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. Her passions include a love for cooking, singing, traveling, and exploring new places.
A voracious reader all her life, she took to blogging a few years ago and is an active contributor on online forums. She writes short stories, articles of general interest, book reviews, secret recipes, travel experiences, and shares musings.
Her interactions with the men and women from all walks of life, both in her professional and personal life form the inspiration for her blogging.


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2 thoughts 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

  2. Dr.Deepika Dhir
    Women had to struggle very hard to make a place for themselves. An inspiring story of a woman standing out of the conventional modes of society is very admirable and a must read for all.

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