They are both known to be unusually protective about their privacy and especially so when it comes to their daughters, but both Arti Kirloskar and Neerja Birla have made an exception for this one. A few years ago Sonal Ambani (she's the daughter-in-law of Dhirubhai Ambani's brother Ramnikbhai) had come up with an amazing coffee table book featuring 101 women achievers from across the country along with their daughters. The theme is being explored again, this time helmed by noted filmmaker Govind Nihalani in his capacity as the chairman of Plan India, a child centered community development organisation.
Neerja and Arti are among the 41 eminent personalities who along with their daughters have agreed to be part of a coffee table book title 'Meri Beti Meri Shakti', written by veteran journalist Sathya Saran as part of the 'Because I am a girl' campaign. The effort is aimed at ensuring that the girl child is not denied her right to an education. "It is parents who need to be educated to understand that a girl child can do what a boy can do.
This need exists across all strata, including business families like ours," said Neerja. For her part, Arti feels that all women are capable of finding empowerment within themselves. "They only need education to awaken it," she says. We managed a sneak preview from the book which will be officially unveiled next week by Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of a galaxy of celebrities including Kapil Dev, Renuka Chowdhury, Sangita Jindal, Gayatri Ruia, Kishore Biyani and Pandit Jasraj - all of whom have lent their presence and weight to the compilation. It promises to be a truly power packed evening.