Suggested By: Dr Mahul Brahma
#BalanceforBetter the theme for International Women's Day 2019
Bookaholicanonymous believes collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is the key. Today, let’s celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women-while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
In this journey men also have an important role to play. So, we asked Dr Mahul Brahma to give us a list of books he thinks every man and woman should read to charter a journey together!
by Simone de Beauvoir
It is a revolutionary statement by Simone stating that values can’t be based on physiology alone and thus has to be viewed in light of the ontological, economic, social, and physiological context. This book is the starting point of second wave feminism.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
On International Women's Day, this book will give the courage to say no to conventions and fight for your dream.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It charts the emotional development of the protagonist Elizabeth Benet, taking the reader through her realizations in life and how she pays a heavy price for her hasty judgements. Finally, she turns wiser and comes to appreciate the difference between superficial and essential. The humour lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Britain.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Put yourself above everyone else, even if it is love – this is the core lesson from the story. The story of a woman fighting all odds to live a richer life than allowed in a traditional Victorian society is an inspirational read for the woman of 21st century.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This book traces the story of a successful, talented and independent woman’s descent into insanity. Esther's story of mental and emotional breakdown will connect with many women today.
About Dr Mahul Brahma: He is an author, luxury commentator and columnist. His two books Dark Luxe and Decoding Luxe are on the evolution of luxury in India and chronicles its dark side. He is an award-winning communicator and heads CSR, Corporate Communications and Branding for a Tata group company. He is an aulmni of MICA, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, IIM Calcutta and St Xavier's College. He is an avid golfer.
Bookaholicanonymous thanks Mahul for taking out time from his busy schedule to give us this very relatable listing! Keep writing, keep inspiring!