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Narayana Murthy’s Uncommon Fatherhood: Insights from ‘An Uncommon Love’ Biography

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The published biography, ‘An Uncommon Love: The Early Life of Sudha and Narayana Murthy,’ delves into the intriguing anecdotes of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy.

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One of the captivating revelations from the book is Akshata Murty, daughter of Sudha and Narayana Murthy, considering her grandfather as her “real dad” and Narayana Murthy as her “bonus dad.”

In the biography, Akshata Murty, described as the ‘quiet one’ between her and sibling Rohan Murty, expressed how her father, Narayana Murthy, was often occupied with work. To compensate for his intermittent presence, Narayana Murthy engaged in enjoyable activities with his children. The book explores the challenges of raising Akshata and Rohan alongside building Infosys, India’s second-largest IT firm, with Sudha Murty taking on a significant parenting role.

An excerpt published by Times of India reveals a moment when Akshata Murty confronted Narayana Murthy about his work-life balance. Rohan Murty also questioned his father about love, asking whether Narayana Murthy loved Infosys more than his own children. The response, “Of course, I love you both the most,” showcases the complexity of balancing familial and professional commitments.

The biography also sheds light on Narayana Murthy’s early struggles, including an incident where a US client made him sleep on a box in a storeroom during a work visit. In a recent interview, Narayana Murthy expressed regret about not involving wife Sudha Murty in Infosys, despite her significant contribution to the seed capital and being more qualified than the initial employees.

Sudha Murty’s pivotal role in contributing ₹10,000 to Infosys’ seed capital, alongside the first seven employees, has been highlighted.

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The biography, authored by Indian-American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, narrates the early years of Sudha and Narayana Murthy’s lives, covering their courtship, founding Infosys, marriage, and parenthood. It offers readers a comprehensive glimpse into the fascinating journey of this iconic couple.

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