‘SHE WALKS, SHE LEADS’

A book on women who inspire India by debutant author Gunjan Jain
Photos by Kabir M Ali

An avid reader who is also a compulsive writer, a thought leader, often sharing her discernment at public forums, Gunjan Jain along with Penguin Random House India today launched her debut book – She Walks, She Leads in Mumbai. The book is an anthology of 24 women achievers who are at the pinnacle of their profession. The anthology is likely to be the first of its kind in the global publishing industry to feature over 150+ leaders who have authorised their presence and is likely to be in Guinness for its achievements. The first copy of the book is releasing on 15th of August 2016 and will be available at all the leading bookstores across India for Rs. 799.

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Ms. Nita Ambani and Mr. Deepak Parekh supported the launch event in the city and invited their key guests for the evening. Some of the prominent faces in attendance were Mr. Shahrukh Khan, Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Ms. Isha Ambani, Mr. Anant Ambani, Mr. Akash Ambani, Ms. Anupama Chopra, Ms. Chhaya Momaya, Mr. Gautam Singhania, Ms. Nandita Das, Ms. Parmeshwar Godrej, Ms. Rajashree Birla, Mr. Subhash Chandra, Ms. Zia Mody, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla & Ms. Chanda Kochhar etc. The evening kicked off with welcome remarks and opening speech by Ms. Nita Ambani and Mr. Ajay Piramal followed by book unveiling and book reading by Ms. Swati Piramal. This was trailed by a panel discussion with Mr. Ajay Piramal, Mr. Adi Godrej and Mr. Suhel Seth on ‘The Pursuit of Success: Do men and women do it differently?’

She Walks, She Leads, covers 24 women across 24 chapters, each based on extensive interviews with the protagonist and enlivened with the views and comments by her professional associates, peers, friends and family members. More than 130 leading personalities from a wide range of professions have lent their voices on these featured women providing rare insights of their life and considerably enrich their stories.
Women featured in book are Ms. Nita Ambani, Ms. Sudha Murty, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, Ms. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ms. Sania Mirza, Ms. Saina Nehwal, Ms. Indira Nooyi, Ms. Mary Kom, Ms. Parameshwar Godrej, Ms. Rajashree Birla, Ms. Yasmeen Premji, Ms. Anu Aga, Ms. Chanda Kochhar, Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Ms. Zia Mody, Ms. Swati Piramal, Ms. Shabana Azmi, Ms. Mira Nair, Ms. Anamika Khanna, Ms. Ritu Kumar, Ms. Jyotsna Darda, Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, and Ms. Indu Jain.

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“I am delighted to be part of the launch of She Walks, She Leads, which is a remarkable collection of stories about Women who inspire India. I am glad to see a book that acknowledges strong women leaders and their contribution towards the society, from various walks of life like business, art, sports and media. I believe that successful women must be recognized not only because they deserve appreciation but it also encourages other women to face all odds and emerge as successful and confident personalities. Gunjan Jain has a fine ability to express the finest nuances of one’s life for inspiration for all.” Says, Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Group.

“I have always believed that women have the ability to inspire change to make the world a better place through the multiple roles they play. Gunjan has beautifully crafted different roles of 24 women achievers in her book – stories that exemplify their commitment to excellence in whatever they do and which can inspire a whole generation of women. Congratulations to every woman featured in this book.” Says, Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation.

After immense hard work and meeting with connoisseurs from all walks of life, Gunjan Jain says, “I am thrilled to launch my first book. It’s always been my dream to be an author and inspire people, especially women since I was very close to my mother. Meeting with so many dynamic professionals and writing this book has been a prodigious experience all together. Interacting with the women achievers of India and learning about their stories has been of great privilege. I have immense gratitude for them to take out time from their busy schedules to make my debut book a success.”

Gunjan Jain interviewed more than 130 heads of leading businesses and corporate houses, statesmen and professional personalities who have given their personal views on the woman achiever concerned. Some of the icons who have contributed their thoughts in the book are Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji, Narayana Murthy, Adi Godrej, Kumar Managalam Birla, Narayanan Vaghul, KV Kamath, Sunil Mittal, Raghav Bhal, Subhash Chandra, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Sanjiv Goenka, Nandan Nilekani, Dr Vishal Sikka, KV Kamath, Ronnie Screwvala, Ajay Piramal, Anand Mahindra, Cyril Shroff, Vijay Mallya, Yuvraj Singh, Sonam Kapoor, Sachin Tendulkar, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Akash and Isha Ambani and many others.