A few weeks ago, a cousin in the USA, got this book from Amazon India through me for her little girl kids. The book is titled “The Dot that went for a walk” containing 51 short stories written by Sarada Akkineni, Reema Gupta and Lakshmi Nambiar and published by Caterpillar Wing. On opening the book, I realised it was a special book – every story was about extraordinary women from India including artists, scientists, politicians, and many more. It even had activity charts!

Activity chart - list your role model and the profession
Activity chart – list your role model and the profession

At Rs.649, the book is not cheap, but it is a hardbound coffee table style book that is worth every penny spent. A must-read by every kid, get it, especially if you have young boys!

A few of the short stories - Dr V Shanta, Tessy Thomas, Mary Kom & Indra Nooyi
 A few of the short stories – Dr V Shanta, Tessy Thomas, Mary Kom & Indra Nooyi
To give and not to take: this is Dr V Shanta's motto. The 89-year-old is the co-founder of Chennai's Cancer Institute. When she entered Madras Medical School in the 1940s there were only 10 girls out of 100 students in her batch. Her advice to students? Look beyond academics, beyond narrow walls, to what is happening in the wider world. 
To give and not to take: this is Dr V Shanta’s motto. The 89-year-old is the co-founder of Chennai’s Cancer Institute. When she entered Madras Medical School in the 1940s there were only 10 girls out of 100 students in her batch. Her advice to students? Look beyond academics, beyond narrow walls, to what is happening in the wider world. 

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