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Book review: book of letters written to daughters by proud, accomplished parents an uplifting read

Sudha Menon's Legacy is a collection of letters written by Indian parents to their daughters.


Edited by Sudha Menon

RandomHouse India

Having previously worked on a tribute to India's most successful female entrepreneurs in Leading Ladies, the theme of feminine strength is still present in Sudha Menon's second book. As the title implies, Legacy is a collection of inspirational letters written by parents to their daughters.

The list of proud mothers and fathers is an impressive one, including the businessman and philanthropist Amit Chandra, ICICI Bank's first female chief executive Chanda Kochhar, the badminton champion Prakash Padukone and the celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Their daughters range in age from 7-year-old Anika Chandra to grown women such as Deepika and Anisha Padukone. Regardless of the age gap, the unifying thread is the love and pride each parent takes in watching their children grow, whether or not they choose to follow in their footsteps.

What is most refreshing about the contributors to Legacy is their focus on what really constitutes true happiness as measured by character and pride in one's work.

* Noori Passela