Hope you are all doing fine. March is officially here and so are the summers in Mumbai. Each year on March 8th, we celebrate womanhood. It is International Women’s Day, a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world. So, let us come together, acknowledge each other, our quality to nurture, nourish and lead the family. Let us take the spirit of womanhood to another level and enlighten the world with the strength and compassion of women!
In today’s post let me share some of my favorite women authors who have charmed their readers with their writing. While few authors have shocked us with the reality of the world and its mannerisms, many have managed to change our thought processes and portrayed the world through rosy glasses, making us see the goodness in the world.
A. Enid Blyton:
As as a child, who loved reading books, Enid Blyton was the first women author who enhanchanted me with her adventure stories, magical stories, etc. Her stories have always sparkled my imagination and piqued so much curiosity in my mind. Over the years, even though the literary world has revolutionized, Enid Blyton’s books still attract millions of children and adults. The English author faced several criticisms during World War II, as she wrote about racism, sexism and xenophobia through the stories in her books. She was a woman of substance, who withstood all critics and her books reflected her beliefs which is still relevant in today’s world.
B. Agatha Christie
Who doesn’t love Agatha Christie, right? We all grew up reading the unique abilities and sharp observational skills of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot,Agatha Christie’s famous detective characters. She who was known as ‘Queen of Mystery’ and ‘Queen of Crime’. With her writing, she influenced her readers to have a curious, investigative mind. As a child, I remember her books motivating me to question any wrongdoings that happened around me. Many of her books taught me to nip off the hard feelings at the bud stage rather than allowing it to bloom in our minds.
C. Joanne Kathleen Rowling
Joanne Kathleen Rowling, better known as J.K.Rowling took the world by storm when she introduced us to the magical world of Hogwarts. She re-introduced London to us by creating platform 9 ¾, Diagon Alley and a flying car. We muggles, never felt much happier before wishing for the owls to deliver us a letter and getting enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Even today, I get excited when I see Harry Potter books stacked up neatly in bookstores and can’t wait for Ayaansh to grow up to buy him his Harry Potter Collections.
Through her books, J.K.Rowling taught us the power of imagination, she taught us to be resilient and believe in our passion.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni