Published: Dec 15,201807:15 AM by Merin James
September 18, 2018
The other commonality among the 30 engineers featured in the book is that they all graduated from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai (See photo above in this review). Chennai is thought to be more conservative than other metropolitan areas, but the earliest women engineers in India have been from this institution. We have all seen the pictures of the women engineers in Sarees working in ISRO celebrating the successful Mars mission. This book is the story of how it all started.The stories of these engineers is relevant not just for those interested in entering Engineering. If you want to do anything new – breaking new ground, fighting the odds and persevering to your goals – regardless of the gender, these are the stories to get inspired from. The author deserves kudos for bring us these.
3 October 2018
The book details Indian Women’s journey into Technology from the beginning i.e. 75 years ago.
These women pioneers’ lives sure has motivated several.
This book would now help motivate so many others, not just in India but also in Several conservative societies in the world, especially so in all developing and underdeveloped economies
Ms. Shanta Mohan needs to be thanked and complimented for this publication.
G Narayan Rao
October 20, 2018
So absorbing. It is always a reader’s delight when the contents of a book is well structured, well researched, and well-written. Good bowling/pitching, good batting, good fielding, and a knowledgeable commentator makes an enjoyable ballgame.
As an alumnus of CEG, I always wondered how these women pioneers felt in the then male-dominated institution. It is so gratifying to read they each had an illustrious engineering career. When I visited the CEG campus in 2016, it seemed so co-educational. One more proud feather in the cap of our visionary poet Bharathi who was w.a.a.a.y ahead of his time in every one of his passionate predictions.
October 8, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 22, 2018
October 22, 2018
As an alumna of CEG, I often wondered how the women ahead of me fared in their professional and personal lives. Further, it was nostalgic to read about the stories of my immediate seniors and hostel mates, Nalini Uhrig, Shantha Mohan, Radha Murthy and Rajeswari Mariappan.
Kudos to the author for documenting these stories for future generation to emulate. The stories of these extraordinary women is relevant to not just for those interested in entering Engineering or for just for women, but for anyone keen on making/breaking new ground, to reach one’s goals against all odds regardless of gender if one shows courage, determination, discipline and resilience just as these women did. This book should be a recommended book for school and community libraries.
22 October 2018
January 18, 2019
As a woman STEM professional whose mind has turned towards the history of feminism in India, I approached this book from a slightly different perspective. The exhaustive research done by Ms. Mohan does more than tell inspiring stories of individual women. Taken together, the stories shed light on an important time in Indian women’s history.
During the years just prior to Independence and soon after, India went through a renaissance. It was about questioning conservative ideas and discarding the ones that were seen as damaging. Some of the women profiled in this book came from families where fathers, and often also mothers and grandmothers (most of them illiterate), supported the education of their daughters. Usually, they did this despite the opposition of relatives, neighbors, and other community members. There was a great deal of risk and sacrifice, but the education of women was seen by these pioneers (families as well as individual women) as an unadulterated good — for the individuals, their families, their communities, and the nation.
The women students knew that a lot was riding on their shoulders and they made it their mission to make the most of the opportunities available to them, and to make the same available to the women who came after.
In hindsight, success seems inevitable. But, when in the trenches, it is not so. The profiles in this book bring out the truth of this observation. So, hats off to these foremothers of today’s Indian women engineers.
The photo attached to this review is of present-day women scientists who took India to space. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38253471
One final note – the feminism a reader will encounter in this book is of a different nature than its better known Western counterpart. It is like Indian culture and worked well in Indian culture — adaptive, determined, and less confrontational.
Anyone who has an interest in how social change started and how it succeeded in India will enjoy reading this book.