As a child we hear stories from our grandparents, later we read them throughout one’s life from various sources. These stories and experiences are my own during my journey through this life. The reader can laugh or cry; believe or disbelieve the narrative but cannot be indifferent and ignore. Change is the only phenomenon which is ever happening throughout millions of years. In a subtle way, the changes within me and the environment, are brought out.
This book tells us about a young girl’s dream to excel against all odds in the then prevailing social milieu. The stark contrast with today’s scene is depicted. Hope you enjoy the comparisons and contrasts. The book opens with a prayer to Lord Venkateswara or Balaji. Life at Tirupati brings out the grandeur of this rich temple town as it was then. Family tree elaborates the strict patriarchial society where women have least importance.
Tough decisions talks about the obstacles faced by the young girl and how she overcomes them. The most talked about, discussed in every forum are gender issues. Gender brings out the contrast between male and female at all levels from cradle to grave. Women have to work many times harder to prove their worth in any sphere.
Read for yourself and enjoy.
About the Author
Air Marshal Padma Bandopadhyay is India’s first Lady Air Marshall and a Padma Shri awardee 2020. She pioneered the entry of women into the field of Aerospace Medicine. A proud recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award. Hers is a story of grit, of determination and of courage to overcome the obstacles that lay in her way.
The BBC commemorates her and her husband as the first couple in the world to be conferred the Vishisht Seva Medal at the same time, for their service during the 1971 war. She was also the first Indian woman to conduct pioneering research in the icy Arctic to evaluate the responses of tropically-acclimatised Indian soldiers in those biting cold conditions.