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Why Narayana Murthy Was Considered Her “Bonus Dad” by Akshata Murty

<p>Last year, co-founder of Infosys Narayana Murthy caused a sensation when he proposed that Indian workers should put in seventy hours a week at work. The 77-year-old millionaire spoke about how he often worked almost 12 hours during Infosys’ early years. Now, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s book “An Uncommon Love: The Early Life of Sudha and Narayana Murthy” has shown how difficult it was for Murthy’s family to deal with his extended absences from work, particularly during the formative years of his son Rohan and daughter Akshata. The 352-page book describes how, due to the high expense of phone calls to the US at the time (Rs 32 per minute), Murthy’s children would go weeks without hearing his voice while he was employed in the US.</p>
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<p>The sacrifice made by Murthy’s immediate family is described in the book by Divakaruni as follows: “Entrepreneurship has a human cost, and it is the entrepreneur’s family that pays it.”</p>
<p>According to a book extract that appeared in the Times of India, one day, Rohan and Akshata overheard their mother talking to an Infosys board member, who said that their father put the business before his family. Rohan and Akshata approached their father after seeing that their mother had failed to rebuke the board member. “Who do you love more—me and Akshata, or Infosys?” Rohan questioned Murthy directly. Although Murthy told his children that they were his greatest affection, he said that “neither Rohan nor Akshata was convinced.”</p>
<p>At Infosys’ foundation anniversary, Murthy went all out, while other family gatherings, including birthdays, were more subdued. According to the book sample, Akshata referred to her father as a “bonus dad” and her grandpa as her “real dad” when she was a child. “Someone who appeared at infrequent moments and tried to make up for his absence with fun activities,” was how she put it.</p>
<p>It’s possible that Rohan’s father’s absence made him act “naughtily,” but Akshata was “quieter and more withdrawn until she entered her teenage years.” Sudha Murty wrote and concentrated on the Infosys Foundation as a way to cope with her loneliness.</p>
<p>According to the book, “Sudha would sometimes ask herself whether she would have been content with a guy who was content with a nine-to-five paid work, even if it meant he spent every evening at home with me? The response was consistently a resounding no. Sudha was aware that her decision to wed Murthy was the correct one.</p>

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