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Bengaluru, Dec 15 (UiTV/IANS) – Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy cleaned the bathroom for his roommates after he took a bath at 4.30 a.m., and took out a aching tooth himself to prepare and deliver a presentation, while CEO and MD S.D. Shibulal stayed back at office for more than two days and used the office bathroom to take a bath.
These are some of the moments recollected by founders of Infosys at an event organized to commemorate completion of 40 years of Indian IT giant at its Bengaluru headquarters in Electronics City on Wednesday.
K. Dinesh, Co-founder of Infosys, recollected the statement of Albert Einstein that try not to become man of success, but man of values as he said that the required foundation was laid for Infosys.
Recollecting an untold story of beginning days, he recalled: “We had one project in France in 1990. I was leading the team, Narayana Murthy, Pralhad got an apartment. I was the project leader.
“I observed Murthy not sleeping well. When I inquired, I found our ‘jugalbandi’ of snoring was troubling him. He was given a separate room. He would get up at 4 a.m. and take a bath. He would finish by 4.30 am. After taking a bath, he would clean up the entire bathroom for others. This is how he respected colleagues.
“Those who went late to the office cooked food for everyone and those who came late would wash utensils and clean the house.”
About the commitment, Narayana Murthy recollected that once he had asked Shibulal not to go home until he finished a certain task. “Two days later, I went out with my wife Sudha Murthy and while going back home thought of visiting our office late at night.
“It was a long corridor and a person was leaning on the chair and engaged in work. I asked the security guard who that man was. The guard told me that he is an unfortunate guy. I asked him why he was unfortunate.
“The guard said that he is Shibulal and he had got a very bad boss. The guard further stated that his wife is bringing him food for two days. When I went to Shibulal and asked him why he did not go home, he told me that I had asked him not to go home until he finished his work. He also told me that he had only used the office bathroom for taking the bath.”
Narayana Murthy also recollected another incident of plucking out a tooth with a pair of cutting pliers to get rid of excruciating pain in Toronto in 1999 only to make an impactful presentation.
“It was a presentation to one of the important investors in Toronto. Due to excruciating pain in the tooth, I was not able to make the better presentation. My teammates were disappointed.
“I bought a cutting plier at 2 am. Prayed to the god and I pulled it up. I knew that there could be loss of eyesight, loss of hearing, and still I did it. Five minutes later I went blank. It was all dark inside me. I thought I was finished.
“Slowly the sight came back and I became normal. From 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., I practiced and did 14 presentations from morning to night. My teammates asked me what has happened to me to bounce back to give such a good presentation. Faith is very important,” he said.
Narayana Murthy further stated that the founders had a long discussion in a one bedroom apartment in July, 1981 on what is that everyone should come together for? How to move forward?
“Finally, it was decided that seeking respect from every stakeholder, democratisation of wealth which had not happened in the country in 1980s. We wanted to demonstrate to the world the highest level of governance,” he stated.
Infosys aims to create India different from 20th century model: Narayana Murthy
IT giant Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said on Wednesday that the company aims to create an India which would be different from the 20th century model.
Speaking on the occasion to mark the completion of 40 years of Infosys, Murthy said: “When you build an organisation, you are building industry and also building a country. We wanted to create unique opportunities for the middle class.
“There are issues of climate change, inequality, affordability and innovations are only centred on catering to 10 per cent of the population. Ours is a different experiment and different model,” he said.
Murthy said “we want to be a company that moves on to 100 years. The oldest company in the world is about 215 years old. Infosys has to flourish for at least 100 years”.
Talking about the current challenges, Murthy stated the present leadership of Infosys will face a big dilemma, a big question of corporate life.
“They will have to think whether their decisions are going to make their grandchildren proud? Will I be able to earn the respect of all stakeholders… 20 to 30 years down the lane?”
Talking about the crisis and the way ahead for Infosys, Murthy said: “During the challenging times, your aspiration and determination will be tested. You think of 350,000 jobs, their families, children, those are the issues which give strength to face challenges.”
“I never participated in religious rituals during work. At home, I am a religious person. There is a realm of logic. I realise there is a realm of faith which transcends logic. In certain situations, the realm of faith gives confidence and it is much more important,” he said.