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A Woman’s Ritual

A Woman’s Ritual

(Penguin Petit)

Sudha Murty
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Shraddha is a ritual where once a year, three generations of elders who have passed away are venerated by their loved ones. When Sudha Murthy went to perform the shraddha for her father, she was turned away, because she was a woman. “No woman has ever performed this ritual,” the pandit said.

Sudha Murty questions the importance of meaningless ritual while still being devoted to tradition – what does it mean to be a religious woman in the 21st century? A searching and powerful piece on reaching a balance between old and the new as a woman.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jan/2017

Length : 10 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

A Woman’s Ritual

(Penguin Petit)

Sudha Murty

Shraddha is a ritual where once a year, three generations of elders who have passed away are venerated by their loved ones. When Sudha Murthy went to perform the shraddha for her father, she was turned away, because she was a woman. “No woman has ever performed this ritual,” the pandit said.

Sudha Murty questions the importance of meaningless ritual while still being devoted to tradition – what does it mean to be a religious woman in the 21st century? A searching and powerful piece on reaching a balance between old and the new as a woman.

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Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fiction pieces, and six bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty is the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature (2006), the Padma Shri (2006) and the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature (2011).

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