konnect Issue-date: 30th September, 2019.


Mrs. Sudha Murthy
Chairperson, Infosys Foundation,
Writer (Kannada,Marathi and English)

“Suddenly Yudhisthira saw a yaksha approaching him. The being sat in front of him and began firing questions rapidly at him.

What is bigger than the Earth? the yaksha asked.

"A mother" replied Yudhisthira.

What is taller than the sky?

"A father"

What is faster than the wind?

"The mind , of course". Yudhisthira smiled.

What grows faster than hay?


What is the greatest dharma in the world? queried the yaksha

"Compassion and conscience"

What is the secret to never feeling unhappy?

"If one can control his or her mind, then that person will never feel sad"

The yaksha increase his pace now.
What is the greatest kind of wealth.
What is the greatest kind of profit?

What is the greatest kind of happiness?

"Contentment" said Yudhisthira, ever prompt with his replies.

What is man's worst enemy?


What disease will never have a cure?

"Greed is incurable"

The yaksha smiled again. A last question my friend. What is life's biggest irony?

"It is the desire to live eternally. Every day, we encounter people dying but we always think that death will never come to us.”

Source : The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata by Mrs. Sudha Murthy


“A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people” by Mahatma Gandhi (1968). “The Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi: The voice of truth”


“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality”, by Albert Einstein Letter to Heinrich Zangger (1917), as quoted in "Albert Einstein: A Biography" by Albrecht Fölsing, (p. 399), 1997.