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Where are the stories of strong Asian women? A new book offers them
By Barfi Culture Team
17th October 2018

In 2015, Raj Khaira founded a project called Pink Ladoo, to encourage and support Asian families for having baby girls. Now she has a bigger aim: to encourage Asian girls everywhere to aim higher.

She is now the author and editor of a new book titled 'Stories for South Asian Supergirls' - which contains 50 stories to "inspire the next generation of South Asian Super Women".

The book is being published by Kashi House, which earlier published 'Empire of the Sikhs' and '1984: India's Guilty Secret'.

The book brings together stories of women from across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"South Asian girls will have a chance to dream about lives for themselves that radically differ from the limited narratives written for them by their culture, wider society and the media," says the book's publicity.

Stories include that of prominent suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh, British WW2 war hero Noor Inayat Khan, booker prize winner Arundhati Roy, and the world's first elected woman PM, Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

The book aims to "redress the imbalance for young girls of color by empowering them to break new ground for themselves" says the author.

The biographies are also illustrated by South Asian women artists, making this book a collector’s item in its own right.

You can pre-order the book from here.





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