Shaping the World: Women Writers on Themselves addresses these very questions. The array of formidable writers fromIndia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - acclaimed both nationally and internationally - share their insecurities andtriumphs that occurred on their journeys to becoming writers. Was it easy? The answer is No. Many of them were closetwriters, not sharing their writings with the world. Writing was no career, they were told. But they persevered. And they wrote.Because they had to. Because it was their calling. The writers reveal their inspirations: be it another writer, a personal tragedy, or triumph, a fascination with the Englishlanguage, or a passion for putting pen to paper and finding wings. Shaping the World: Women Writers on Themselves is ananthology of intimate, honest and brave accounts that will provide the reader with an insight into the realm of writing: itsadventurous terrain of highs and lows and how it continues to shape these 24 women and the world we all inhabit.