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The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk-Sudha Murty

Reading real life stories are often so much more enjoyable than fiction. Sudha Murty’s “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk” is one such book. The pages bring out Sudha Murty’s experiences as she lays down her learning on humanity and life.

It may seem to be no great literary work; yet, this book will surely win your heart over. There is absolutely no use of complex words; with the most simplistic form of narration. The book is a collection of 23 short stories and each one of them would leave you taking a peek into your inner self. The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk captivated me from its first page right till the end.

“It is very difficult to earn trust. It takes years to build and it can be destroyed in an instant by one bad deed. Trust requires an enormous amount of integrity and you have to prove every time that you are worthy of it. I am very grateful to our society and community.”
― Sudha Murty, The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Lessons from Here and There

What sets the book apart is that the stories aren’t fiction but real life experiences. Sudha Murty takes you on journeys across India, from Bombay, to Bangalore, to Orissa, places where she has touched lives through the Infosys foundation.

I loved the story of Vishnu, who achieves material success but knows not what happiness is. Another tale that gave me a sense of optimism, is that of a young girl who runs away from her step mom’s home, to be later found on a train bound to Bangalore. That journey changed the course of her life. All of the stories are about people, the kinds we all bump into every single day, in our office, home and neighborhood.

A light inspirational read with an amazing takeaway that would linger long in your mind. For those who don’t like voluminous books, and seek some quick food for thought, this book is a perfect read.


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