She Walks, She Leads
Author: Gunjan Jain
Publisher: Penguin Books
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
• Nita Ambani launched the Indian Super League, on the lines of FIFA, to boost football in India
• Sudha Murty gave her savings to her husband, Narayana Murthy, to help start Infosys
• Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School
• Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon with a seed capital of Rs10,000
• At the age of sixteen, Sania Mirza became the youngest and the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam
These are some snippets from She Walks, She Leads which profiles twenty-six iconic women in modern India. These leaders tell their stories, up close and personal. Their relentless ambition to shatter the glass ceiling, their pursuit for excellence and the challenges that came their way – all of this is captured vividly in this exclusive anthology. Each chapter is based on extensive research and has never-seen-before photographs of these luminaries. The chapters are followed by interviews with their companions and close confidants who have seen them grow over the years. The women leaders profiled in the book come from different fields like banking, media, cinema, sports, fashion, philanthropy and industry.
Woman have always been talked about with great respect, especially about how they manage home and children so efficiently, how well she cooks or takes care of her in-laws. Woman have also been used and abused since time immemorial.
And then, there are these woman, who have defied everything and became a beacon of light for lot more. Gunjan Jain brings to us a bunch of such outstanding women, who have made the country proud with their zeal and effort. She Walks, She leads is exactly what comes to your mind when you hear the name. It’s a big fat book of inspiration and learning, but most importantly, amazement. These women who are from different fields have proved their worth time and again. They are respected and sometimes, feared.
The book covers various fields such as business, entertainment, art etc. It talks about the lives of Indra Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Priyanka Chopra, Nita Ambani and many others who have worked wonders in their respective field.
This might be a non-fiction, but the presentation is in the form of a story which contains insights on how they touched the sky along with how their friends and family see them, how they have grown over time. Each chapter ends with a Q&A with someone close the person in focus. There’s also a picture gallery which I loved and so did my mum. She visits those pages almost every day and asks me all about them.
The author has also included the impression each of these ladies made on her and how her perspective has changed. A world that exists behind all that glory, all the struggles and pain which paved the path to success. I would have loved to see a few more woman, who aren’t that famous but still have it in them to shine bright and be recognized. But we’ll have to do with what’s at hand.
This book makes me happy every time I read it. It’s a motivational book, but it never gets dull. It has been skillfully written, it is sure to brighten your day and cheer you up.
Highly motivating, and inspiring. Read this book to know about the women of India, who have left an everlasting mark in history.