Book Title: Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India
Author: Kiran Manral
Published By: Rupa Publications India
ASIN & Edition: B09T6Y7VFN & 1st
No.of pages: 296
About the Book
With stories of 30 amazing contemporary Indian women, this book looks at what shaped them, the challenges they faced, the influences they had, the choices they made, and how they negotiated around or broke the boundaries that sought to confine them, either through society or circumstance. From diverse backgrounds and different generations, they have risen through sheer grit and determination, bolstered with passion, and are, today, names to look up to, to hold out as examples to the next generation of young women and girls, giving them the courage to reach out to their dreams.
From politics to sport, from the creative and performing arts to cinema and television, from business leaders to scientists, legal luminaries, and more, this book features the stories of these much celebrated, fabulous women: Sushma Swaraj, Sheila Dikshit, Fathima Beevi, Mahasweta Devi, Amrita Sher-Gil, Amrita Pritam, Sonal Mansingh, Lata Mangeshkar, Anita Desai, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Harita Kaur Deol, Madhuri Dixit, Bachendri Pal, Rekha, Chhavi Rajawat, Karnam Malleswari, Shailaja Teacher, Hima Das, Naina Lal Kidwai, Shakuntala Devi, P.T. Usha, P.V. Sindhu, Ekta Kapoor, Kiran Bedi, Mary Kom, Menaka Guruswamy, Tessy Thomas, Aparna Sen, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and Gayatri Devi, among others.
About the Author
Kiran Manral is a writer, author, and novelist based in Mumbai. Her fiction titles include The Reluctant Detective, Once Upon a Crush, All Aboard!, Saving Maya, Missing: Presumed Dead, The Face at the Window, The Kitty Party Murder, and More Things in Heaven and Earth.
In the non-fiction category, her works include Karmic Kids, True Love Stories, A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting, Raising Kids with Hope, and Wonder in Times of a Pandemic and Climate Change. In previous avatars, she has been a journalist, researcher, festival curator, and entrepreneur.
She has received multiple awards, such as the Women Achievers award by the Young Environmentalists Association in 2013 and the International Women’s Day Award 2018 from ICUNR (the Indian Council of UN Relations) supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, for excellence in the field of writing.
What To Expect
- Expect an account of 30 women who made it big amidst all struggles and challenges.
- Expect the inspiring stories of women from different fields of profession and walks of life.
- Expect the stories of women who belong to different generations but still are relevant today!
Who Can Read
This book is for everyone who wants to read and learn about some famous women who excelled in their fields of work. The stories about women like Mary Kom, Hima Das, and Karanam Malleswari are more inspiring than the others. Women with every possibility of being physically strong like men are yet discriminated against. The story of Hima Das and her struggle regarding her gender identity is absolutely worth reading.
Though we live in a world where people like Elon Musk want to set up cities on the Planet Mars, on the Planet Earth, and in the world we live in, women are still looked down! They are discriminated against everywhere, right from our homes to workplaces. When women make it sports, politics, and business, the male-dominated mindset of the society we live in always caters to question a woman’s ability.
Bearing every challenge, striving to prove their mettle, and showcasing their talents in achieving success is and has always been a difficult task but not impossible. Enduring the pain, bias, and insults, many women have proved that they are no lesser than the males and are equivalently successful.
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In this book, author Kiran Manral has shared stories of 30 women from different fields like politics, sports, arts, entertainment, social work, banking, and literature. The author talks about their journeys, success stories, and the hard work they carried out. It is a one-time read but definitely a good read.
Author Kiran Manral in this book titled – Rising, presented to her readers the stories of 30 women who have had enough battles in life to make it up to the pinnacle of success. The writing is clear and factual. Readers of any age and level can pick this book up. For its simple and honest writing, this book is recommended to be on every reader’s shelf!
Grammar & Vocabulary
Simple and clear language with adequate grammar and vocabulary is used in the book. A middle-grade school student can also read the book easily.
What Did I Like
The struggles and how these women mentioned in the book faced and battled are inspiring. Also, there is a chance for the readers to see the issues women face in their respective fields, which gives them a chance to see what happens in every profession.
What Could Have Been Better
To be honest, there is no uniqueness in the book. It is a book like any other book that has talked about some picked-up famous women and their stories. The book is biographical.
We have no time to read and know about some personalities who made it big in their lives. Books like these give a chance to hover on many inspiring stories in a go. Thus, it’s a nice book to know about some famous women!
Pick it if
- You enjoy reading inspiring stories which are famous
- You like reading non-fiction books