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Book Review: The 9 Colours of Vibrant Women by Ramya R. Moorthy

I have known the author since her first book 'A Journey in Search of Happiness' – a it was a bang on book to my quest of being happy over roaming for being successful. Now this book, The 9 Colours of Vibrant Women is another great offering to boost up the morale of women across the world. This book in particular details about the colours and its allied values in women's lives. Every colour indicates some or other virtue or trait, for example purple colour suggests Creative, Grandeur, and Wisdom.


The author explains the colour traits and virtues to her growing daughter Anila after she is being devastated getting to know the shocking story of Nirbhaya, who happens to be a girl from her neighborhood. If you have read the previous book in the series, you will be then familiar with the mother daughter duo, Shivani and Anila. Mother Shivani wants to instill 9 colours of vibrant women in her daughter Anila. For that, she chooses the occasion of Navratri, so that she could get one lesson each night.

Every chapter starts with first shortly explaining the avatar of Goddess Durga and her role in Hindu religion. Next, Anila gets her lesson on the colour, to explain lucidly, Shivani uses real-life examples to talk about the strengths and struggles of women in that particular colour trait, for example, in the pink colour, she drills down to women like Aparna Lavakumar, Kousalya Periasamy, Manasi Pradhan – most of us have not heard these names, as they are not from very conventional or glamour fields, rather hail from something like social activists, an HIV victim, a police officer and so on. However, the thing to understand is that be it sports, movies, politics or sports or social or government job, women have all that to lead from the front. Thus, by quoting quotes and examples of women from diverse backdrop, the author wants to make us aware of the women power around. Every chapter has around 5 stories to inspire us in all possible sense. I liked this part particularly, because in the first book the author used mainly quite famous and glittering examples of personalities to inspire Anila.

Though there have been many books on women talk, power, and betterment and not to forget feminism; however, the weightage and substance Ramya leaves is superb.

Other than bringing women coverage, the book shines brilliantly in the end when we see formation of two teams, Red and Blue, to tackle the situation of rapes in India. However, it was a sort of a dream but if implemented, well it can bring wonders to all. Women safety and mobility matters, and Anila was quite fervent and enthusiastic to bring some changes to the society for the betterment of women.

The dazzling aspect of the book is coverage on Self and Situational leadership. Mother Shivani taught all this to her daughter so that she could be a better and capable self leader and adjust and align herself as per the situations and skill sets.

This is sheer delight to have read number of coverage on women empowerment. I never felt as I am reading something non-fiction, the book evolves far better as it chugs ahead. Once again, Ramya R. Moorthy showed as why she is considered one of the best self-help book authors in India. A must read for all–women it’s full of you–you must grab it. Highly recommended!

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