- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India (14 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143440055
- ISBN-13: 978-0143440055
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 407 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives Paperback – 14 Jul 2017
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Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.
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The book starts with the story “Three Thousand Stitches” which talks about how Sudha helped a group of women to leave their wretched profession and turn into ladies with respectable jobs and income. However, the path of helping 3000 women was not a bed of roses. Sudha got hit with chappals and tomatoes when she tries to approach the women first. Later, with a little mentoring and help from her dad, she broke ice with the ladies. During the rehabilitation phase, Sudha receives death threats and acid is thrown over some women who leave their old jobs. At the end of 15 growing years and three years of starting and running their own banks with 80 lakhs deposit, the ladies want to celebrate. They request Sudha Murthy to be the chief guest of the function. It is there they hand over Sudha an embroidered bedspread with stitch designs by all the 3000 women. That is how the first story and the book get their name. The takeaway from this story is perseverance against all odds exhibited by both Sudha and the women. The book cover has a pictorial representation of a bedspread. Recently, i read that it is the photo of the actual shawl.
Sudha later moves on to other incidents in her life. She explains her travels around the world with joy. She gets free food and discounts at many places abroad when she tells that she is from the land of Bollywood heroes and heroines. She feels Bollywood people have been our brand ambassadors across the world. She also lets us in on her secret of watching 365 movies in one specific year (that is one movie per day) as a young girl. It is funny to note how young kids were allowed only censored versions of the movie and how she becomes bold enough to voice her own interests about movies.
She explains how she gets to know about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and how they help and mentor people. The story of each alcoholic is different, but a common thread is how they move from being casual social drinkers to hopeless addicts. But, they do revive and live a life with dignity.
There is a story about how her doctor father helps an unwed mother to pursue a career as a nurse. Later, the nurse educates her daughter to be a doctor. Due to a chance meeting after several years, Sudha’s father R.H Kulkarni finds that the daughter of the nurse has built a hospital named R.H diagnostics.
There is also a story about Indian vegetables and their actual country of origin. She explains how tomato which is considered very Indian did not have its roots in India but in Mexico.
She also narrates about a typical day as a Chairperson of Infosys foundation. It shows how she manages both genuine and limp requests for grants and help. For some requests of help, she believes that an initial disappointment is better than a disagreement at the end.
Yet another story describes her challenges and accomplishments as the only female engineering student in her college. It is yet another story of how she overcame social taboos against women and set out on a career path she dreamt of.
Of course, there is the famous ‘cattle class’ story that has been making wild rounds online. There are few more interesting stories all told in her unique and simple style. Her observations about the incidents in her life are noteworthy. The book has 179 pages and costs Rs.250. Go for it. Peep into the world of ordinary people who have extraordinary lives.
Book – Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
Author – Sudha Murty
Page – 179
Format – Paperback
Language – English
Publisher – Penguin Random House India
I started reading this book with lots of hope and expectation and I am glad that I am not disappointed except at few places. What Sudha Murty offers in 'Three Thousand Stitches' is a share of her experiences and outlook towards life in a simple and honest way. After reading this I have been deeply inspired by her commitment towards whatever she has chosen to do. She writes about her personal anecdotes with her family, teachers and friends who have touched her.
This book is a descriptive narrative of personal experiences comprises of some beautiful chapters like “how to beat the boys”, “No Place like Home”, “Three handful of water” and many more. However, there is one chapter named “A Life Unwritten” which could have written in much better way as it looks more like a Bollywood movie plot (As author has also agreed at the end of the chapter).
Book is full of Motivational content with a lot of useful information. This book also provided an insight into the working of an efficient charitable organization.
Writing Style: The language is super easy and the narration is smooth making you finish this book in two to three sitting. I personally finished it in 3 sittings.
Without any doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The stories are so amazing, inspirational and impacting that you will find yourselves immersed in them. I can’t choose a single favorite story as all the stories are totally worth to read. From each story, you are going to learn something. Also, I strongly recommend to those who are beginner in English and new reader. Simple language, easy to understand and grasp.
A very impressive collection of short stories! You must give it a try and read it once. I am sure you will not regret it.
Book Title – 4/5
Book Cover – 3.5/5
Narration – 4.5/5
Language and Grammar – 4.5/5
Final Rating – 4/5
To my (and ppl who know that I don't read much) surprise, I finished the entire book in just 3 consecutive days, 3 sessions.
Really liked the author's way of story telling. Lots of wisdom and insights gained.
A must read for ppl who wish to start reading books but haven't started yet.