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Sudha Murthy Supports Narayan Murthy’s Call for 70-Hour Workweek

The Murthy Duo Stirs Controversy with Work Ethic Advice

January 12, 2024: Renowned industrialist and Infosys co-founder, NR Narayanamurthy, has sparked a debate on work-life balance by urging the youth to commit to a 70-hour workweek for the nation’s progress. Speaking on the podcast ‘The Record’ with former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai, Narayanamurthy emphasized the need for intense dedication to compete with successful economies like Germany and Japan.

In response, Sudha Murthy, Narayanamurthy’s wife, echoed his sentiments in an interview, revealing that even at her age, she works over 70 hours a week. “You should enjoy your work. Be enthusiastic about your work. Then you will feel like work is on vacation,” she advised, aligning with her husband’s stance.

The call for a rigorous workweek has garnered mixed reactions on social media. Some criticized the advice, arguing that such demands could lead to burnout and affect work-life balance. One user suggested that working 70 hours straight out of college might negate the need for joining Infosys altogether. Others raised concerns about the impact on individuals managing both household responsibilities and jobs.

Comedian Veer Das injected humor into the debate, questioning the feasibility of a 70-hour workweek. He tweeted, “Life is so hard. You meet a girl, fall in love, get married, and the girl’s father wants you to work 70 hours. You can’t work so hard, you want to have fun, and then you run England.” Das playfully targeted Rishi Sunak, pointing out the challenges of maintaining relationships and personal time with such demanding schedules.

Furthermore, Das emphasized the need for balance, stating, “If commitment is expected in a relationship, then some intimacy has to be accepted.” This humorous take highlights the broader discussion surrounding the impact of long working hours on personal lives and relationships.

As Narayanamurthy’s advice continues to stir controversy, it prompts reflection on the evolving dynamics of work, life, and the pursuit of success in the modern era.


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