Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review: Legacy: Letters from Eminent Parents to Their Daughters by Sudha Menon

On the jacket:

A compilation of personal letters from India's most prominent personalities, sharing with us some of their most intimate experiences and profound insights on life 

Narayana Murthy, Chanda Kochhar, Kishore Biyani, Zia Mody, K.V. Kamath, Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra, Ganesh Natrajan, Renuka Ramnath, P.P. Chhabria, Pradeep Bhargava, Deep Anand, Capt. Gopinath, Mallika Sarabhai, Shaheen Mistri, Sanjeev Kapoor, Jatin Das, and Prakash Padukone They say a daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. In Legacy, noted journalist and author Sudha Menon brings forth a rare collection of personal and evocative letters from parents to their daughters. Through their fearless approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles, these icons from the world of business, arts, films, food, and sports share with us their experience and wisdom as they pass them on to their daughters. 

Deeply moving and thought provoking, Legacy is a remarkable collection of life lessons that will delight and inspire at the same time. 


Reading Legacy was a fine experience.  The book is a collection of letter from their eminent parent putting to words, what parents do want to tell their kid(s) but never really sit down and do.

Every chapter in the book begins with telling the reader about the parent in questions, an achiever and someone the society already looks up to for inspiration. Reading about how the likes of Narayana Murthy, Chanda Kochhar, Kishore Biyani, K.V. Kamath, Sanjeev Kapoor, Jatin Das, Prakash Padukone all who started from humble beginnings but struggled their way up, armed with the values their elders had given them.

Some of the letters are specifically touching and the interesting part was, that all these famous parents have one thing common - they are mighty proud of their little girls. And why not, a daughter gives enough reasons to be proud of her, all through her life! What happens often is that we see an eminent personality and all that we see is what they have achieved, and not how they have reached there or what their values are. An insight to the above mentioned successful parents, and the values they are imparting their children, I for one, am seeing the whole lot in a new, positive light.

All these successful parents had few common advices to give, the most common being be firm on your roots and true to yourself.

As a book, a collector's item in my opinion.

Review: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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