Song Recommendation- Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer
Sudha Murthy is more than just the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, she is one of the (rather few) people who gain your respect by the small things they do. ‘Three Thousand Stitches’ is a perfect example of- “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” The story captures the efforts of Sudha Murthy and their far-reaching consequences on various people.
In this anthology of eleven stories, Sudha talks about various episodes from her life, like one where she recalls her father’s young days as a doctor, and the effort he put in to help save a life. In another one she goes down the memory lane, sharing her story and experience as being the only girl student in her Engineering classes.
The book’s most impactful story is the one about the Devadasi system still prevalent in India in the most candid way possible. Her story is relatable and resonates with individuals- from her resignation over rejection by people she was trying to help, to her insatiable need to bring a change in our world, no matter how small. When she approaches the women in a very small village of India, her mind is all set on improving their living conditions, and getting them to become self-dependent. But here comes the plot-twist, leave apart her generous offer, the women refuse to even hear her out. They feel that she’s too fancy a city girl to even comprehend their problems, let alone help them out. Even though dejected, Murthy’s relentless efforts not only let her reach out to the women but change their lives so drastically that the women themselves become capable of changing the face of their villages.
Sudha also writes about the things she got to learn from her father who was a learned man himself, who taught her that respect isn’t offered on a silver platter for the mere virtue of good intent, it must always be earned.
One of the beautiful lines that I took away from the book-
“Confidence doesn’t mean that everything will go our way. It simply gives us the ability to accept failures that we will inevitably meet on our path and move forward with hope.”
The stories are sufficiently simple, but at the same time, they make you think about what is the right way to deal with problems, and how sometimes the “right” way isn’t necessarily the best. It’s an easy read with a delightful ending. So if you’re looking for some inspiration, or just trying to fight the Monday blues- this is the book for you.