BOOK : Unstoppable: 75 Stories of Trailblazing Indian Women
AUTHOR : Gayathri Ponavannan
ILLUSTRATED BY : Mithila Ananth
PAGES : 264
GENRE : NON FICTION
PUBLISHER : HACHETTE INDIA
PUBLICATION DATE : FEBRUARY 2019
RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
SYNOPSIS : Meet the wonder women of Indian history!
They flew planes, swam across oceans, led armies, performed stunts, built cities and captured historic moments on camera, despite being constantly told to stay home, because that’s what ‘good girls’ did.
These were women who dared to dream and worked hard to turn their dreams into reality, who shaped their own destinies and refused to let anyone tell them what to do.
Featuring the amazing adventures of Janaki Ammal, Rani Abbakka, Nadia Wadia, Sarla Sharma Thakral, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and many others, Unstoppable is a collection of 75 power-packed stories of the extraordinary Indian women who broke the rules to change the world around them for the better.
MY REVIEW : Unstoppable by Gayathri Ponavannan features seventy-five of India’s fiercest woman warriors that honored our country’s past by their bravery and willpower. What makes Unstoppable stand out from other works of non-fiction showcasing women is that it has taken into account not only the popularly celebrated women that we have heard of at some point of our lives, but also lesser known heroines that often lose their names in the vast history of India.
It is a delight getting to know how these women fought for their place in the society, breaking barriers and contributing their part in making the India that is today. Ranging from the spheres of science,art,medicine,literature,India’s freedom fighters etc these women have been handpicked and this proves the versatility of the feminine gender. Every account of these women is bound to fill you with shimmering pride and respect for the female gender in general.
Every story is short and different from the other and even so you can connect with the lives of these women as they are stitched together by a thread of undeterred confidence and the quality of never giving up.
Apart from their achievements,for which we know them today, the author also gives us a brief note on what they sacrificed , what work they did to accomplish it and that is what I liked about the book the best.
I have already read a bunch of books that focuses on woman pioneers of the world but they rarely carry a story about such daring queens of India. Unstoppable has now filled up this vacant space and I urge every women and men alike to pick this book up not only to read about these female fighters but also about the role of these women in shaping the ever glorious history of India.
My personal favorite was Sabitribai Phule, who set up the first school for women and Bikaji Cama who was the first person to fly a prototype of our Indian tricolor in Stugart ,Germany.
A solid 5stars from me.