Feature Article: Uncommon Love Chronicles – Sudha and Narayana Murthy’s Extraordinary Journey

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Jaipur, 8th January 2024: The grandeur of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2024 is on the horizon, promising a five-day literary spectacle from February 1st to 5th at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur. Titled ‘the greatest literary show on earth,’ the 17th edition boasts a stellar lineup of over 250 distinguished writers, thinkers, and speakers from India and around the world.

Among the literary luminaries gracing the festival is acclaimed novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who is set to unveil the first-ever account of Sudha Murty and Narayana Murthy’s courtship, their early days of marriage, and the founding of Infosys. This groundbreaking narrative, titled “Uncommon Love: The Early Days of Sudha and Narayana Murthy,” stands out as the only book in which the Murthys actively participated, sharing their insights through intensive and in-depth interviews.

Divakaruni’s storytelling prowess brings to life the intimate details of the Murthys’ relationship, unraveling the untold stories from their childhood and youth. The narrative delves into the inspirational, traumatic, and human moments that shaped their characters, success, and philanthropy. This unique literary endeavor promises readers an enchanting journey through the personal and professional tapestry of one of India’s most iconic couples.

The book has already garnered early acclaim from notable figures, with Indra Nooyi describing it as “Amazing…Part business book, part romance novel,” Mukesh Ambani applauding its beauty, Twinkle Khanna finding it grippingly told, and Sachin Tendulkar deeming it inspiring.

Chitra Divakaruni shares her sentiments about the project, stating, “Writing this book was an amazing experience for me. I was privileged to spend in-depth time with the Murthys. Together we delved into never-told stories from their childhood and youth as well as the inspirational, traumatic, and human moments that shaped their characters, their success, and their philanthropy. I believe readers will be as fascinated as I was with the result.”

About Chitra Divakaruni:
Chitra Divakaruni, the accomplished author of 21 books, including Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Palace of Illusions, has left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. Her work, published in over 100 magazines and anthologies, has been translated into 30 languages. Recognized with numerous awards, including an American Book Award and a PEN Josephine Miles award, Divakaruni holds the McDavid professorship of Creative Writing in the globally acclaimed Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

“Uncommon Love: The Early Days of Sudha and Narayana Murthy” is slated for release on January 7th, 2024, promising readers an intimate glimpse into the extraordinary journey of a couple who not only shaped a successful business but also left an indelible mark on India’s philanthropic landscape.