‘She Walks, She Leads’by Gunjan Jain features true stories of 24 women from India. The book holds a special limelight not because it is full of celebrities but it takes toil to rev up reminisces of childhood, nubile romance, family and tradition talks, life aspirations along with how well they fared to achieve their set goals. The writer must have put in lot of efforts in research because the protagonists hail from various and diverse fields, rather than one. Also, to cover the profiles extensively, the book has been segmented field wise i.e. from altruism to corporate to sports and everything in between. Whether you are reading love tale of Nita & Mukesh Ambani or the struggle saga of a Manipuri girl Mary Kom, the narration oscillates from pains to gains, missed to hit points but the exploration never boils down to dull tempo.
A story covered well is riveted through all angles: personal, from the close allies, etc. Therefore the author has put in special efforts to supplement each profile with some of the best figures’ reference conversations who have first-handedly witnessed the growth, struggle and rise of these influence-lending protagonists. For instance, Mukesh Ambani has given supportive reporting for Neeta Ambani; and Sachin Tendulkar for Sania Nehwal. Each profile has a supplement – for all segments.
In all likelihood, people may conjecture it as a feminine piece but that’s not the case. Leaders are leaders, irrespective of gender prefix or some other social aspects. ‘She Walks, She Leads’ makes up a perfect read for people inquisitive about the lives of highly successful personalities, as the insights provided can inspire scores of entrepreneurs who aspire to reach to the pinnacle of their fields in life.
Also, the author has handpicked already-famed subjects, which makes the work of a writer all the more complicated as one has to be very accurate with detailing and efforts needed go manifold. The purpose of the book is not to compile iconic women for honouring their achievements but to bring forward them as a tool of inspiration for many in search of the same. Yes, there are numerous eulogies for this book, for that matter - for each profile – but that’s the way things take shape for those who dare to rise above the ordinary.