Three Thousand Stitches: Book Review

Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives by Sudha Murty

First Published: 14 July 2017

Genre: Non Fiction, Biography, Short Stories

Publisher: Penguin

About Three Thousand Stitches:

Three Thousand Stitches is a book with a collection of 11 short stories. Every story you read is an essence of Sudha Murty’s journey and real-life experiences. Some bitter and some great. These simple yet powerful, heart-warming stories will sink you with a mixture of emotions.

In other words, it’s the reflection of her life as an individual and as the chairperson of Infosys Foundation.

From being the first girl pursuing engineering in her family to competing with the all-boys engineering college, you get the flavor of her achievements as well as her struggles.

Being chairperson of Infosys Foundation, these are instances from her philanthropic work. For more than two decades, she has worked for the underprivileged society.

One of the stories depicts her efforts to help the temple devadasis, to make them have a respectful life. Also, their underprivileged children were able to get access to a better future for themselves. She was able to shape more than 3000 lives of the poor devadasis kids, which itself is noble and remarkable.

The bond she shared with her family, the travelogue at Kashi, and the Ganga water adventure. Her contribution as an engineer, social judgment at the airport, and kindness his father shared. The food, Indian sari, the south Indian culture, all the stories will enrich you with confidence and compassion.

Did you know:

Chilies, capsicum, corn, groundnut, cashews, beans, potato, papaya, pineapple, custard apple, guava, and sapodilla, are all from South America. With time, we indigenized them and learned how to cook them. You will get to know the origin of many vegetables which we eat daily.

These stories may sound basic and ordinary. But, it reflects an extraordinary life. Life of a woman, who is living with grit and grace, touching millions of lives and still counting.

Read: A Complete List Of Sudha Murty Books That You Must Read!

About the Author:

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, north Karnataka. She completed her MTech in computer science at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Sudha Murty is an engineering teacher, author, philanthropist and the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation.

She has immensely contributed to English and Kannada literature. She has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces, and books for children. Also, her works 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. In 2011, she was honored with the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature.


This book is for all age groups. Anyone looking for simple, heart-touching tales can grab this book. It will not only inspire you but also make you feel happy.

This book will leave you with a roller-coaster of emotions. These uplifting stories are real and relatable.

Powerful Lines from Three Thousand Stitches Book:

“We all lose a few battles in our lives, but we can win the war.”

“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.”

“You may be rich enough to buy comfort and luxuries, but the same money doesn’t define a class or give you the ability to purchase it.”

“I can give you many examples of people who may not have studied much but have done well for themselves because they believed they could.”

Rating: 4/5


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