role in equipping Karnataka's public schools with computers and libraries. She has been involved in the Gates Foundation's public health programs.
In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Sudha Murty is a prolific author who has made notable contributions to Kannada and English literature. Her insightful storytelling has captivated readers.
Notably, Zee TV adapted Sudha Murty's novel "Dollar Bahu" into a TV series, and the Marathi film "Pitruroon" was inspired by his story "Runa". Sudha Murty has garnered widespread acclaim for her accomplishments, establishing herself as an award-winning author and compassionate philanthropist.
Her unwavering dedication to her social welfare and her impactful contributions to literature continue to inspire and bring about positive change in the lives of many.
Social Media reaction
Twitter is buzzing with the hashtag "Sudha Murthy Is So Simple" as netizens express their admiration for Sudha Murthy's simplicity.
A user wrote ''Sudha Murthy is so simple that she adopted the orphan crocodiles from the lake bal Narendra used to swim in."
"Sudha Murty is so humble that whenever an engineer at Infosys asks for a salary hike, she humbly refuses" another user wrote.
Another user wrote, "You forgot that Sudha Murthy is so simple she has an on hand photographer to supply proof of her simplicity wherever she goes Also, she wears sarees whereas we all know that other not so rich people walk around in diamond studded bikinis Please give full information".
"Sudha Murthy is so simple that once she asked an autowala " chaloge bhaiya ? ". He replied "aapko toh paidal jana chahiye behanji" another user tweeted.
Another user tweeted, "Sudha Murthy is so so so simple, Sabziwala asks her behanji baingan kya bhav hai".
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