Kiran Bedi has dealt with criticizms for being “media-hungry” and controversial. Often, she has been transferred out of offices for trying to turn things around. But despite these complaints, she remains one of the most inspiring Indian public figures.
Packed with punch and spirit, her no holds barred narrative reveals the story behind this woman’s career path as the first woman officer of the Indian Police Service, and her decision to move on rather than become a part of dubious ‘history’. In the realm of recent bestsellers which have cashed in on the poverty stricken image of India and its failing systems, this is a book which will make any reader proud to be an Indian.
From the first few chapters which describe her early career years, it is evident that Kiran Bedi has always dared to swim against the current. Progressing on to her personal life, the book delves a little deeper into her real life roles as a wife, daughter and role model. There are a couple of chapters as well which highlight the dynamic role she played as a DCP in places like Delhi, Goa and the North East. It was during her posting in these areas that she came to be known as a fearless and upright enforcer of the law. Stories about her efforts in breaking break up a 200-year-old illicit liquor trade in Delhi or issuing the Prime Minister’s car a challan for wrong parking deliver some tight, gripping non fiction that is truly inspiring.
As the book progresses, the later chapters describe her novel ways of working. Describing some of her laudable achievements such as transforming Tihar Jail into an abode for education during her ‘dump’ posting, or her relentless fight against the powers that reside in Parliament, each chapter offers valuable lessons in leadership and perseverance. With this book, Bedi beseeches everyone to fight the wrong and unjust in a very simple but powerful manner.
Written in third person format, the interesting narration style makes Bedi much more believable and convincing. Overall, the book has a very good flow and makes for very interesting reading while maintain its neutrality. With several snaps and related articles, the book is un-put-down able once started. This is a book which once you read will make you start respecting time, women, justice and above all yourself.
A non fiction feature film on Kiran Bedi’s life has been produced by Australian film maker, Megan Doneman. The documentary entitled Yes, Madam Sir has already swept awards in the Best Documentary category at film festivals around the world.