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Inspiring Stories of Success

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

November 2015 | 176 pages | SAGE Response

Womentrepreneurs tells inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs in India. These stories, based on material collected through personal interviews, show that the motivation for starting entrepreneurial ventures no longer arises from the need to supplement income but increasingly from fulfilling a need for creative expression and individual growth.


Foreword by Kapila Vatsyayan
SHAILJA DUTT: Talent Search
MERRY BARUA: Action for Autism
LAKSHMI KRISHNAN: NGO for Empowerment of Women
SUDHA SASTRI: HR Consultancy
RITU PRASAD: Hospitality
AYESHA GREWAL: Organic Farming
URVASHI BUTALIA: Feminist Publishing
MANISHA GUPTA: Social Entrepreneurship

Avinash Kirpal has done a great service by chronicling the story of these women, who have achieved great success in diverse areas and this book is sure to inspire many others to follow in their footsteps.

Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Chairperson, Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

[The author] deserves credit for producing this inspirational work at a time when the economic scenario as well as the sociocultural environment in India is set to support the efforts by young women who have the courage and determination to accomplish noble entrepreneurial work.’

Kapila Vatsyayan
Chairperson, India International Centre (IIC), Asia Project

Steering away from sympathy, the book presents realistic portraits of ten women entrepreneurs…the very diversity of stories chronicled here makes this book an interesting read.

Business Line, 7 March 2016

Dedicated to the passionately committed young girls whose life’s mission is to improve the quality of life in marginalized communities by overcoming socio-cultural challenges… Stories are written in simple words but these tell about the zeal of brave women in the right spirit.

The Tribune, 6 March 2016

Womentrepreneurs is a brilliant compilation of 10 simply written stories, each capturing a journey of a woman towards founding her own venture. The book tells inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs in India.... The book should be of immense interest to budding entrepreneurs as a source of experiential learning. Teachers of entrepreneurship can use the book as a great source for anecdotal evidence.

Global Business Review,
Volume 17 (Issue 2), April 2016

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ISBN: 9789351505549