“You may be rich enough to buy comfort and luxuries, but the same money doesn’t define class or give you the ability to purchase it”
These wise words are one of the many pearls of wisdom which were imparted to me through my recent read Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy. As someone who never reads non-fiction books, the fact that I loved reading this one comes as a surprise to me too and is a clear indication of Sudha Murthy’s amazing writing skills. She has managed to capture simple incidents which taught her something in a manner which end up teaching the readers of the book important life lessons too.
The book is a collection of stories about Mrs. Murthy’s experiences and the people she meets as part of her job as chairperson of the Infosys Foundation.Each story has a lesson in it and my favorite was the one which described her work with the devadasis of the Renuka temple in Karnataka.
The highlight of these inspiring stories is the straight-from-the-heart storytelling style of Sudha Murty. There’s no attempt at weaving together complex and pretentious sentences. It’s plain and pure, simple and effective storytelling, which is so refreshing and makes you want to keep reading.
While some stories are inspiring, there are some are which are entertaining and others which impart you important knowledge and wisdom.
What I liked about the book?
- Easy language and smooth narration
- The Bollywood factor and feeling of pride that Indians are recognized worldwide because of our entertainment industry
- How life comes full circle to people who do good unto others without expecting anything in return
- The story about Kashi and how Sudha Murthy gave up the one thing which was dear to her, which has now become the defining factor of her personality
What I didn’t like about the book?
- Nothing, maybe just the fact that it wasn’t lengthier
This one’s a truly inspiring and motivating read, highly recommended for readers of all ages.