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Fifty vignettes showcase the myriad shades of human nature A man dumps his aged father in an old-age home after declaring him to be a. Read Books Three Thousand Stitches (PDF, ePub, Mobi) by Sudha Murty Read Wise and Otherwise Sudha Murthy, Book Of Life, Books To Read, My Books. Sudha Murty has books on Goodreads with ratings. Sudha Murty's most popular book is Wise And Otherwise.
How bad a grouchy company can be is amply expressed in her moods when she talks about some people. Then, she goes on to showcase how thinking well can not only transform our own lives, but the lives we touch.
All in all, the book covers a broad spectrum of social and personal issues - with a story coming from each extreme of the topics. A stingy donor who'll claim credit to even the smallest contribution, to some unknown benefactor who gives amply but anonymously; The young generation that splurges money like running water to a young generation that puts non-violence and the lessons learnt from violence over innovations like Computers and the Internet in terms of significance; A student who still retains the sense of gratitude for a help provided for in need, to another who grew out of exactly the same circumstances but took a different path with a sense of entitlement rather than gratitude.
In a story about bursting stoves, Sudha experiences the plight of young girls from poor families who are tormented by their in-laws for dowry.
It would rouse anyone to violent action on impulse, should anyone be in her position - and yet, she shows the helplessness she felt. Law takes its own course. She works on the grass-root levels instead.
Don't just trim the weed, eradicate the seed. She emphasizes the importance of education and developing self-sufficiency among women so that they can take on this unfair world without needing the crutches of her husband or in-laws or parents, for that sake. Yet, in another story a few pages ahead, she dwells upon this dilemma of independence again.
Well educated girls who earn enough still bear the brunt of their in-laws' bloated expectations and consequently, their ridicule and neglect, are still crying. She wonders, what did education bring them, and how are they any different from the underprivileged girls she comes across.
There, she suggests that self-sufficiency is something that current education cannot bring - it is a feeling, a thought process that is currently missing amongst us. Some women are bold enough to step up and take command of their ships.
There are success stories of an illiterate woman who gets an equal say in what crop is to be planted in the season, to her own friend from college years - whom everybody thought to have been a mediocre and expected to have a mediocre lifestyle. Diamonds in the rough. Sudha comes across as a defiant lady with a tender heart. It is mind-boggling to think that she does so much and yet, she does it anyway. There is amazement and disappointment when some of her own friends and acquaintances have a negative outlook towards life - one even asking her as to who ghost-writes her articles and books since she can't be doing so much work and yet finding time of more.
One gets to learn a lot about the work Infosys Foundation does through these short stories. There are traces where one might wonder why did she have to be so brash and blunt to the people as if it was her prerogative to set people right - like telling the son whose father had died that "it is shameful the way you and your father cooked up this drama for the sake of a few thousand rupees!
And you are setting a bad example Throughout the story, one feels bad for the old man, who had been abandoned by his son and had nowhere to go. Later, when it is revealed that the father, no matter how helpless he was, was complicit in the act - the ire of the reader is still directed at the son and daughter-in-law.
Sudha, on the other hand, is angry with both the father and son. But I think she does a suitable job - objectively.
She is a teacher, she talks like one. Plain, simple well-meaning words.
Her stories cover the length and breadth of India and she has stories about various types of characters like the honest college student, who despite being poor returned the unspent money that he received for his hostel accommodation. She mentions about two teenagers she had met on the flight from Delhi to Bangalore who did not know our history we should blame ourselves for it , about her friend who takes life in a positive way after she sees a beggar dancing in the rain and there is this story about a man who lies that he knows her in order to sell books to the Foundation.
In one story, she mentions about a salesgirl she meets in a train, who first gives her a headache and then sells her the balm.
In another, she talks about a mother who is praying that her stove burst victim daughter dies. She talks about her friend who succeeds in life because she is a realist.
About a poor, old lady who shows her gratitude to Mrs Murthy for giving them a hospital by giving a string of jasmine. There is story in which she talks about a man who leaves his own father in an old age home claiming that the he is a homeless man who needs help and comes to claim the money when he dies. She brought tears to my eyes when she talked about Zubeida, who tells her brother to return the unspent money allotted for her cancer treatment.
She has written about a boy who marries a girl suffering from leucoderma after reading her book, Mahashweta. In another story, she has mentioned about insensitive people who can spend on their housewarming but not for the victims of Gujarat earthquake. About an uneducated lady who sees the positive side of life and stays happy, and there is another one in which a shopkeeper adjusting the price of his wares as per the financial status of the customer.