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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Author Interview : Gunjan Jain, author of 'She Walks, She Leads' (Part 2)
the second part of the Interview with Gunjan Jain, author of 'She Walks, She Leads' (Part 2). In this, she tells us the goal behind the book and if she has achieved it, the most challenging part of the book, the common thread, she felt that brought the personalities together, words of wisdom from this huge project of hers for all the upcoming authors, and much more, Folks...
What was the
goal in your mind as you worked on this book? Do you feel you have achieved
The one thing that I
had almost always been certain about was the purpose behind this book. What it
was going to serve to all its readers, and what they could take back with them
was, in fact, the one thing I had no ambiguity about. I wanted the book to
dwell on the struggles, setbacks and perils of the protagonists. Merely reading
about success stories without insights on the drudgery it invariably takes to
get there can hardly hope to inspire or motivate.
my book to shift the spotlight from the peaks these ladies command today, to
the long and hard climb they had to attempt to reach there. It is about
leadership values. Through this book I wish to inspire generations of girls and
women, and men, to push the boundaries.
I think I
have been successful in establishing that message in my book, how well it
travels and reaches the intended audience is not within my country. The effort
has been genuine so I am hopeful that it will resonate with the readers.
In the preface
you talk about your vision for the book and how you hope it inspires future
generations as they work towards their dreams. How do you plan to take your
The past few years have
been a phenomenal learning phase for me. I have led a fairly protected
existence so far. This book has opened me up to a broader view of my
surroundings and has compelled me to play a more engaging role with the world I
that has become an intrinsic part of my life is to pursue the cause of
upliftment of women in our country. I must add that the protagonists of my book
had no small role in this decision. Each of them is a passionate
philanthropist, and dedicates at least some part of their lives to better that
of others. Through my interactions with them that I realised just how malignant
the situation was … and how deeply worrying the plight of the girl child still
If the eschewed sex ratio is not enough of an indicator – all it takes is a
slightly more perceptive outlook towards the situation around you, near you,
perhaps the very environment you are in right now. With time, I hope that I can
channelise my work in this domain through a more structured and constructive
channel to ensure that my efforts have a far reaching effect.
What was the
most challenging aspect of writing this book?
Every stage was a
challenge. The number of interviews. Expansive lives – extensive research. How
do I restrict it within the word count?! What to keep, what to leave out!
challenging aspect was definitely the writing aspect because while writing has
always been a hobby and I have been writing through school and college, this
was a writing project of a different proportion altogether.
You met and
spoke to so many exceptional personalities, what would you
Kareena Kapoor from Wikipedia
say was the common
thread that ties them all together?
The journey of each
woman is different specific to her complications that she faced and her
inherent personality. The common thread is the
value system that guides their way of life.
instance, the book features Kareena Kapoor Khan, born into one of India’s first
Bollywood families and it also includes Priyanka Chopra who had absolutely no
film connection. Kareena was to the manner born, which is a help up to a point;
Priyanka Chopra had her Miss World title, but thereafter, it was sheer tenacity and self-belief
that pushed them up from rung to rung towards success.
Naina Lal Kidwai from Wikipedia
Naina Lal Kidwai, shattering many male bastions with a thunderclap, is very different
from the quiet and unassuming way in which Rajashree Birla grew into her role
as matriarch and philanthropist. Where Saina Nehwal trained her
Mary Kom fromWikipedia
becoming a badminton player from an early age, Mary Kom found her calling a
little later. But, both chased their dream with the same kind of passion.
clear to me is that these are women who do not merely boast of a set of skills
or a bag of accomplishments, but live their lives in a way that is conducive to
She Leads’ embodies the fact that gender bias has no place in our society. Yet,
there are some who feel that women and men are born with different skill sets
and have different strengths and weaknesses, which they both must work with.
What are your thoughts?
In the course of my
writing ‘She Walks, She Leads’, I was asked this one particular question
several times, and by a diverse set of people.
women leaders? There are enough greats in this country – men and women – and
shouldn’t you be looking beyond this obvious gender-bias? My answer to them was
simple and, if I may add, barefaced: by focusing on women, my book was in fact
attempting to take on just this gender-bias. A bias that is so ingrained into
our milieu that it doesn’t even seem like an aberration anymore.
Walks, She Leads’ has been a mammoth project. Add to that, you took it on with
no experience. Any words of wisdom for the aspiring authors out there?
I think I have a long
way to go in my journey as an author before I can dole out any words of wisdom.
But, based on my experience I can say that writing is hard work and it requires
a disciplined, thought-out approach like any other task does.
importance of belief in self, in your abilities and in your project is crucial
because that is what will push you through the darkest and most difficult of
times. At the end of it though, the satisfaction of seeing your name on the
product of all your efforts is worth it all.
Have you started on your next project? Please share some details on it with
A long, long holiday on
a beach, doing absolutely nothing! Seriously though, I haven’t planned ahead
much. I have a couple of ideas for my next book but I’ll reveal more about them
I want to savour the fact that ‘She Walks, She Leads’ is complete and on its
way to finding its readers.