I received the book Awaken the Durga Within by Usha Narayanan as a review copy from the author via the publisher and would like to thank them both for the same. This book is a must read, an actual go to book for all women.
Awaken the Durga Within is a handy, easy-to-follow guide to help every woman assert themselves at home and work and reclaim their life. As a woman in a patriarchal country like India, they are often held back by family or society; and even education or employment does little to help improve their status.
Bringing in the lesser-known and exciting stories about goddesses from the Hindu mythology, Awaken the Durga Within puts forward practical solutions that can be implemented immediately, without compromising on values and principles. These stories will help invoke the ‘Shakti’ within every woman so as to transform their minds and transcend their limits. Identify the fears holding you back and discover a pithy, three-step process to help you take control of your life and garner respect. Make choices that are right for you and experience the rewards. Discover the true spirit of feminism wherein women are given the same rights, power, and opportunities as men.
As women all us have felt oppressed at one time or another, and this is a must read for everyone. This book is an encouraging book which made me realize that to get work done or to make people fall in line, you need not be submissive or aggressive but you need to be assertive.The author has talked about what we women face in our daily life as working women, as home makers, as young girls. She has talked about the three Cs that we should make a part of our lives: Choose, Create and Change. In most of the chapters, she presents a scenario, followed by the three Cs and then a mythological story followed by lessons learned.
The language is simple and easy to follow, and the book needs to be read with an open mind and also at a slow pace for the things to register. Loved every part of the book and enjoyed the mythological stories, I felt I was reading the Amar Chitra Katha stories in a different light.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.