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Sudha Murthy on why writing for children is a challenge

Ankita Shukla | Last Modified - Mar 19, 2013, 04:47 PM IST

Sudha Murthy on why writing for children is a challenge
  • Sudha Murthy on why writing for children is a challenge
    Sudha Murthy on why writing for children is a challenge

    She discusses birds and bees as easily as she discusses the computer peripherals. Guess Sudha Murthy's technical education (she began her career as a computer scientist and engineer) hasn't hindered her from keeping in touch with the ground realities. The same, is clearly visible in her writings, which might be mix of drama, reality and fantasy, yet are the simplest tell tales one will ever come across.

    The head of one of the biggest foundations catering to the society- the Infosys Foundation and a social activist, the super busy Mrs Narayan Murthy still finds time to pick up the pen to jot down what she calls "random thoughts" to pen the most beautiful stories ever. And, the lady who's given us literary greats like Dollar Bahu, How I Taught My Grandmother, Gently Falls The Bakula, The Magic Drum and other stories still calls children's books as as her first love.

    The humble activist and author came down to the capital to be part of an interaction with literary legend Ruskin Bond and book lovers, at the Spring Fever Festival by Penguin India, where the duo discussed the challenges which come along writing for children.

    Sudha, who confessed that she reads people rather than reading books. "Every person is a book, I study people. Though I don't analyse people, I record my interactions with people, which inspire me," said the author.

    The writer, who read out a few excerpts from her book 'Dollar Bahu' and has authored a handful of books for children, opened up about how difficult it was becoming to pen down books for children as kids of this generation have easy access to information.

    The session, which was titled 'Friends from small places' saw Sudha reinforcing the fact that "simplicity" is the key when it comes to writing for children. Murthy also said that one needs to understand "today's children" as they are "tech savvy children" with "no dearth of information or knowledge".

    The writer also added by sharing a few tips with wannabe writers. Sudha claimed that writing was a free medium and one can't write for the heck of writing. "Writing is a flowing river and not a project, which is not bound by anything. It is a creative joy and I write it because I enjoy it and don't write for the heck of it," said Sudha.

    "I don't like talking to anyone when I am writing a book. Even a phone call disturbs me," concluded Sudha.

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