How I Taught My Grand Mother to Read: And Other Stories

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This collection of short stories is an inspiring assortment of life s wisdom by the fiction writer Sudha Murthy. Though fictional, most of the stories have anecdotes from the author s personal life, especially her childhood.A young child receives an unusual request, which is to teach her grandmother how to read. Baffling at first, the experience of living and coming through this strange request changed the child s mind forever. This and various such profound experiences form the basis of How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories. What would you do if you knew you received more marks on your paper than you deserved? Would you take a strong stand against an even stronger authority if you feel discriminated? The book tackles such issues that mostly go unnoticed in today s world. It urges the reader to reconnect with his moral fiber through its stories on honesty, friendship, and patriotism. It dispenses valuable advice that can come only through a mother s fiercely loving heart. Sincerely narrated, these tales enliven an entire life s defining moments. One of the simple pleasures of the author s grandmother was listening to her granddaughter narrate the story of Kashi Yatre, a lady who sacrificed her life s savings to help out the needy, appearing in the weekly magazine Karmaveera. After the author comes back from a week-long vacation, she finds her grandmother in tears because she couldn t read her favourite stories and is saddened that she didn t go to school. She then asks her granddaughter to teach her how to read. Her grandma s strange request becomes the title of the book and the first short story in this anthology. Some of the other titles present in this collection include Abdul Kalam, The Red Rice Granary, Heart of Gold, The Rainy Day, Doing What You Like is Freedom, The Secret, and The Story of Two Doctors. Sudha Murthy s How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories has been translated into 15 languages. The first title in the anthology, How I Taught My Grandmother to Read has been included in the CBSE Class 9 English syllabus.

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A young child receives an unusual request, which is to teach her grandmother how to read. Baffling at first, the experience of living and coming through this strange request changed the child's mind forever. This and various such profound experiences form the basis of How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories. What would you do if you knew you received more marks on your paper than you deserved? Would you take a strong stand against an even stronger authority if you feel discriminated? The book tackles such issues that mostly go unnoticed in today's world. It urges the reader to reconnect with his moral fiber through its stories on honesty, friendship, and patriotism. It dispenses valuable advice that can come only through a mother's fiercely loving heart. Sincerely narrated, these tales enliven an entire life's defining moments. One of the simple pleasures of the author's grandmother was listening to her granddaughter narrate the story of Kashi Yatre, a lady who sacrificed her life's savings to help out the needy, appearing in the weekly magazine Karmaveera. After the author comes back from a week-long vacation, she finds her grandmother in tears because she couldn't read her favourite stories and is saddened that she didn't go to school. She then asks her granddaughter to teach her how to read. Her grandma's strange request becomes the title of the book and the first short story in this anthology. Some of the other titles present in this collection include Abdul Kalam, The Red Rice Granary, Heart of Gold, The Rainy Day, Doing What You Like is Freedom, The Secret, and The Story of Two Doctors. Sudha Murthy's How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories has been translated into 15 languages. The first title in the anthology, How I Taught My Grandmother to Read has been included in the CBSE Class 9 English syllabus.

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One may safely conclude that this rich harvest of stories, How I Taught My Grandmother and Other Stories is marked by fidelity to truth and beauty. Like a proverbial Indian sage, she overpowers the readers with her convincing view of life. All the stories are morally elevating and told with catholicity of stance towards life. The picture of grandmother, the pathetic story her teacher, her husband, Nayana Murthy's initial trials and financial stringency to come up in life, her variegated experiences in her classroom and the rest of her stories - 35 in all - make us wonder at the tender human being amalgamating all the diverse experiences in all the stories she harks back to past and takes us aloft with her. Each story has a liberal dose of morality about it and she deftly makes it an inalienable part of the story. In fact, they stories are hallowed in reality, is the impression one would get, even if you randomly take up a story. The cover picture is attractive and price is reasonably placed.I recommend this for all for young and old. --vupputuri pala prasada rao Sep 8, 2011

Actually,I read the story 'How I Taught My grandmother' in my English Textbook of Class10. Then I thought to buy this book,thinking that this book might have the full story 'How I Taught My grandmother'.But then I noticed It said 'and other stories'. Still I bought This book and started to read the book,every day I tread One story and every story taught me a lesson which I implemented in my daily life. After completing the book,I again wanted to revise all the lessons taught in the story-as I always do with other books-and Trust me Its double the fun reading the book twice. SO friends,do see right or left,just buy the book --Rohit Shekhawat Feb 15, 2015

very nice way of story telling...i simply loved each and every story. if you have any younger ones at house, they'll b delighted to listen these ...they're rich in moral values too... this book is like a treasure for generations to come... --deepak elavarthi Jan 9, 2012

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