About the Author:
This book is written by Aparna Jain who is a leadership coach and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in workplace. She is also the author of other books like ‘Own it- leadership lessons from women who do it’, ‘Boys will be boys’ and ‘The Sood Family Cookbook’ .
Summary of the Book:
This book is an inspiring and sparkling collection of real life stories of 56 iconic ladies of India who broke the rules to forge new paths for themselves and others. These great women have lived extraordinary and inspirational lives which has been drawn from different times in our history and the present. The stories have been explained with strikingly beautiful illustrations.
This book explains what led the great women like Rani Lakshmibai, Razia Sultan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sania Mirza, P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal etc. to strike out the way they did. When and How did the young child in them become an independent-minded adult? It tells about how these fearless women of Indian History fought the times they lived in and emerged stronger, if not always victorious but never stopped chasing their dreams. These women were adventurous and ambitious. They fought battles and legal cases. They won elections and matches. They climbed mountains and mastered science. These women dared, dreamed and did whatever they could do to make it a better world around them.
Why should you read this book?
This is the best book for kids and teenagers because I believe that strong idols are Very important in growing years to look up to, admire and get inspired from. The author has worked diligently into curating the content with utmost care to include people from all walks of life and from different time frames.
The book is supported by art work from 27 artists with their own style and potential which make the book come alive. The language is simple and readable and the content is short and focussed giving the exact amount of information a child can process and learn from. The illustrations are beautiful and has fantastic message for perseverance and standing up for yourself.
What I liked most about this book is that the author makes us feel like we are actually a part of these women’s lives and not just reading stories. It also teach boys to respect and admire women and expect nothing less from them.
In short ‘Like a girl’ leaves you with a sigh and a heavy heart but with a lot of hope.
-Dr Suman Mahi