Book Review: Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives by Sudha Murty
Published by: Penguin Random House India
Genre: Non-fiction / Short Stories
So often, it’s the simplest acts of courage that touch the lives of others. Sudha Murty-through the exceptional work of the Infosys Foundation as well as through her own youth, family life, and travels-encounters many such stories . . . and she tells them here in her characteristically clear-eyed, warm-hearted way. She talks candidly about the meaningful impact of her work in the devadasi community, her trials and tribulations as the only female student in her engineering college and the unexpected and inspiring consequences of her father’s kindness. From the quiet joy of discovering the reach of Indian cinema and the origins of Indian vegetables to the shallowness of judging others based on appearances, these are everyday struggles and victories, large and small.
Unmasking both the beauty and ugliness of human nature, each of the real-life stories in this collection is reflective of a life lived with grace.
An established writer, Sudha Murty needs no introduction. She has written various fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
Three Thousand Stitches is my second read of Sudha Murty. I have only read ‘Dollar Bahu’ before this.
This book is a collection of short stories inspired by her own life. Some are inspiring, some are witty, some impart wisdom and some are for moral reasons. The first story was something that I really liked. It’s about how she received scolding, and backlashes from the people whom she wanted to help. But later on, with constant efforts and support from her father, she continued to do what she believed and hence succeeded.
The book is filled with stories with narratives from her life, her family and friends. They gave a sneak peek into her life, about her struggles, courage, concern, sacrifice, and determination.
There is one in which she talks about why she gave up shopping, one where she helps the people in utter bad conditions and were working as slaves in foreign countries to come back to India, and one where her father helps a lady due in pregnancy to deliver her child and escape from the ill-treatment of the village people by giving her his own earnings.
I loved each and every story. A bit moralistic, the book is worth the time spent. The writing style is plain simple, a good book to read on the go.
If you are someone who has never read non-fiction, then this might be something you could start with!