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Lessons from life

THE TAMIL translation — Anubhavangal Thantha Paadangal— of the work in English Wise & Otherwise authored by Sudha Murty, chairperson, Infosys Foundation, was released at a function in Chennai this past week.

The book has been translated into Tamil by Charukesi.

Ms. Murty who came from Bangalore, especially for the launch, was the chief guest. She said all the 51 episodes were real life incidents, which revealed facets of human life and behaviour.

The book has been translated into almost all the Indian languages, except Kannada, she said to the amusement of the audience. With the projects of Infosys Foundation, necessitating a great deal of travel, she confessed, she had no time to bring out the book in her own mother tongue!

G.V. Raman, executive chairman, Shriram Group Companies, who released the book, praised the author for her compassion and emphasised the role of corporate houses in reaching out and bringing succour to the have-nots.

Seetha Ravi, editor, Kalki, lauded the author for her concern for the poor and needy, adding that the way she had narrated her experiences was touching.

"If only our universities could prescribe such books, the younger generation would certainly benefit," she said.

Meikandadevan, IAS, whose address was laced with punch and humour, said many lessons in life could be learnt from the episodes in the book.

He complimented Charukesi for his easy-flowing Tamil translation

While Masilamani of Kalaignan Pathippagam, publishers of the book, welcomed the gathering, noted vocalist Vijay Siva rendered the invocation.

Ranimaindan, compered the proceedings, and Charukesi, proposed a vote of thanks. Incidentally, the entire royalty from the sale of the book will be donated to the Jadhavji Educational Society, Belgaum, which is involved in supporting underprivileged children.

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