Wednesday, 22 November 2017

#BookReview: Battling Injustice 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates by Supriya Vani

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Title: Battling Injustice 16 Women Peace Laureates 
Author: Supriya Vani 
Published On: 24th October 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India 
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9789351778332


Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Shirin Ebadi – these women and others like them shaped the history of their peoples through their fight against political persecution, social deprivation and gender discrimination. The Nobel Peace Prize memorializes their achievements and courage and ability to inspire hope in others. Through the life portraits of sixteen women Nobel Peace laureates, peace activist and journalist Supriya Vani argues that the fate of the world is inextricably tied to the emancipation of women and that the cause of world peace urgently requires women leaders.


The cover page of the book is very simple and heartwarming. It is in white colour having an image of the Bird of Peace at the top. The title and the author's name is imprinted in maroon and golden colours. Overall, a very decent and attractive cover page. 


Battling Injustice 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates is an authentic record of women's cultural history, told through the lives of some of the most remarkable women since modernity. The Foreword for the book is by Kailash Satyarthi,Indian activist and a Nobel Peace prize Laureate. Supriya Vani in the book  gives the detailed descriptions of 16 Women Nobel peace Laureates such as Malala Yousafzai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Shirin Ebadi, Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, and various others.

Supriya Vani is a peace activist and an international Journalist and these stories are a result of her six years painstaking research and many interviews, just to show how much is there to learn from these laureates. The author gives life stories of these laureates and the various problems they faced while working for the betterment of the society. The book is written in a very simple language and in such a manner that the reader can easily get attached to it. There are pictures of the laureates as well as their famous sayings or quotes. I really liked the personal notes that the author has written towards the end of each Laureate.

Overall, there is so much to learn from these brave women who have worked so much for the community. I usually don't read non fiction as I am more of a fiction reader but the title of the book itself dragged me to read this and know about these brave hearts. I was not known about the conditions through which they went through and how they worked but through this book I got to know so much about them. An amazing piece of work which not only gives learning but also inspire to do something remarkable for the world. I thank the author Supriya Vani for this inspiring and encouraging book.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 

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' When the whole world is silent Even one voice becomes powerful.'
                                                 - Malala Yousafzai

' We have a long long way to go. So let us hasten along the road. The road of human tenderness and generosity.' - Emily Greene Balche 

' It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.'
                                                - Aung San Suu Kyi

' We can work together for a better worldwith men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.' 
                                               - Wangari Maathai 


Supriya Vani is a Human Rights defender, an International Journalist and an author. She has interviewed a galaxy of Nobel Peace Laureates and her motive is to inspire people to work for peace. She is also the advisory board member of The Hague Justice Portal and The Peace, Justice and Security Foundation in the Hague.

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