Sudha Murty needs no introduction. She is an eminent personality who is well known for her philanthropic work and has carved a niche for herself in the world of literature. The author has penned down books in fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction. Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murty has garnered raving reviews and so I decided to pick this book for my non-fiction read of the month.
Three Thousand Stitches is a collection of 11 short stories inspired by the real-life experiences of Sudha Murty – as an individual and as a Chairman of the Infosys Foundation. The first chapter entails the reason behind the title ‘Three Thousand Stitches’. Sudha Murty’s debut as a social worker had its share of stumbling blocks. She had undertaken the responsibility to free the devadasis of Karnataka from the shackles of prostitution. On the first day of her initiative, chappals were thrown at her. On the second day, tomatoes followed. Her unrelenting spirit did not succumb to this humiliation and she strived hard until she achieved success. The 3000 women whom Sudha Murty gave a new breath of life, later gifted her a bedspread which was made by each one of them. Hence the name ‘Three Thousand Stitches’.
The chapter ‘How to beat the boys’ reveals the hardships she faced while studying engineering. She was the first girl in her town to study in an engineering college! The college had no bathrooms for girls! The manner in which she gives her piece of mind to women at the London airport who refer to her as ‘cattle class’ deserves a slow clap.
I was amazed to know that Sudha Murty has a non-English educational background and still, she has made an indelible mark on English literature. The book is beautifully written in simple and easy language to understand. The instances described in the book touches the strings of your heart. It is deeply introspective and inspiring to read.
My verdict – 4/5