janaki ammal: Women in science: new children’s books featuring botanist Janaki Ammal and physicist Bibha Chowdhuri to inspire future generations

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NEW DELHI: A new set of four books brings to life the inspiring stories of four pioneering women in science, including eminent botanist Janaki Ammal and Dr Anandibai Joshee, widely known as the first Indian woman to study medicine in the United States.

The illustrated box set, written by Pune-based writer and poet Pervin Saket, includes the titles “Engagement with Bibha Chowdhuri” (India’s first female physicist), “Courage with Anandibai Joshee” (one of the first women to become a doctor), “Passion with Aditi Pant” (India’s first female oceanographer) and “Perseverance with Janaki Ammal” (the first female botanist).

The set is part of the “Learning To Be” series from AdiDev Press, which also published hardback books on the life and philosophy of Indian saints Mahavira, Guru Nanak and Buddha in February.

“It was very special for me to work on this series of books about women in science. They are fabulous and inspiring women who have made a double contribution – to science and to social progress. We need their stories to remind us to push harder, overcome social barriers and achieve our dreams,” Saket said.

Her previously written books are “Urmila”, the retelling of a mythical tale of love and longing, and the collection of poetry “A Tinge of Turmeric”.

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Written in simple text, the stories based on the lives and times of four pioneering women, say the publishers, are the perfect way to introduce young readers to “great values”.

“At AdiDev Press, we believe in the power of biographies to inspire and uplift. There is a great lack of inspiring biographies of South Asian women in the children’s segment and we believe that the stories of these trailblazing women are so powerful that they should be shared with children, especially girls, everywhere,” Chitwan Mittal, Founder and Editorial Director of AdiDev Press.

The box set, which is scheduled for release on July 15, is priced at Rs 1,500.

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