- Language: English
- Genre: Non Fiction
- Pages: 512 pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Supriya Vani
- Publishing Date: 24th October,2017
- Publisher: Harper Collins India
- ISBN-10: 9351778339
- ISBN-13: 978-9351778332
Before I start discussing this book, I want to say that I am essentially a fiction reader. So when I began reading Battling Injustice, I thought it will take me a month to finish this book. But I was absolutely mistaken in my assumption. This book was perfect for starting Nonfiction November. It took me exactly two days to finish this 512 page book. This one is definitely part of my Top Five Favorite Books of 2017.
Foreword of the book is penned by Kailash Satyarthi. Supriya Vani’s book chronicles the life of sixteen female Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who devoted their life to make this planet a more peaceful place to live. The first woman to win Nobel Peace Prize was Bertha Von Suttner. She won this award in 1905. After that, fifteen legendary women have won this prestigious award for their perseverance and hard work. Ms. Vani starts the book from most recent recipient Malala Yousoufzai and goes back to the first recipient Ms. Von Suttner.
While reading this book I had this epiphany that there are so many brilliant people in this world who dedicate every day of their life for the betterment of this world and I know next to nothing about them. I spend my time reading about fictional characters who save their mythic world. But when it comes to reading about real, unsung flesh and blood heroes, I am unintentionally negligent. They are the champions who rile up support for humanitarian causes and inspire us to become a better person. They restore our faith in humanity and yet I know so little about them. It reminded me of French author and philosopher Voltaire’s famous quote, “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more I am certain that I know nothing.”
This book is a result of six years of painstaking research. Ms. Vani met all the living female peace prize winners and took their interview for her book. She visited many national & international institutes to obtain information about the Nobel laureates who bid farewell to this world. Every page of her book is a true testament to hope and inspiration.
Before reading this book, I had this notion in my head that to work for greater good, one must sacrifice everything. Though it holds true for most of the cases, women like Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee proved that one can take care of their family and also work for the betterment of their nation simultaneously.
We try to hide behind the veil of fear, family, liability, duty, lack of time & money etc. Most of us spend our lives dissatisfied with reality and focused on trivial pursuits. We try to fill our life with diversions. With the help of this book, I hope that we all can rise up and do something meaningful in life, so that the future generations can be proud of us.
I will definitely recommend this book to every person across the globe. Read this book when you feel disheartened and it will boost your morale. Read it when you feel over-confident and it will teach you humility. Read it when you are lonely and you won’t feel alone in this world. Every time you reread it you will be able to learn something new.
My Rating 5/5
Thank you Harper Collins India for sending this book to me for review. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I congratulate the author for writing such a phenomenal book.