Was Allowed to Study on 3 Conditions: Sudha Murthy on ‘KBC’ Finale

The episode will air on 29 November.

Published27 Nov 2019, 10:32 AM IST
2 min read

Kaun Banega Crorepati’s grand finale episode will air on 29 November and author and Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy is going to be the special guest on the quiz show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. In a teaser released by the network, Amitabh Bachchan can be seen praising Sudha Murthy before he introduces and welcomes her to the show.

Once she’s takes the sit opposite Bachchan, the latter starts talking about how Sudha Murthy had to fight against all odds to pursue a career in engineering. While talking about it she says,

“In 1968 I decided to be an engineer. My grandmother said that I can’t do that otherwise no one in our community would be able to get married. Everyone advised me against it but I decided to pursue it anyway. In my college, there were 599 boys and I was the only girl.”
Sudha Murthy

But that wasn’t all. Once she made it to the college, there was a whole other set of challenges to overcome. She adds, “My principal said that I would be given admission only on three conditions: that I would wear a saree; that I wouldn’t enter the canteen; and I wouldn’t talk to boys.”

Murthy’s response to these conditions was cheeky. She said, “I agreed to wear a sari. But the hospital canteen was so bad that I never felt like going there.” Coming to the third condition she said, “For one year I did not talk to the boys. Then when they saw that I was topping, they started speaking to me in my second year of college.”

Murthy also spoke about how the college did not have a ladies washroom and it made her realise the importance of toilets. “That’s why, as a part of Infosys Foundation, we built 16,000 toilets.”

She further shares anecdotes from her life and work as a philanthropist who has worked at grassroots level.

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