Women Of Substance
Celebrating womanhood...

Rajasthan’s women,” said fashion designer Kirti Rathore. While Germany’s Andrea Thumbshine, who works with the ‘Hockey Village’, was surprised and honoured to be considered among other Rajasthani women, Dr. Sunila Khandelwal enthusiastically stated, “I think it’s a brilliant and unique idea. It gives us inspiration to work with more zeal and sincerity. I give my heartfelt thanks to DNA!”

Shakuntala Rae—who started the first block print export company in Jaipur, Kin Fabrics, and will be completing 50 years in the business in January 2013—was also there.

“I’m attending such an event for the first time, and it’s very interesting to meet women in all these other fields. I wouldn’t have known about them otherwise,” she smiled. Singer Rajnigandha Shekhawat, who flew up from Bombay for the event, was extremely excited to have been featured.

“Parents also feel good when you are recognised for what you do,” she said happily. All in all, it was a quite a power do, concluding with people interacting over tea and hot hors d’oeuvres, and having a good, relaxing time.

Releasing its fourth coffee table book, Rajasthan’s Women of Substance, DNA honoured on Thursday the varied achievements of 28 women in professions like medicine, social work, fashion and jewellery designing, police, performing arts and entrepreneurs, to name a few.

At hand to facilitate these women was the chief guest of the day, Diya Kumari, who congratulated DNA for the initiative. “Personally, I think women are far more superior to men, no offence!” she said. Supported by Pratapsons, Surana Jewellers, Rajaputana Automotive Sports Club, Jaipur Jewellery Show, Jashan Jewels, Biyani Group of Colleges, Organic Sunrise Natural, Dr Virendra Laser and Bhikharam Chandmal, the book highlights not only the awardees’ achievements and contributions to society in their respective fields, but also brings to light unknown facets of their lives.

All the women received their own copy of the book, along with mementos from the elegant Diya Kumari. What followed was an informal interaction, accompanied by tea and snacks. Many featured women had positive responses to offer.