The pen is mightier than the sword. And the literary word continues to be the highest form of ammo in the crusade against patriarchy. After all, education is the stepping stone to eliminating all evils. A woman may be bound within 4 walls of a house, but give her a book and you’re giving her the passport to fly.
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
A brief history of humankind that makes it obvious how miniscule our time here is. Embrace ignorance, let it liberate you and explore the power that each of us has in making a difference.
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
Set towards the end of 19th century; meet Edna Pontellier, whose progressive views on feminism clashes with her marriage, motherhood and the social compasses of Southern America.
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
An autobiographical novel in the form of a graphic comic (BD), this one based in 2000-2004 depicts the author’s childhood-early adulthood and how it was shaped by and during the Islamic Revolution.
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
A non-fiction book from 1930 to 1960, it follows the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who overcame discrimination to work as mathematician-computers in NASA.
Those Pricey Thakur Girls – Anuja Chauhan
From the sparkling prodigy in the desi rom-com genre, this book tackles a posh New Delhi family with 5 daughters. A laid back work of fiction, it also delves into the inherent diversity in women and how that’s important!