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When it came out in 2013, it was a national bestseller. As 'Lady, You’re Not A Man – The Adventures of a Woman at Work' goes into print for the 20th edition, we get you a sneak peek into the many gems of wisdom, witty anecdotes and quotable quotes, this book is studded with.
The author, Apurva Purohit, also happens to be the group President of Jagran Prakashan Ltd. Through the book, Apurva attempts to address the challenges of the modern working woman drawing inspiration from her own path of success. She has maintained a candid tone throughout the book, interspersing it with fun personal stories.
The inspiration behind the book is the woman of today who is struggling to juggle the two roles of being a homemaker and a career woman. Guiding women on the path of balance with a practical take, the author has given a guide on how to make it happen. The best part about the book is that it does not just advocate ideas as Apurva has shared real-life incidents that you can totally identify with.
While other books about career women sound preachy, ‘Lady You’re Not A Man…’ is a witty and practical take on gender equality as well. As evident from its title, it takes up the issue of societal gender inequalities between men and women, telling women to embrace their feminine side, stop trying to attain a certain image and stop being apologetic about it.
Apurva laments the dearth of women leaders in today’s world. While there is no need to be boastful about being a woman, she should wear her gender as a badge in case she wants to inspire young women into managing leadership roles.
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Whenever, women rise up to assert gender equality, they are dubbed feminists and that too in a derogatory way! Perhaps that’s the reason why Apurva refuses to be dubbed a feminist as such terms categorise women and her personality of a mentor who does not seek to put women on a special pedestal but rather encourage them to earn their place shines through in the book.
She tackles the obsolete and toxic side of feminism too as she talks about bra-burning and women still portraying themselves as damsels in distress.
'Lady, You’re Not A Man’ highlights the strengths that women bring to the table and how they can use those strengths to not only climb the professional ladder but also play their role of being a nurturer successfully. It’s also about reassuring women, that they are all going through the same grind and facing the same issues so it makes sense to find a balance by foregoing the why-is-this-happening-to-me mindset to be successful.
The book is also about reassuring women, that they are all going through the same grind and facing the same issues so it makes sense to find a balance by foregoing the why-is-this-happening-to-me mindset to be successful.