Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#BookReview: Breaking News : A Woman in a Man's World by Kamla Mankekar

On the jacket:

Breaking News: A Woman in a Mans World chronicles Kamla Mankekars experiences as one of the first women journalists in India. Engagingly written, Breaking News vividly portrays the struggles of a woman in a primarily male-dominated profession while recording the cultural and social changes that marked the pivotal decades of Indias history. The book depicts the hopeful years of a newly-born nation, the despair and resilience of those who came to India as refugees after Partition, the cultural ferment of the 1950s and 1960s, the political turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s and the social transformations of the present moment. It offers readers a splendid view of the momentous events that have led to the present.  In recounting anecdotes of her encounters with newspaper editors and proprietors, refugees and social activists, actors, playwrights, musicians and poets, industrialists, politicians and ordinary people, the author creates sparkling portraits of the people who have shaped modern India.


It's not easy for a woman to survive in a man's world that we live in. But things are getting better, women are streaming ahead and while are moving shoulder-to-shoulder, some are zipping ahead of the men. And contrary to common belief, no, it;s not easy for a woman. It's very difficult, men cannot tolerate a woman being better at them and women are jealous. So a woman who wants to excel in her line of work has it tough from both side.

Author Kamal Mankerkar is a journalist, an industry dominated by men for years. Look around and most of the big names in every section of the media are men. With specks of woman, here and there. 

Mankerkar, in her book Breaking News, has out up the turmoils women have to face in this  Interesting, to say the least, this book is an eye opener even for someone like me, who has been in the industry for close to a decade now. And along with this, the book also talks about India and how it developed post independence.

A serious, yet delightful read. One needs to give this book a go.

Rating: ****/5

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

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