Vastavam web: “Go and stand in the economy class queue. This line is for business class travelers,” a well-heeled lady told Sudha Murthy at the International Heathrow airport in London. The chairman of Infosys Foundation was at the airport wearing a salwar kameez, which perhaps made her a misfit in the queue in question. But, what eventually got Sudha’s goat was when she was called a“cattle-class person”. That was when the otherwise calm 66-year- old wife of industrialist Narayana Murthy decided to give her fellow traveler a piece of her mind. Taking from her personal experiences, Sudha, in her newbook ‘Three Thousand Stitches’, sheds light on some of the prevailing biases in the society. “Class does not mean huge possession of money.
Mother Teresa was a classy woman. So is Manjula Bhargava, a great mathematician of Indian origin.“The concept that you automatically gain class by acquiring money is an outdated thoughtpr ocess,” she writes in the book. She said she could have shown her boarding pass and cleared all doubts about her “class” in no time, but she waited to find out how, according to the lady, she was not befitting for business class standards.