Before I start to share my thoughts about the book, I must confess how I decided to judge the author, her way of life and obviously her writing. Three Thousand Stitches especially is not a work of fantasy or fiction. It is a lexical documentary of reality that throws light on all the right things a person should focus on, in their life. It is the much-needed Neo-Bible that this world needs right now.
Ms. Murthy is one lucky, intelligent and an extremely compassionate person. I am usually conscious of the adjectives I use to describe someone because it is easy to get sidetracked. As much as I hate character assassination, I am also against pompous and clichéd profile description or a narrative. This is exactly why the ‘Three Thousand Stitches’ that she put together is a must-read for a lot of reasons – Simple and powerful narrative!
Her experience has been rich and diverse with life lessons and that is why she is lucky. I find her intelligent because she has used these experiences as stepping-stones and decided to refine herself to become a better person, with each passing day. As far as compassion goes, whenever she was offered a choice, she chose kindness and simplicity. This particular trait is remarkable and all-pervasive in the book because, the situations rise up to an anguishing volcano that she has annealed with her compassion in every opportunity and difficulty – An invaluable lesson. She was happy with the choices she made and she made the choices, happy ones. She redefined her life choices and also stood by what she chose.
This book is an extension of her choices. It is a statement and a standing testimony of her compassion because doing good does not suffice. The ultimate joy is in spreading your happiness and joy. She urges the people of this world to experience this joy of being human. Spreading this thought and making this a world a better place to live in, is a duty we are all bound to carry out as a mission, uncalled for. This reminds me of the famous thirumanthiram (The Thirumantiram is a Tamil poetic work written in the fifth century by Thirumular that strongly emphasizes on Love is God).
“யாம் பெற்ற இன்பம் பெருக இவ்வையகம்”
“Let me share with this world, the joy I found”
For upcoming writers out there, she has a splendid tone of mastery and narration. Be it the Raas Leela of Shri Krishna (where I was transported to the banks of Yamuna watching the whole scene objectively) or the airport adventure, Sudha’s writing captivates you by the eye. It did sink a bit inside of me when the gopikas and Krishna were unaware of my presence in their world while I was lost into their interplay. For a moment, I questioned if I were being subjective or objective. I do not know if there is any other answer to this question except that it is the power of great storytelling that Sudha aces along.
I am glad my friend chose this book for me. I am glad the book chose me. I am glad I made the choice to read this book. Every stitch was a conscious choice to be right. Choices. Don’t miss to see! Don’t miss to read!