Before I begin with this review, let’s take a minute to recapitulate all the things we do in a day.
Wake up. Check notifications. Comb hair. Wash face. Have breakfast. Run off to school/college/work/classes. Do some household chores. Chat with friends. Prepare meals. Read a book. Watch TV. Check out the latest Netflix star show. Sleep. Rewind.
And in between all these mundane things, we may end up talking to our near and dear ones / friends on these lines, “You know what? I feel really compassionate for XYZ cause. I wish I could do more to help this cause. I wish I could dedicate my time, but I’m so busy. I wish I could dedicate some money, but I’m broke. I wish I could talk about this to a greater audience, but I have a fear of public speaking. *Sigh* *pause* So, wanna catch a movie tonight?”
I’m damn sure that the thought you so passionately spoke about among your friends may have occupied your mind just for those couple of minutes. The moment the social need to be supportive of a cause ended, your enthusiasm for that cause ended too. And then you searched for a new pursuit for your wandering mind. Of course, it’s not your mistake that you behave in such a manner. All of us fall prey to the same problem.
But what if I told you that there were 16 women who graced this earth with their beautiful personas, their dedication to a cause as high as a mountain peak, their willingness to sacrifice everything which could shake the earth, their resilience to personal tragedies which made them formidable, their hearts of gold which shines out to their near and dear ones and the world alike?
“Battling Injustices: 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates” by Supriya Vani is a book that brings the stories of these 16 women to light. This book enlightens our minds to the possibility of doing more than what we do everyday. It also shows us avenues where we can provide help, and encourage others to do so too. It teaches you to humble yourself and get to the ground level and get things done, not for yourself, but for the whole humanity at large.
The stories of Malala Yousafzai, who almost gave her life for girl’s education in Pakistan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who entered the dangerous world of politics to save her country Liberia’s falling economic conditions, Leymah Gbowee, who inspire of her broken personal relationships, roused women of all races together to fight against the dictators of Liberia, Tawakkol Karman, who fought for equal rights for women in Yemen, Wangari Maathai, who toiled hard and gathered people for a single cause of saving the deforested lands of Kenya, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, who inspire of losing her job and endangering her family decided to lead a revolution against the Iranian government… All these stories and many more shook me. They made me wonder whether everything I had done in these 19 years ever made sense from a global perspective. Did my stupid rantings and shouting ever make a difference? Did I ever stand up for a worthy cause? Did I make sure my voice was heard when it needed to be heard?
And so, with a humble heart, I request you to read this book. Share it with your friends. Read each word with meaning. Devour each chapter daily. Make the best of this book. Do something, anything that will make a difference not only to this whole world, but also to the generations to come.
It could be as simple as refusing to pay a bribe, to as great as volunteering for a social cause you identify with. The spectrum is wide, and there’s a lot of work yet to be done. Take inspiration from these 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates, and also be hopeful just like them. If they could overcome threats by the government and military, personal tragedy and inhumane suffering, we can too.
I give this book a 5/5 star rating, and recommend this book specially to every teenager.
Thank you HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of this book. I congratulate the author, Supriya Vani, on the superb execution of this book. ⭐