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Jyotsna Darda

Jyotsna Darda

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Gunjan Jain
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On 23 March 2013, Jyotsna Darda lost her battle to cancer. Thousands of women thronged to pay their last respects in Mumbai and thousands more came together in Nagpur—all members of the Sakhi Manch, Darda’s organization to help women by giving them the means and confidence to start small-scale enterprises.

It was while working for the differently-abled in a deprived neighbourhood in Nagpur that Darda saw first-hand how hard and oppressive the lives of women in the lower strata of society could be. Like many people who are faced with a reality different from their own, Darda too could have done her bit for charity and retreated to her privileged life. Instead, she started Sakhi Manch.

In one of the most stimulating profiles, Gunjan Jain discovers what it is, besides simplicity, serenity, humility and willpower that made Darda the icon of women empowerment.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2018

Length : 11 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Jyotsna Darda

(Penguin Petit)

Gunjan Jain

On 23 March 2013, Jyotsna Darda lost her battle to cancer. Thousands of women thronged to pay their last respects in Mumbai and thousands more came together in Nagpur—all members of the Sakhi Manch, Darda’s organization to help women by giving them the means and confidence to start small-scale enterprises.

It was while working for the differently-abled in a deprived neighbourhood in Nagpur that Darda saw first-hand how hard and oppressive the lives of women in the lower strata of society could be. Like many people who are faced with a reality different from their own, Darda too could have done her bit for charity and retreated to her privileged life. Instead, she started Sakhi Manch.

In one of the most stimulating profiles, Gunjan Jain discovers what it is, besides simplicity, serenity, humility and willpower that made Darda the icon of women empowerment.

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Gunjan Jain

Gunjan Jain is a bestselling author, investment banker and lifelong student of mindfulness. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in economics and finance, and has earned her master's in wealth management from the Cass Business School, City, University of London (UK).
Gunjan also holds a diploma in image management from the London Image Institute as well as the Academy of Image Mastery in Singapore. She has received a diploma in international etiquette and protocol from the
Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland. She also holds a master practitioner's degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the Society of NLP (USA).
She has completed a study abroad session at the London School of Economics and Political Science, studying economics and management as part of her undergraduate studies. In May 2017, Gunjan was felicitated with the WEF 2017 Award for 'Women of the Decade in Community Leadership' for her inspirational journey and work on She Walks, She Leads. She has also been honoured with the Award De Excellencia at the Women Excellence Awards by World Peace and Diplomacy Organization (WPDO) in 2017 and a WCRC Leaders Asia's Pride For Women award for Author of the Year in 2016.
Gunjan is currently working on her first work of fiction, which is a tale of love, loss and redemption. She is also working on a book that aims to help women pursue success without having to compromise on other aspects of their lives, and to establish a deeper connection with their own selves. Gunjan enjoys travelling and has been to thirty-two countries so far; she hopes to strike them all off her list someday. She divides her time between her homes in Mumbai and Kolkata, and enjoys reading when she isn't writing.

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