Like A Girl: Changing the World
Aparna Jain, Poorna Malavath and Sharda Ugra
Aparna Jain is the author of a previous book, Own It, which was shortlisted for the Tata Litlive Business Book of the Year prize in 2016. It also won her a Jury Appreciation Certificate at the First South Asia Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2015-16. Aparna is a leadership coach and a vocal advocate of equal rights for women. She is also the author of The Sood Family Cookbook’. Her most recent book – Like A Girl: Real Stories For Tough Kids is about 56 inspirational women from India.
Malavath Purna (also called Malavath Poorna, Purna Malavath, or Poorna Malavath; born 10 June 2000) is an Indian mountaineer from Nizamabad district, Telangana. On 25 May 2014, Poorna scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and, aged 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest girl in the world to have reached the summit of Everest. The youngest boy to summit Mt. Everest is Jordan Romero, who reached the summit at age 13 years and 10 months. She was accompanied by Sandhanapalli Anand Kumar from Khammam. She scaled Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in Russia and in Europe on 27th July, 2017 at around 10:00 hrs.(IST) . After reaching the summit of Elbrus, she unfurled a 50ft long Indian Tricolor singing the Indian National Anthem.
Sharda Ugra is senior editor for ESPNcricinfo.com, the world’s biggest independent single-sports website and ESPN.in, ESPN’s newly-launched multisport website. A sports journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked with Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day, national daily The Hindu and India Today magazine before joining ESPN. She worked with former New Zealand captain John Wright and Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on their memoirs around Indian cricket.