About SWSL

An anthology of biographies, She Walks She Leads tells the story of 26 dynamic women leaders of India and the long and hard journey they have each undertaken to make it to where they stand today. Each story has been shared personally with the author, Gunjan Jain, and authorised by each personality. The women profiled span fields including business, sports, arts and media and comprise icons such as Nita Ambani, Parmeshwar Godrej, Rajashree Birla, Sudha Murty, Yasmeen Premji, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Indra Nooyi, Zia Mody, Chanda Kochhar, Anu Aga, Naina Lal Kidwai, Swati Piramal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Shobhana Bhartia, Indu Jain, Anjolie Ela Menon, Mallika Sarabhai, Jyotsna Darda, Anamika Khanna, Ritu Kumar, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, and Mary Kom.

Through meticulous interviews, each story has been painstakingly put together by its author. This book is unique in the way it provides a rare window into the lives of these extraordinary women and the constant battles they have fought and continue to fight. In addition, based on several meetings with people associated with them – professionally and personally – the author has lent a unique dimension to the narrative. For example, Zia Mody’s portrait contains interviews with her father Soli Sorabjee, mother Zena Soli Sorabjee, husband Jaydev Mody, and partner Bahram Vakil, besides Anil Agarwal, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sunil Mittal, Deepak Parekh, Gita Piramal and Cyril Shroff.

She Walks, She Leads does not eulogise the women featured on the basis of net worth. It, in fact, revisits every impossible struggle, every hard lesson, every defeat faced, every revival – so that each of these success stories may, in turn, inspire many, many more.