Mirra Alfassa not only influenced thousands of followers as ‘The Mother’ whom Sri Aurobindo had anointed as his spiritual successor, she also had a role to play in Indira Gandhi’s decision to go to war with Pakistan in 1971.
Atikaa Ahluwalia was educated, well-travelled and worked in fashion. She also had to face partner violence. Her credentials only made it harder for her agony to be taken seriously by the powers that be.
She was the typical Mumbai girl who wanted to stay in India all her life. But her travel-crazy husband ensured otherwise. Hundreds of journeys later, Kiran Kapoor now lives in a state of permanent gratitude.
When Kay and her husband first bought a run-down farmhouse in Spain, their friends thought they were mad. But over the years, as they decorated, renovated and expanded it, the process became symbolic of their marriage.
Jasho’s story is that of an ordinary, primary-school educated woman from a nondescript village, who became the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ for her ambitious, globe-trotting husband. Her daughter Anita Panda traces her mother’s journey.