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Fit In, Stand Out, Walk: A Gripping Tale of Resilience and Self-Discovery

The most impactful stories are the ones that have a brutal start and an inspiring end and “Fit In, Stand Out, Walk: Stories from a Pushed Away Hill” by Shailini Sheth Amin leaves and impression exactly for that, the difference is that it is real life that is poured out in those pages. Fit In, […]

The most impactful stories are the ones that have a brutal start and an inspiring end and “Fit In, Stand Out, Walk: Stories from a Pushed Away Hill” by Shailini Sheth Amin leaves and impression exactly for that, the difference is that it is real life that is poured out in those pages.

Fit In, Stand Out, Walk is a poignant collection of stories that follows Neelima’s journey from her orphaned beginnings in Mumbai to her transformation into an award-winning sustainability warrior. Through her narrative, we witness the profound losses of her unusual childhood, juxtaposed with the influence of inspiring women who shaped her life.
Amin’s inspiring personal life story which starts with her biological parents abandoning her as a toddler in the park takes us through her life’s challenges. She is subsequently adopted by the young woman, Surabhi, who defies social norms to adopt her.

Neelima, a name given to her by Surabhi, is warmly welcomed into a family unlike any other in the patriarchal society she knew. Surrounded by strong, independent women like Gajiben and Behenji, Neelima grows up without male influence. Unfortunately its short-lived as Neelima is orphaned again at the age of 9 with the untimely death of her mother. Neelima’s life takes her to a new city. Her journey of survival and resilience walking out of an abusive marriage late in life and establishing her identity in society as an award winning sustainability warrior, is truly inspiring.

The author eloquently shares the highs and lows of her life, shedding light on the status of girls in society at the time. With nothing to inherit and no one to inherit from, these stories encapsulate the resilience, determination, and unwavering spirit of women who strive to carve their own path and leave behind a legacy that transcends material wealth. Neelima’s narrative serves as a testament to the grit and conviction of individuals who dare to defy societal norms and embrace their uniqueness.

The book delves into the complex realities of abandonment, adoption, bisexuality, narcissism, depression, and domestic abuse, shattering the stereotype of a “supporting husband” behind a successful woman. In an era where wokeism and victimhood cultures prevail, Neelima’s journey is a testament to her resilience, self-discovery, and commitment to a larger vision.

This is a gripping, fluid, and reflective narrative of the personal journey of the Author.
Neelima’s story unfolds as a tapestry of roles - daughter, wife, divorcee, mother, widow - each challenging her to maintain her identity amidst societal expectations. Her deep connection with nature and lifelong mentors anchors her amidst the turmoil of her experiences spanning Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, and London
Through Neelima’s eyes, we learn about the events of prominence that concerned India and the world around her. The autobiographical account is nothing short of an inspiration even for women of today’s times.

Narrated with a blend of joy, humour, pain, loss, and courage, her story resonates with intimacy and honesty, inviting readers to embrace the complexities of the human experience and find strength in self-determination and survival.
The story-like narrative adds a layer of intrigue and awe to their way of living. It interweaves profound themes of love, loss, and sisterhood. The narrator doesn’t shy away from expressing her lows and vulnerabilities that made her distant from her found family at a certain point.

‘Fit in, Stand out, Walk’ leaves an everlasting impact on enduring power of human relationships, love, grief unravelling bits and pieces of Neelima’s life.
Overall, “Fit In, Stand Out, Walk” is not just a collection of stories but a testament to the power of resilience, self-discovery, and the pursuit of a meaningful life. Shailini Sheth Amin masterfully weaves together Neelima’s experiences, offering readers a compelling narrative that inspires hope, courage, and the belief that one can indeed stand out even in the face of adversity.

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