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Like a Girl

Real Stories for Tough Kids
Written by: Aparna Jain
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
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Do you ever get the feeling that girls have it less easy than boys? Have you been told to behave 'like a girl’? That you should learn to cook and be nice and keep your legs crossed?  

Well, here are the stories of 56 women who broke the rules to forge new paths for themselves and others.  

Adventurous and ambitious, they fought battles and legal cases. They won elections and matches. They climbed mountains and mastered science. Best of all, they never stopped chasing their dreams.  

Hear about them. Talk about them. Get inspired.  

And go change the world!

©2018 Aparna Jain (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Omissions,commissions and criminals as role models

Perhaps there exists a parallel universe in which facts don't matter, where questionable people with questionable ethics are deemed role models, and where toxic agendas are the only noble pursuit. Perhaps this book was written in such a parallel universe.

I doubt if anyone would question the inclusion of such super-achievers like Homai Vyaravala, Lakshmi Sahgal, Kishori Amonkar, or M.S. Subbulakshmi.

Curious, however, are some of the other inclusions. Take Gauri Lankesh, for instance. A journalist who was shot dead by unknown assailants in Bangalore in 2017, she was a self-professed Urban Naxal. Urban Naxals are urban dwellers who support Naxal ideology. In case you're wondering, an accurate picture of Naxals is thus: they killed a "four-month-old baby in a Jan Adalat in front of her mother as her father was a suspected police informer." It was estimated that Naxals have murdered more than nine-thousand civilians and three thousand policemen in the last twenty years. Urban Naxals themselves have proudly called for the dismemberment of India, chanting, "Bharat tere tukde honge, Insha-Allah, Insha-Allah" and expressed sorrow at the hanging of convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was found guilty of conspiracy in the terrorist attack on the Indian parliament in 2001.

Gauri Lankesh herself was convicted of defamation and sentenced to six months in prison in 2016. Should such a person be a role model for youngsters, or for anyone, anywhere for that matter? Should a chapter devoted to Gauri Lankesh not inform budding women about this aspect of her life?

Or take the case of activist Teesta Setalvad. This is what the book tells us about the communal riots of 2002 - "In 2002 there was a wave of communal violence in the form of anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat." Now, let's look at what happened - on the morning of Feb 27, 2002, a train carrying mostly Hindu pilgrims was stopped outside the station of Godhra (a suburb of Ahmedabad) where a mob of about two-thousand Muslims had collected. They locked the train compartments, poured flammable liquid and set fire, burning alive 59 Hindus, including men, women, and children. This was the trigger for communal violence that rocked the state in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed.

An investigation revealed that Teesta had taken money meant for the victims of this communal violence in Gujarat and spent it on such things as "hair styling expenses ... during her trips to Rome and Pakistan" as well as on "purely personal items such as earbuds, wet wipes, nail clippers, ladies personal items, several books including romantic novels like Mills and Boon and thrillers like Total Control, Blackberry phone..." (link). In 2014, Teesta Setalvad tweeted an image (link) where a portrait of Hindu Goddess Kali had been morphed on a terrorist's body and "another ISIS terrorist is depicted with the Sudarshan Chakra(the weapon used by the Hindu god Vishnu)."

If such a person is seen as a role model by the author raises disturbing questions. That the book does not include any of these details about Teesta also says something.

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Kids should read such books

All the kids, no matter which gender, should definitely read such books. This will tell them that hardships and challenges are part of life and successful people are successful because they overcome those challenges. They would also understand from the beginning to respect gender choice, to not make fun of any disease and will know when someone says 'NO' than it's no, and forcing yourself on anyone is harassment or rape ...

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Very Inspiring

My daughter enjoyed listening to every story. Its a great listen as a bed time story or a morning dose of inspiration for kids. We actually need to know our girls better. This book is a great work at this insight. Recommended for children

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