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Book Review: Women Power Retold

This book gives the reader a good understanding about the life and struggles of female achievers who share their candid experiences, warts and all

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There are several books that showcase women achievers. They talk about the rags-to-riches story and paint a pretty picture of how good life is. She Walks, She Leads: Women Who Inspire India (Penguin Random House) goes above and way beyond that. We read about successful men who have made a huge difference to the running of the world. Gunjan Jain’s delightful collection of 24 women who have made it to the top of their chosen industries makes for a fascinating read. These powerhouses have been responsible for critical changes in society, their industry, and businesses, all the while being the rock for their respective personal commitments.

I admire male leaders and I will be the first to admit that it is not always easy to relate with their journeys. However, this book gives the reader a good understanding about the life and struggles of female achievers who share their candid experiences, warts and all. It is especially interesting since the author has given the context of each of the interviews. Her description of the place where she meets the ladies, what the mood is, their workspace and homes — makes the conversations come to life for the reader.

Jain is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with a BSc in economics and finance. She has also earned her Master’s in investment management from Cass Business School, UK. In her book, Jain has painted a larger than life picture of each of these ladies (Nita Ambani, Sudha Murty, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Sania Mirza, etc.), anecdotes from interviews with their family members, partners, mentors, colleagues and friends. The end result is a feeling that the reader is in conversation with the ladies themselves.

Across the profiles, a common thread that binds the book is the iron will and pervasive compassion that one encounters in every story. The book is not meant to comfort or mollycoddle you. It is all about getting out of your comfort zone and getting into your effort zone, a story that every Indian woman lives every single day.

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Shailja Dutt

Shailja Dutt is the Founder & Chairperson of Stellar Search.

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