Breaking Paths: Stories of Women Who Dared

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white; 168 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 93-89136-00-5 | ISBN-13: 978-93-89136-00-5


These are stories of eighteen strong women who daily resist the suffocation of conformity. They are fighters of their circumstances and winners, brave and determined in their refusal to accept conventional limitations and courageous in their acceptance of the consequences. For them every day is a challenge; for their relationships and social expectations conspire to encroach upon their private spaces, erode their dignity and identity. Yet rooted in their cultural milieu, they make their choices, fight for them and succeed. 

Much of author Meera Khanna’s voluntary work is in the field of gender rights, which has perhaps honed her skill to spot the unique story of an empowered woman. Many of these stories are inspired by real-life incidents and some by newspaper reports. Covering a wide social spectrum, some of these women break a stereotype with drastic action. And there are some who without rippling the waters ostensibly carve a space for themselves. Presented in lucid language, with their own twists and turns in events and characters, the stories meander along unbeaten tracks, striking hard at the reader’s soul.


Meera  Khanna
Meera Khanna

Writer, poet, and social activist Meera Khanna is the Trustee and Executive Vice President of the Guild of Service, an NGO working with and for the empowerment of vulnerable women and children. She has worked as a Consultant on the status of women, Government of India, served as a member on the Expert Committee on Widows constituted by the Supreme Court of India and is on the Global Steering Committee working on a treaty on violence against women. She has helped create a global alliance, ‘The Last Woman First.’ for empowering under privileged women. She has written on women’s rights for newspapers, journals and collections and her creative expressions have been adapted for dance. She is a published author with a book on career counselling. A collection of poems on Kashmir and her last work based on real life narratives have been widely acclaimed.