Murthy & Manju are M #AtoZChallenge

 As we have moved through the alphabets I have realized that a lot of women authors have done an amazing job of putting the Indian women writers on the world map. For the alphabet M, there are two women whom I feel are definitely worth your time and a must read. Sudha Murty needs no introduction with her many books on a variety of topics. The next author is Manju Kapur and I can vouch for her writing and skill along with the many awards she has won. I read “Difficult Daughters” and it has stayed with me since.
Women writing about women with such finesse and compassion are worth spending your time on.

Sudha Murthy  is an Indian social worker and writer in the Kannada and English languages. Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation. She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities, and established the ‘The Murty Classical Library of India’ at Harvard University. Murthy initiated a bold move to introduce computer and library facilities in all schools in Karnataka & taught computer science. Murthy is best known for her social work and her plethora of stories. Dollar Sose (English: Dollar Daughter-in-Law), a novel originally authored by her in Kannada and later translated into English as Dollar Bahu, was adapted as a televised dramatic series by Zee TV in 2001.

Her books are both in Kannada and English.
Samanyaralli Asamanyaru
Kaveri Inda Mekaangige
Guttondu Heluve
Manada Matu
Dollar Sose
Makkaligagi – Nanna Mechina Kathegalu (Children stories)
Hakkiya Teradalli (Travelogue)
Shalamakkaligagi Computer
Sukeshini Mattu Itara Makkala Kathegalu
Computer Lokadalli
How I Taught My Grandmother To Read(Children stories)
Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
The Old Man And His God: Discovering the Spirit of India
The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk
Wise & Otherwise
Gently Falls The Bakula
The Accolades Galore
The Bird with Golden Wings: Stories of Wit and Magic
Dollar Bahu
Grandma’s Bag Of Stories (Children’s fiction)
The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories (Children stories)
House of Cards
The Mother I Never Knew (Two Novellas)
Bird With Golden Wings Stories Of Wit & Magic
A Journey Through The Desert

Manju Kapur’s  first novel, Difficult Daughters, won the 1999 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Europe and South Asia.   Her first, Difficult Daughters, won the Commonwealth Prize for First Novels (Eurasia Section) and was a number one bestseller in India. Her second novel A Married Woman was called ‘fluent and witty’ in the Independent, while her third, Home, was described as ‘glistening with detail and emotional acuity’ in the Sunday Times. Her most recent novel, The Immigrant, has been longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She teaches English at Delhi University under the name Manjul Kapur Dalmia. She studied and received an M.A. in 1972 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and an M. Phil from Delhi University.
Books :
Difficult Daughters, Penguin India, 1998; Faber and Faber, 1998, ISBN 978-0-571-19289-2
A Married Woman, India Ink, 2003; Faber and Faber, 2003, ISBN 978-0-571-21568-3
Home, Random House India, 2006, ISBN 978-81-8400-000-9; Faber and Faber, 2006, ISBN 978-0-571-22841-6
The Immigrant, Random House, India, 2008, ISBN 978-81-8400-048-1; Faber And Faber, 2009, ISBN 978-0-571-24407-2
Custody, Faber & Faber, 2011, ISBN 978-0-571-27402-4
“Shaping the World: Women Writers on Themselves”, ed. Manju Kapur, Hay House India, 2014.

So here are my choices for M, Which is your favorite? 
I am writing about INCREDIBLE INDIAN AUTHORS for the A to Z Challenge 2015.
Author bio from respective websites and wikipedia. 

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