BOOK REVIEW – SHE WALKS, SHE LEADS BY GUNJAN JAIN

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On The Jacket :

• 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-four 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.

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Review:

I am going to be frank, after reading the synopsis of this book I had developed a level of expectation which doubled after I read the first chapter  based on Nita Ambani. Unfortunately, as I progressed chapter after chapter I realized this book lacks something that is the most important factor in inspiring people – struggle. I don’t know how the author filtered her list from hundreds to mere 24 personalities and on what basis, but majority of these personalities didn’t had to go through the initial struggle of haves and have not’s as they belonged to rich families. More than struggle, these personalities showcased strength which again is a huge motivating factor. Few personalities were given so little importance which made their story look rushed because of which the reader feels a sense of incompleteness.

Instead of writing about 24 people if the author had focused on four people at a time and gave us a detailed account of their struggle and successes then maybe this book would have been the perfect book to seek inspiration from. Nevertheless, if you keep this point aside and read this book as a dedication to Indian women achievers then you wont be disappointed. Idea behind the book is no doubt brilliant , I wish the execution part was brilliant too.

Rating :

***.5 / 5

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NOTE :

THE AUTHOR SENT ME A FREE COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.