TITLE: She Walks, She Leads- Women who inspire India
AUTHOR: Gunjan Jain
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd.



(Goodreads Blurb)

• Nita Ambani launched the Indian Super League, on the lines of FIFA, to boost football in India
• Sudha Murty gave her savings to her husband, Narayana Murthy, to help start Infosys
• Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School
• Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon with a seed capital of Rs10,000
• At the age of sixteen, Sania Mirza became the youngest and the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam

These are some snippets from She Walks, She Leads which profiles twenty-six iconic women in modern India. These leaders tell their stories, up close and personal. Their relentless ambition to shatter the glass ceiling, their pursuit for excellence and the challenges that came their way – all of this is captured vividly in this exclusive anthology. Each chapter is based on extensive research and has never-seen-before photographs of these luminaries. The chapters are followed by interviews with their companions and close confidants who have seen them grow over the years. The women leaders profiled in the book come from different fields like banking, media, cinema, sports, fashion, philanthropy and industry.


Twenty four women diverse in nature yet with an ability to inspire India is what Gunjan Jain has served us in ‘She Walks, She Leads.’ These women are not those that are hidden from public glare. They have been and still are very much in the limelight. Yet, how much do we know about them? Maybe very little.

Reading the book I was amazed at the amount of research that has gone into the making of this book. As one goes on turning the pages, one finds that one knows very little of these women who have carved a niche for themselves.Not all of them have had it very easy. Most of them have tread the difficult path. Yet it is their undying spirit, their trust in themselves and the trust placed by their near and dear ones that have helped them make it to the top. Their lives, their stories hold much that can inspire not only women but men and children too.

The twenty four women featured here are placed under six categories. While Nita Ambani, Rajasree Birla, Sudha Murty, Yasmeen Premji and Parmeshwar Godrej find a place under ‘Altruism & Other Interests,’ Idra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar, Arnavaz ‘Anu’ Aga, Naina Lal Kidwai, Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw, Zia Mody and Swati Piramal are featured under ‘Corporate, Banking & Law.’ The book also covers Priyanka Chopra, Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi , Kareena Kapoor Khan under ‘Entertainment’ and Anamika Khanna, Ritu Kumar and Jyotsna Darda in ‘Fashion, the Arts & Empowerment.’ While Shobhana Bhartia ans Indu Jain find a place in the section on ‘Media,’ Mary Kom, Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal make it in the ‘Sports’ category.

People often say that fame comes with a price and that price is generally the family. But going through ‘She Walks, She Leads’ one will definitely realize that fame and name can be earned even without sacrificing the family at the altar of success. The women featured in the book are ordinary women no doubt, but they are women of substance who learnt to balance their personal and professional life beautifully. The tributes paid to them by their spouses, children, friends and colleagues speak volumes of their dedication to not only their cause or career but also to their family.

Now coming to the language and style of presentation of the content in the book I’d just like to say, “Wow!” I must say that I’m truly impressed with the Author’s writing skill. The language is simple, crisp and lucid. The flow of words is like a stream of water that gushes forth unhindered. Biographies can be drab if not presented properly. But reading Gunjan Jain one does not feel one is reading a biography or an interview. Instead one feels one is reading a story. The Author certainly knows how to keep the reader hooked.


This book is a testimony to the fact that given free hand women will excel in whatever they take up. They are not just good at the hearth but are good in whatever they take up.

A must read, this book is as engrossing as any action-packed thriller and is truly inspiring.

Do I look forward to reading more of Gunjan Jain?

Definitely! In fact I’d like to request the author to bring out a book on the hidden gems of India, women and men who silently work and inspire those around them.



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An avid reader, a compulsive writer and a thought leader, Gunjan also authors a special series on Leadership for Forbes India. Gunjan belongs to the family conglomerate – The Arissan Group, which is primarily into Media (Aastha Channel), Finance, and Infrastructure.

Gunjan currently lives and works out of Mumbai, India. She Walks, She Leads is her debut book.

To visit her website click HERE
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You can also follow her on twitter. Click HERE



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