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Book: Being Sheela

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“Being Sheela” a Biography Recently Published by Harper Collins

The critically acclaimed biography “Being Sheela: The Life Journey of an Immigration Attorney” has recently been released by Harper Collins.

What is “Being Sheela” about? It explores the life of a woman who has made it her purpose to strive for a better world. With insightful detours into her rather eventful growing-up years, it follows her journey from India to the United States, through law school at Harvard to the inception of what went on to become one of the most successful immigration law firms in the world – the Murthy Law Firm. The book takes a close look at a few out of the countless cases that Sheela and her dynamic legal team have handled over twenty-five years in the face of rapidly changing American attitudes towards immigrants. It highlights how one person’s vision and mission, working with a dedicated team, can transform lives. Lives not just in the thousands who work directly with her and the firm each year but in the millions of individuals and families who rely on the information, knowledge and wisdom shared through the website,

“Being Sheela” is about the human side of a successful professional, an immigrant and woman of color. Sheela feels that she is simply a vehicle to help people achieve their American dream of living and working in the U.S. This book will transport you, as you feel the highs and the lows, by seeing yourself through the eyes of those impacted. It is ironic that most from the outside see America as the land of limitless opportunities, yet so many in the U.S. do not feel that way.  Hopefully, this book will provide inspiration and motivation, not just for immigrants, but for all, to seek and find hope and opportunities to fulfill their dreams and to live life to its fullest potential.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, please consider the following suggested donation. The Foundation will send the book as a thank you gift for your generous contribution. For a donation of $25.00 you will receive a hard-bound copy as a gift and for $100.00, you will receive a hard-bound and signed copy as a gift. There are no additional shipping and handling charges.

100% of all proceeds will be donated to the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity and will be used for projects funded by the Foundation  to support causes and organizations both in the U.S. and India. A portion of your contribution is tax deductible. Please check with your accountant for details.

Click here to request a copy of the book.



Norte Dame University: March 30, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30PM ET. Women’s Business Institute for Leadership at Norte Dame University. Kick-off with Denise Koch, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor.  Link to register.

TiEDC: April 7, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET, Event organized and hosted by TiEDC, the world’s largest organization for entrepreneurs. Co-Hosts: Harvard Business School Club of Washington DC and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Maryland Institute, College of Art: Video of interview with Marc Steiner, nationally renowned, award winning journalist and radio personality.

Stevenson University: Interview with Dr. Heather Harris, Professor at the School of Design, Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD.

WJZ TV – CBS Affiliate: Two minute news segment video with Denise Koch, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor to celebrate Women’s History Month, March 2021.

Harper Collins: Sheela Murthy and Adithi Rao in conversation with editor Prema Govindan of Harper Collins on Sheela’s extraordinary professional journey and her purpose in life to work for the benefit of others.Video

The American Bazaar: Book Review  – ‘Being Sheela’: Life and times of a powerhouse attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist by Sandra Liotta.

The American Bazaar Online: Video interview by Aziz Hanifa. Sheela Murthy discusses her newly released biography, “Being Sheela: The Life Journey of an Immigration Lawyer.”

I95Business: Interview in the I95Business magazine and website by Vicki Franz, summarizing a discussion of Sheela Murthy with Heidi Daniel, the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD, during the United Way Book Club event.

The Hindu: Book Review in The Hindu, a leading daily newspaper in India on the book Being Sheela.

TiE Global: Video of an interview with Sheela Murthy during the TiE Global Summit organized by TiE Hyderabad on the book “Being Sheela”, with a lively discussion on entrepreneurship and philanthropy.