Book Review By Sangeeta Relan

Book: Off The Beaten Track by Saeeda Bano

The book, as the name suggests, is a memoir. It is about the life of a woman, the doyenne of Urdu Broadcasting in India. Originally written in Urdu by the protagonist, Saeeda Bano, this is a translation of the original text by her granddaughter, Shahana Raza.

A must-read for every woman, the book inspires you to be bold, self-reliant, confident, and clear about what you want. The struggles and the challenges which Saeeda faces are all very real and relatable even though she lived in different times. The story shows that times may change, people may change, but women have to always struggle for their rights.

Though focusing on Saeeda’s struggles, the book has a positive feel to it. It isn’t a sob story but a story of courage and resilience. Her life was ‘Off the Beaten Track’. She learned how to drive a car, became the first woman Urdu broadcaster of the country, walked out of a difficult marriage, and fell in love with a married man, everything unheard of in those days.

The book focuses on how the upbringing of a child, especially of a girl child, can shape her personality. Saeeda’s parents raised her to be independent, bold and caring, and that’s what she became. She could look life in the eye and deal with it.
It’s a book that makes you feel proud of being a woman.


Sangeeta Relan
Sangeeta Relan

Sangeeta is an educationist, teaching at the university level for over three decades. She is also a corporate wife and mother of two boys who have now flown the nest. As an individual, her passions include a love for cooking, singing, traveling, and exploring new places.
 A voracious reader all through her life, she took to blogging a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. She writes short stories, articles of general interest, book reviews, secret recipes, travel experiences, and shares musings.
 She’s been extremely fortunate as her professional and personal life gave her the chance to interact with individuals (both men and women) from all walks of life, and these interactions formed the inspiration for her blogging. She observed that while individuals from different strata of society lived differently, women in particular had far more complexity in their lives and she felt it was important to give this complexity a voice through short, easy to comprehend, and relatable stories. Her stories tend to focus on women, their life’s journey, challenges, relationships, and the many struggles they face during the different chapters of life.
 She is an active contributor on various online platforms and posts regularly on her blog.


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1 thought on “Book Review By Sangeeta Relan”

  1. This sure is a wonderful woman to emulate and a must read for everyone & not only women. The challenges & how she has overcome them. She stands out completely

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