Here, we are with the next series of Books, the autobiographies of the World Leaders and the pioneers of their specialised fields. Their stories, struggles, abilities to deal with hardships, and the way they perceive the world will be for sure an inspiration for the young minds.
1. A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM – The autobiography of Nelson Mandela and his struggle to make Africa a better place and remove apartheid from the country will certainly make the realize the passion and devotion one needs to change the system and alter the suffocating-existing norms .
“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”.
“We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.
2. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRDS SING – The readers will witness the life story of Maya Angelou and her struggle with self-acceptance, belonging and racism in the society to which she belonged.
“Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse”.
3. BECOMING – Raised from nothing and going on to become everything as a person, Michelle Obama has constantly been my ideal — someone whose resilience and strength I have looked upto, someone I have clinged on to desperately when the goings got tough. Hers is a voice that is so contemporary and hitting. (review by Monika, a literature freak).
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”
4. THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENT WITH TRUTH – The story of Mahatma Gandhi and his way to ‘satya’ and ‘satyagrah’ will hit the mind of ‘how important it is to be true to yourself and near and dear ones’.
“Yet even differences prove helpful, where there are tolerance, charity and truth”.
Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the man nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy”.
5. THE STORY OF MY LIFE – The first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Helen Keller is definitely the inspiration of all time.
“I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly”.
6. I AM MALALA – A Pakistani teenager born in Mingora, Pakistan stood for Right to Education for girls. Her journey is indeed an inspiration.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
7. AMAR MEYEBELA (MY GIRLHOOD: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY) – Set in the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, this book recollects Taslima Nasrin’s early years. From her birth on a holy day to the dawn of womanhood at fourteen to her earliest memories that alternate between scenes of violence, memories of her pious mother, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the trauma of molestation and the beginning of a journey that redefined her world, My Girlhood is a tour de force. (Overview by Penguin Classics)
8. ENTE KATHA (MY STORY) – Considered a feminist classic, it unfolds the story of Kamla Das, her quest for freedom and the struggles she faced while pursuing her literary career.
“Wipe out the paints, unmould the clay, Let nothing remain of that yesterday”.
9. DAUGHTER OF THE EAST – The journey of the first female prime minister in an Islamic Nation, the book will make readers aware of one of the most talented, passionate and educated women leaders of all time, Benazir Bhutto.
10. WINGS OF FIRE – The autobiography examines early life and the hardships of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Kalam penned down his journey to the Indian Space Research, nuclear and missile program.
“We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness”.
Happy Reading Readers