Books are a person's best friends as the saying goes. The best thing
about them is that there are books for every season, mood, time, age
etc. Books just fit in anywhere and everywhere. Now though some people
will say that a woman's best friend is more likely to be diamonds, I
would disagree! The numerous books which are written for women alone,
every year have been rising steadily, yet rapidly over the years. Following
are a list of women authors and their books, which have been written,
about, to and for women alone.
My Enemy, the Queen
This book is about Queen Elizabeth's cousin, Lettice, who is far more
beautiful than her, and is secretly married to Robert Dudley, the Duke
of Leicester, the same man Queen Elizabeth loves. Before the marriage,
Lettice was the Queen's woman-in-waiting, but after the Queen finds
out, she cuts all ties with Lettice, and tries and manages to make her
life the definition of the word "hell". But she remains over-the-top
friendly with Dudley and even falls for Robert Devereaux, Lettice's
son by another man.
Venetia is a 25 year old woman who lives with her young brother. She
hears stories about the notorious owner of an estate, on which she loves
roaming about. There is a guy named Edward who wants to marry her, but
she is not interested because she is more interested in having adventures.
However, after she meets the mysterious man she has heard so much about,
she gradually realizes that she is in love with him.
This book is about a woman named Abby, who takes care of her niece and
her sister. She is 28 and does not feel the need to be married, that
is, until she meets the black sheep of the Calverleigh family, Miles
Calverleigh. To make matters worse for the poor woman, Miles just happens
to be the uncle of the gold-hunter Stacy Calverleigh, who is after Abby's
At 23, Jo Green feels her life might be over. Still living at home,
working as a nanny with no chance for advancement, and dating the same
guy for six years, she's in a real rut. So she answers an advertisement
for a live-in nanny in London, and soon she's more shaken up than she
planned for. Her new employers, the Fitzgeralds, are a real mess. The
kids are brats. The mother, Vanessa, is conflicted about her career,
and the father, Dick, appears to be an ambitionless philanderer. Then
there's Josh, Dick's son by a previous marriage, who is the most confusing
of all. Gentle with Jo one minute, then horrid the next.
The Princess Diaries
For fifteen-year-old Mia Thermopolis, life doesn't get much worse than
high school. She's too tall, too thin, and too flat-chested. She hates
algebra; she's fighting with her best friend; and her mother is dating
her math teacher! She has a weird haircut and the only boy she likes
is intimidated by her intelligence. Then the day comes when her divorced
parents sit her down together and tell her that, since her father is
the king of Genovia, she's the princess! Now, on top of everything else,
she has princess lessons with her prissy grandmother and a slew of popular
kids who only wish to befriend her because it's cool to hang out with
a princess. The whole series is about how Mia deals with various situations
in her life, and about her many experiences as she grows up.
Samantha Madison is just your average disenfranchised sophomore gal
living in D.C. She is really into art, and tries to express the modern
day teenager's feelings via her artwork. Her life seems to be fine,
with no worries at all, except for the fact that she has a major crush
on her sister' boyfriend. One day her mother sends her to an art class
where she meets a guy called David. Bunking her art class one day, in
an idle moment sandwiched between cookie-buying and CD-perusing, she
puts a stop to an attempt on the life of the president. Before she can
say "MTV2" she's appointed Teen Ambassador to the U.N. and
has caught the eye of the very cute First Son, who just happens to be
Can You Keep A Secret?
Emma Corrigan isn't a twit, but she does have a tendency to fall into
awkward situations, mostly because her insecurities rule her personal
roost. Emma is a marketing assistant - mostly a glorified secretary.
She yearns for a promotion to marketing executive so that she can show
her family and especially her overachiever cousin Kerry that she is
a success. When no one is available to nail down a done deal in Glasgow,
Emma's company, Panther Corporation, sends her up there as the fill-in
body. But when she gets there she realizes that the deal has gone sour.
Her attempts to shore things up fail miserably, and she makes her way
to the airport lounge to drown her sorrows. Midway through the rocky
flight home, a tipsy and frightened Emma winds up spilling her life's
secrets to her seatmate, a young American guy who is an astonishingly
good listener. It is really quite amusing to watch Emma deal with all
the things she told Jack on the plane. She is no longer able to use
all the small social lies she would normally tell to smooth things over
or make a good impression on him, and he knows it - and rather enjoys
twitting her about them. The two of them have a nice, subtle chemistry
Bridget Jones- The Edge of Reason
A new year beginsand Bridget Jones, the globally bestselling, unflinchingly
self-disciplined, and definitely practically nonsmoking heroine, is
about to discover what happens when you have the man of your dreams
actually in your flat and he hasn't been to the supermarketnot just
tonight, but ever. Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill
to the blessed-out shores of Thailand, searching for The Truth in spite
of pathetically un-evolved men, insane dating theories, Smug Married
advice, Bridget experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere
between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking
It (can self-help books really help self?), protective custody,
and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Wells tells the story of Siddalee Walker, a theatre director
in need of inspiration for her new play. Sidda looks to her mother's
past and her own childhood for answers. Growing up, Sidda was a Petite
Ya-Ya, as the offspring of the Ya-Yas were called, and loved her strange
childhood in the Louisiana bayou. The Ya-Yas consist of her mother,
Vivi, and her best friends Teensy, Necie and Caro, whose wild attempts
to be different make an impact on Sidda. She, however, has no idea how
much the Ya-Yas have been through, and it turns out to be just what
she needs for her play. Sidda's journey begins when she is confronted
by the Ya-Yas for calling off her wedding. She asks them to help her
with her inspiration problem. Sidda fights with her mother, which makes
it hard for the other Ya-Yas to convince Vivi to give Sidda the Ya-Ya-rabilia
- a scrapbook of letters and articles that give her a different look
at not only her mother's life but also the hardships and glory of being
a woman. Sidda's research turns out to be a self-exploration, and helps
her discover who she and her mother really are.
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind is the story of Scarlett O'Hara, a spoiled southern
belle, whose life is suddenly caught up in the turmoil of the American
Civil War. Through her struggles during the war and the six years of
Reconstruction that follow, we see her life pass through three husbands
and three children as we take a deep look into the changing landscape
of Atlanta (a young town at the time). Within this background, we observe
Scarlett's battle against external and internal conflicts, her losses,
gains, and hopes.
1: The wait
One fine morning of 2001 the DU admission results were out at 8 am.
Out of eleven thousand candidates, four thousand of them made it. D
waited at the premises of the Arts Building with other girls while inside
the building the boys were wrecking havoc over the result sheet. Those
who could not make it tore down the sheet to vent their anger. The place
was so packed with pandemonium, disorder and unruly boys that it was
impossible for any girl to reach there. After three hours special arrangements
were made for the girls to see the result.
At 11 am. Ms. D is yet to reach the result sheet as the place is now
packed with anxious girls. She jostles her way to the sheet and sought
out her roll number. Classmates from her school and college gather round
her and they congratulate each other. For the first time in her life
D believes she has a lucky number as her test score was 71, her position
was 71st and the number on her pay slip was also 71.
Fraternizing with boys? Are you sure?
D had always wanted to study in Economics so that's the department she
got admitted into. All of her old friends were scattered over various
departments. She got only two of her friends with her in Economics.
D was attentive in class. Hailing from an all girls institute, she was
not sure whether or not she should talk with the boys. The first year
is spent contemplating this problem.
The new DU 'campus' New Market
After a year a sophomore D finally decides to talk to some boys. She
starts addafying, but boys are not allowed in most cases. D then discovers
the hitherto unknown connection between the DU and New Market, and this
new 'campus' becomes her daily destination.
One day D was heading for the library to study, which wasn't as peaceful
as the fish market at Karwan Bazaar in her opinion. She didn't understand
why people had to addafy in the library. As soon as it was twelve in
the afternoon the mikes started blaring from all the corners of the
campus. The political parties started to preach about the social welfare
of this country. D's eardrums were screaming for help as a result of
this 'social welfare'. But nobody bothered.
there are more important things in life than Economics!
Third year begins, and a substantial part of D's campus life is now
taken up by addafying. Her circle has three boys. Her favourite adda
hangout is in front of the Central Library. She is slightly inattentive
in class and she thinks she can avoid some of the classes, which she
finds quite boring (?). There are some study freaks in her class. They
do nothing but study and on the other extreme there are people who do
everything but study, and D is one of them. D makes a long face and
has a strong desire to get married when the results come out because
she is convinced that husbands do not scold their wives for getting
poor marks. But after the initial storm of berating is over at home
D is thinks mum and dad are the best people in the world to live with
and she is very lucky to be single.
D wants the disturbing elements out of the library (do you think D is
In her fourth year D is a great addabaj but suddenly the importance
of a good academic track record becomes very clear (after going through
some job requirements in the newspaper). So D starts visiting the library,
but the adda continues. As a consequence, she starts addafying in the
library. Thank God the people who want to save the face of the library
are deaf enough to study there! There are some that are not deaf enough,
and actually have the guts to stop D in mid sentence and start doing
aatlami. Most of them are freshers or sophomores yet to know the DU
rules (!). D is shocked to see their impertinence towards their senior
apu. She recalls her days as a fresher and tells them how she used to
respect (!) the seniors in the library. D thinks these disturbing elements
should be removed from the library to give her peaceful environs for
a nice adda (she has already forgotten why she came to the library).
D is writing Study Buddies for RS readers
At home D is now writing the Study Buddy column for RS readers. She
is writing 'Dear buddies, you have to study hard. There is no way out.
Do not follow any suggestion' while she herself does not remember when
she read her textbooks last. She is going to collect her suggestion
the next morning.
note: D is an imaginary girl. The author is a respectable woman
and has no connection with D. If anyone thinks so, then D will show
her the consequences.