Every day presents a challenge, or an opportunity - depending on how you see it - for women as well as men, in career and personal lives.
Now that Coronavirus has transformed our lifestyles, leaving us in uncertainty, many of us are introspecting the various aspects of our lives: career, future at work, relationships, sex, health, diet, and financial independence among them.
One of the best ways to succeed is to be your own teacher, and this is where self-help books come into the picture. These titles, written by Indian women from different walks of life, will help you unlearn and relearn new perspectives, arming you with newfound confidence to take on challenges like never before!
The Love Diet by Shonali Sabherwal
Celebrity nutritionist and chef Shonali Sabherwal ventured into the space of health and nutrition in 2008 through Soulfood. Since then, she has become the preferred choice for A-list stars like Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandes, among others. She has said that her purpose in life is to educate people on how healing happens through food.
Shonali’s book- The Love Diet published by Penguin Random House India - speaks about how a few kitchen ingredients can go a long way in enhancing your relationships. The best-selling book also gives easy-to-follow food and lifestyle changes that are sure to improve your sex life.
Her other published titles include The Beauty Diet and The Detox Diet, both of which received rave reviews.
Untying the Fine Knots by Madhuri Y
The decision to divorce or separate from your partner is not an easy one, since it affects all areas of your life, including finances, family relationships, children, legal hassles, and a lot more. Untying the Fine Knots by author Madhuri Y, will help you navigate through these challenges, and provide you with a fresh perspective on your life ahead.
An alumna of IIM Ahmedabad, Madhuri had dabbled in marketing and business development, before turning into a full-time writer. She has also written a book for children, and has ghost-written three titles on business fiction and non-fiction.
Supertraits of Superstars by Priyanka Sinha Jha
We idolise our favourite film stars, but do we know what sets them apart from the rest? This is exactly what film critic and columnist Priyanka Sinha Jha decodes in her book Supertraits of Superstars. Her book features 11 luminaries from Bollywood, who share their struggles, stories and their secrets to climb the ladder of success, and sustain their reputation.
In her 18-year-long career as a journalist with top publications like Citadel, The Asian Age and Intelligent Investor, Priyanka has written extensively on celebrities, films, and much more. She was only 26 years, when she became the editor of Society, India’s first celebrity magazine. Currently, she works as an a Consultant with Network 18 and Star India.
The Mind Game by Devika Das
It is our mind that controls our emotions, be it happiness, stress, ecstasy, or even depression. That’s exactly what The Mind Game by award-winning poet-author Devika Das is all about. This incredible self-help book claims to be all about actionables that are easy to follow, so much so that readers’ are bound to see a difference almost instantly.
Devika started writing at the age of 13, and then went on to become a blogger in 2008. In 2016, she self-published her first book 7 Vows of Marriage on Amazon Kindle, and has written four other books. Apart from writing, she is also actively involved in theatre in Hyderabad, and has featured in several short films.
Lady You're Not a Man by Apurva Purohit
Entrepreneur and media mogul Apurva Purohit, the President of the Jagran Group (one of India’s largest multimedia conglomerates), is a role model for several women today. But she has dealt with several struggles, both personal and professional, to reach the top. This is what she shares in her book Lady You’re Not A Man- The Adventures of Woman at Work that was published in 2013 by Rupa Publications.
The modern Indian woman wants to achieve success both on the personal and professional front, but none of it is easy. Tight deadlines, demanding children, lazy husbands, difficult in-laws and of course, bosses, make it difficult for women to manoeuvre their way to the top. With this self-help book, Apurva aims to help women to achieve work-home balance through life-real stories and funny anecdotes they can relate to.
Finding Your G-Spot in Life by Geetika Saigal
An MBA and Economics graduate, Geetika has always been an explorer of the unknown, and a believer in self-created destiny. After her corporate and entrepreneurial stint, she decided to take a break and made her debut into writing with Finding Your G-Spot in Life.
We hustle day in and out, without realising what we really want to do. Through Finding Your G-Spot in Life, Geetika helps you rediscover yourself and revamps your life through simple and practical solutions.
It's Up To You by Anju Dhawan
This self-help book by educator, entrepreneur and life coach Anju Dhawan offers teenagers a window into one of the most important lessons in life: that only they are responsible for scripting their life story. It’s Up To You serves as a great starting point for individuals to embark on a journey of transformation and self-reflection. Through this book, Anju offers several easy solutions on how you can become the master of your life.
Anju is the founder and director of SMS Consultants that provides professional services to K-12 schools, including HR management and teacher training, among others. Anju also works with Sashakt, an NGO based in New Delhi.
(Edited by Athira Nair)