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The Entrepreneurial Tycoon Narayana Murthy's Luckiest Day

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As he writes in his book Life Lessons from Narayana Murthy, in 1974 while travelling through Europe, he was hitch-hiking his way from Paris all the way to his hometown Mysore. Due to some unlucky circumstances he was stuck in the Yugoslavian border without any money or food to eat and somehow managed to hitch a drop till Nis railway station. Soon after boarding the Sofia express in the night, he struck a conversation with a French girl who was his only companion in the compartment apart from a young boy. Discussing about the hardships in an iron curtain nation, they were arrested by the local policeman and dragged into small and dark cells for talking against the communist government. With a hard stone cold floor and no basic facilities like toilet, Narayana was confined in the room for 72 hours without food, water and his entire luggage confiscated.

Narayana Murthy writes in his book, “I had lost all hope of ever seeing the outside world again, when the door opened. I was again dragged out unceremoniously, locked up in the guard’s compartment on a departing freight train and told that I would be released 20 hours later upon reaching Istanbul. The guard’s final words still ring in my ears –‘You are from a friendly country called India and that is why we are letting you go!’ “

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Reader's comments(5)
1: What happened to the girl along with Narayana Murthy. Iam sure she also has a story to tell
Posted by:vinay kumar - 06 Jul, 2012
2: Very Brave Narayana Murthyji. Not many people make it public the unpleasant and harsh things in life. Life is full of ups and downs and like a kite one should rise against the wind.

In 1990 I was traveling by Train(Eu rail Pass) from Germany to Italy. I had VISA to Germany and Italy. Just before the border station in Austria a Police entered our Compartment and asked my Passport. I readilily gave him. He said that I don';t have VISA to Austria and as such I cannot pass through Austria on Land. He asked me whether I have money. I replied yes. Then he asked me to accompany him to the station where there is a Visa issuing section. I paid the Visa fee and came back to the compartment to continue the journey. Al through I was afraid of my Luggage in the train as I moved to the Station along with the police. What is interesting is that the Austrian Police does not speak English at all He was saying PASSPORT!

Narayana Murthy Garu ,You are a role model to many. Long live Narayana Murthy.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
Posted by:Anumakonda - 28 Jun, 2012
brilliant.... u are as brave as narayan murthy... but what happened at last?
kumar Replied to: Anumakonda - 28 Jun, 2012
4: Yea!!!! Indian and I am proud
Posted by:rob - 28 Jun, 2012
5: Very inspiring story.. hats off
Posted by:raman - 28 Jun, 2012