It was a journey from darkness to light and one that would surely fulfil the purpose for which it was created, of inspiring other women. It should serve as an eye-opener to women who were still bogged down by social stigma in what was considered as an enlightened society, 66 years after Independence.
This was by and large the reaction to a book in Telugu titled, ‘Aina, Nenu Odipoledu’ (Yet, I have not lost), the story of a woman who was married at the age of 16 and became a mother of two in just two years after that and her rise in society, from Mailarampalli in Warangal district to Phoenix in the United States of America.
The 128-page book brought out by Emesco Publications is the autobiography of Dudipala Jyothi Reddy, whose journey from being a farm labourer and Adult Education Volunteer in Warangal, IT recruiter in America and now CEO, Key Software Solutions, reads like fiction.
It speaks of her struggle every hour, every day and at every stage of her life, fighting against the odds.
MLC Chukka Ramaiah released the book on Sunday in the presence of Minister for Child Welfare and Women Development Sunita Laxma Reddy, as CEO, HMTV & The Hans India K. Ramachandra Murthy, Editor-Andhra Pradesh G. Vallishwar and M. Vijaykumar of Emesco Publications, watched. All of them spoke of not just the effort of Ms. Jyothi on her writing, but her never-say-die attitude that helped her climb the rungs on the ladder of success.
Acknowledging the praise, the gutsy writer recalled how, as an Adult Education volunteer, Special Crafts Teacher and later as Mandal Girl Child Development Officer in Warangal district, she had literally stopped eight child marriages in all, apart from helping to improve awareness among dozens of families across three mandals in the district.
In May, 2000, she flew to the land of opportunity and till she reached the stage when she founded Key Software Solutions, she worked across a half-a-dozen States in America, honing marketing, recruiting and HR skills, methodically. “Every day abroad and each step of the way, I remember women back home and constantly do my bit to help them both materially and by helping to motivate them, increase awareness,” she says, in a voice that clearly reflects her modesty.
MLC Chukka Ramaiah releases a book titled ‘Aina, Nenu Odipoledu’, an autobiography of Dudipala Jyothi Reddy