‘Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision merely passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.’ – Joel Barker
To have a vision, I suppose, one must dream. Then action can be envisioned to step towards making the dream a reality. There are many stories around us about such dreams that have become true. There are some realities we see doing well, but don’t know the story behind it, the dream that got it started, and the thoughts behind it. Through this book, Prachi Garg brings stories of twenty women and their stories, their ventures to the fore.
There are some known names among them. But quite a few unknown names whose work feel very important, very passionate, very deserving to be in the spotlight that this book puts on their stories.
When I open the third page of the newspaper, where there are reports of the crimes happening in the city, I have read news of acid attacks by spurned lovers. It feels sad to read, so I can’t even imagine the plight such victims go through. It was heartening to read about the NGO Make Love Not Scars, the initiative by Ria Sharma and how it came to be.
My D.O.S.T is another story I liked reading. Life is such that one might never know when sadness takes control and pushes us into a corner. The reason for such a state of mind is not something we’d usually share with even those who are near and dear to us. I’ve seen friends wither away to it, and at one time, been through it. Richa Singh’s initiative to provide those who want a place to express that, that I felt was admirable.
The book isn’t just about initiatives and companies that help one cope with what affects our mind. The stories featured here vary from that of Richa Kar, founder of Zivame, online seller of lingerie and Rachana Nagranee, founder of Pitaraa, which sells handcrafted bags and fashion accessories; to Shubh Puja, founded by Saumya Vardhan, which helps makes religious ceremonies easier and simpler. It has the story of empowering folk artists, which Happy Hands, venture of Medhavi Gandhi does, and of Rustic Art, a company that provides eco-friendly products.
The faces behind the scenes, and leading them from the front, are those who chased their passions, or saw something to make life a little easier, a little better; and they did something about it. They took a path not fancied by others and made (and continue to make) an impact. It tells of the difficulties they faced, what matters to them in the running of those ventures and the success they have had as well.
It was an interesting read and an inspiring one as well. Wishing them success in the years to come…
|Title: Super Women|
|Author: Prachi Garg||Genre: Non Fiction Anthology|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789382665632||Publisher: Srishti Publishers|
(© 29th March 2016)