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KBC Finale To Host Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty

Darpan News Desk IANS, 27 Nov, 2019

    The Amitabh Bachchan-helmed "Kaun Banega Crorepati" is known for welcoming achievers from all walks of life as contestants. The latest female achiever to be a part of the show is none other than Sudha Murty. The Infosys Foundation Chairperson has graced the hot seat in the finale episode of this seasons KBC.

     

    In the teaser, Ms Murthy begins by talking about being the only woman in a college of 599 men when she chose to study engineering in Hubli, Karnataka. She recalls that she was asked by the principal to wear only sarees, not go to the college canteen and not talk to the men in college when she joined.

     

    "I agreed to the first condition," she says in Hindi. "The canteen was so bad, I wouldn't have gone anyway," she says of the second condition, drawing chuckles from the audience.

     

    And as for the third condition of not talking to boys in college, Sudha Murthy had the best answer: "Ek saal nahi kiya. Doosre saal unko malum hua mujhe first rank mila, vahi humse baat karne aaye (I didn't talk to them for one year. In the second year, they got to know I got the first rank and came to talk to me themselves)," she says to laughter and applause.

     

    Ms Murthy also touches upon her work with Infosys Foundation in the five-minute-long teaser. She talks about how she worked for the Devadasi community, how she helped build 16,000 toilets through Infosys Foundation and more.

     

    Watch the video below:

     
     
     
     

    In the finale episode, Murty went down the memory lane and recalled how she had landed her first job in Telco, the organisation which at that time did not hire female employees.

     

    "It was March 1974, I was in my MTech final year when I came across a notice which stated - Telco requires bright, young engineers at a salary of Rs 1,500. This was big money at that time. But that notice followed with a line that said lady students need not apply. I was agitated! I took a postcard… addressed it to Mr. JRD Tata, TELCO, Mumbai and mailed it," Murty recalled, on the Sony TV quiz show.

     

    After writing a letter to JRD Tata asking for women engineers to be accepted in Telco, Murty was summoned for a job interview in Pune. That's how she became the first woman engineer to work in TELCO.

     

    Show host Amitabh Bachchan looked motivated on listening to her story. In fact, he was so moved that he took her autograph and even touched her feet.

     

    The Finale episode of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" airs on November 29.

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