Overcome and Become: Portraits in Words of Five Heroic Punjabi Women

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Once upon a time, there were five little girls who believed in themselves and in the women they wanted to be. One fine day they stood gazing at the fragmented remains of their wings smashed by the patriarchal society. Calmly they observed the broken, blurry pieces that silently glittered on the ground. And yet they felt so proud of their reflections and shadows that smiled back at them. The society by all means could chop off their wings but their spirits were indomitable. And though these women with a spine of steel, at times could be broken, but could never be defeated.

They rose unfettered, unbeaten, unimpeded. “Overcome And Become” is the story of those five resilient, remarkable extraordinary, gritty, daring (S)Heroes from Punjab. It’s a saga of confidence, courage and compassion. It’s a tribute and salute to the Daughters of Punjab -

Surinder Kaur,

Amrita Pritam,

Dr. Kiran Bedi,

Dr. Inderjit Kaur

and last but not the least,

Amrita Shergil.

There is something these inspirational women all share in common: they are all warriors and continue to inspire us in our own modern lives.

Preet has a magical flow in her writing, may it be the expression of fondness, regard or the pain of losing her subject. I was extremely touched by her superior usage of simple, effective and appropriate language. I am so sure that all readers when they go through this piece of art, they’ll shower their blessings upon her.

As I finished reading “Overcome And Become” I feel nostalgic. I wanted to keep reading more and more about the gritty, phenomenal, inspiring women. Well done Preet!! Each word penned by you has come straight from your heart and reached where it should, deep within the hearts of the readers. In a surreal way again I feel you have wrapped all the women of Punjab in that beautiful dupatta I wore…..
DIVYA DUTTA (from the foreword)

About the Author: Born on 19 April 1973, Preet rediscovered herself as she stepped into her thirties. For more than half a decade, her regular weekly column in ‘The Hindustan Times’ and later in ‘The Times of India’ was well received and highly appreciated. Her debut book titled ‘Rags to Ragas and Beyond’ brought her glory and also ‘The Women Achiever Award Canada’. Preet is a proficient radio presenter as well and has been a part of All India Radio for many years.

Her absorbing voice and meaningful script have been her forte. Currently, she hosts an evening time radio show on Canada’s leading Asian radio station, Cina Radio 1650 AM. An alumnus of St. Joseph’s Convent School, Jalandhar, Preet earned a BA (Honours) degree from Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyala and received the Masters degree in English Literature from DAV, Jalandhar. Presently, she lives in the United Kingdom with her husband – Hartej and her two sons – Navsher and Harshaan.

  • Hardbound: 270 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2019)
  • Author: Preet Inder Dhillon
  • ISBN-13: 9789389530346
  • Product Dimensions:  12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm

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