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Girl Power: A Volume of Female Empowerment

Taking female empowerment up by a few theoretical notches, Girl Power by Neha J Hiranandani is a visual treat, a collection of inspiring women.

Taking female empowerment up by a few theoretical notches, Girl Power by Neha J Hiranandani is a visual treat on a collection of inspiring women.
Girl Power by Neha J Hiranandani

Female Empowerment and GIRL POWER

Girl Power is a powerful book, with an immense potential to influence many young girls. There are amalgamated some very powerful stories of ordinary girls who made it big through sheer hard work and conviction. They have transformed from rags to riches, but without a prince charming to help and protect these non-damsels in distress. In fact, these are no damsels-in-distress, rather, warrior princesses who dare to fight for their own rights and overcome and slay every dragon that stands in their way.

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Female empowerment through a diverse bunch of women

From doctors to space astronauts,  royal queens to radical writers, priests to boxers, there is nothing women cannot achieve if they set their minds on it. yes, it may take time, but through perseverance, everything is possible. After all, can you imagine that there was a time when a woman was not allowed to have a bank account of her own?  Or that, women could be dismissed from their jobs just for being pregnant?

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Splendid illustrations

With beautiful illustrations from the lives of these women, as well as their portraits, the book is a visual art. I love the bright and bombastic cover which is a foreshadowing of the power that will be emanating from the pages once we open the book. The author has also diversified the group, including women are various different fields of work and as such, revelations were made in this book. I for instance never knew about the presence of women priests! Likewise, there were many surprising stories.

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Inspiring and phenomenal!

How can I express the awe-inspiring feeling that I got as I read the book? Or the goosebumps that I got so often? Or how frequently my eyes would well up, learning about the triumphs and sheer determination of these women? They are a source of inspiration! And if these snippets could inspire m, imagine how much sway they could have over the impressionable minds of young girls. 

My verdict

I rate this book a solid 5/5 stars and recommend you all to read them yourselves and then gift them to the young girls in your lives.

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Invisible Ties, Nadya A. R., 2017

Title: Invisible Ties
Author: Nadya A. R.
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 266
As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process.
Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.
Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties?
A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.
My review:
Invisible Ties, in one word, is a masterpiece. A work of utter beauty and the complexities of human life expressed in poetical language, it is one of the best books I have read this year. And one which shall always be with me.
The writing firstly is something that will strike you as soon as you start reading it. There is a graceful fluidity in the lines which makes you feel like you are indulging in poetry- so beautiful and calm. As a reader I felt as it was I was flowing in its waters. And in the end, this is one quality which really mesmerized me. I took intervals in reading this book – three days to be exact – and I am so glad that I did. Apart from being an aesthetically pleasing book, it was an intense emotional read too. There are, of course, many who will not agree to that, but let me state that it was so for me. In the same vein, the language was well-edited; I found no bumps in the reading. Rupa Publications has done an impeccable job as always.
I shall not tell much about what happens in the story- the synopsis does that well enough- so well enough that it made me immediately accept the author’s offer to review the book. The plot was well made and I found the change in scenery very well-paced. The entire story was well-paced for that matter. In one way I consider this a bildungsroman- Noor grows from a young impressionable girl to a wise woman. The events are realistic yet all the while there is the magic that weaved throughout the entire story. The use of the mirror really brought in a tiny amount of magical realism into the narrative.
The themes of displacement, loss, religion, individuality, growth etc. really brings in a diversity to the book yet binds the narrative into one single work that would not work in the absence of any one of these themes. The ever-present imagery used by the author was a delight to my heart and my grey cells. Imagining all those beautiful things had a beautiful exquisiteness to them.
The characters are all well-made and have a lot of depth to all of them, even excluding the protagonist. I shall wrap up my review by reiterating that Invisible Ties was a superb masterpiece and I hope to pick up Nadya A. R’s other book as well.
I rate this book a solid 4.5/5 stars. It was a simply a very amazing read. If you are looking for something magical without the explicit presence of magic, something you know will be impactful and shall stay with you forever, without further ado, simply pick up this book.