"WHAT WENT WRONG", FINDS KIRAN BEDI
Real Life Stories documented by Kiran Bedi sold out the first day of its release …… Media Reports
The fortnightly column written by Kiran Bedi in a daily, gets published as a book "What Went Wrong?". The Book published by UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd., New Delhi was released by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi in a function organized on 6th July 2001. This book has 36 stories of people who open their heart in order to save the next victim. The book is a bestseller and has had a reprint in the first week of its release.
The Motivating Bedi
Dr. Kiran Bedi has hit the headlines once again. This time with her third book on social awakening-What Went Wrong? Published by UBS Publishers Distributors.What Went Wrong is a Unique collection of uncensored narrations volunteered by individuals who had nothing to declare but their wrong past. The real life experiences provide readers a close insight into lives they may otherwise ignore, be unaware of or have no access to. Being the first woman IPS officer and a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Kiran has been a path breaker in prison reforms, community policing, crime prevention on strategies, drug abuse treatment, spirituality in policetraining and schooling of street children. Raj Mohan Gandhi called it a motivational book when he released it last month. Motivational it is bound to be, for isn't Dr. Kiran Bedi a great motivator herself?
"Our latest book Government@net was released on 5th June, 2001 by the Minister of Information & Technology, Government of India, Shri Pramod Mahajan. The book is the blueprint for ushering in a developed India. It provides a framework – political, sociological, technological and financial – to enable people, politicians, administrators and private enterprise to secure an unprecedented developmental impetus. For the people, the book should be the best way to understand not only the basic features of Internet-enabled technological possibilities but also their application in daily life."
It's Always Possible
Motivation, persistence and perseverance are the distinct traits of determined, dedicated individuals who can make things happen. It's Always Possible, a book authored by Kiran documents vividly Tihar and its transformation from criminality to humanity. The book is a result of the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, awarded to her in the year 1994. It has been published by Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. It depicts the concentrated efforts of Kiran and her 3 C model (corrective, collective and community based) which resulted in success of an awesome task — transforming the mindsets of human beings.
The book focuses on Tihar, one of the largest prisons in the world. It has three sections, the first being, ‘What existed’ which describes the conditions which prevailed in Tihar, when Kiran took charge. The second section, ‘What evolved’ describes the holistic transformation of the prison system which put Tihar on the road to reforms. ‘What emerged’, the third section of the book, is a graphical representation of the methodology followed for changing Tihar.
The book has a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Released in September 1998, the book has entered in its seventh reprint edition. Kiran has traveled widely in order to share her model of correction depicted in the book. It has had many city releases in the country. The book has already been translated and published in two Indian languages, Hindi and Marathi. It’s Always Possible has been released in eight cities in the US, the United Kingdom and at the International Book fair at Harare, Zimbabwe. Kiran was specially invited to visit the prisons of Australia and to release the Australian edition of the book. The book also has a Bangladesh edition.
This rare documentation of a candid account is accompanied by a CD-ROMIt's Always Possible CD ROM (produced by India Vision Foundation) with selected excerpts from the book, supplemented with powerful visuals, ranging right from the historical Vipassana Meditation Program wherein over a 1,000 inmates sat for ten long days in meditation to their festivities, educational programmes and visits from NGOs. This has been further complemented by the prisoners expressing their feelings on camera, their written petitions, poetry, paintings, art and craft, besides the statements of the staff. A graphical portrayal of the holistic process — a metamorphosis — from criminality to humanity was achieved within the same legal framework.
Kiran Bedi — The Kindly Baton
Kiran has also been a subject of research. A Kindly Baton from Meenakshi Saxenabook titled Kiran Bedi — The Kindly Baton, has been authored by Dr Meenakshi Saksena, Reader in the Department of Psychology, Indraprastha College, Delhi University. Kiran also has a biography on her called I Dare, published by UBS Publishers, written by Parmesh Dangwal and photographs courtesy Ajay Goyal. This book is in its tenth edition and is one of the best sellers of the last decade and the top selling in the biography category (source :India Today survey). The book has been translated into many regional Indianlanguages. Kiran also features in various other books and studies, prominent amongst them are May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons by Elisabeth Bumiller, Women in Indian Police by Shamim Aleem and a study— Women in Asia published by UNESCO.
As Kiran Sees It .......................
All proceeds of this book will continue to go to Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, for education of the children in need .......
Why This Book : What do I do with all that I see, hear, read and observe ? .. I can ignore, forget, complain, postpone or whatever. For me it became a need to write what ' touched ' me the most . Hence I committed to write the weekly and fortnightly columns for The Tribune and Punjab Kesri and accept requests from others as well. These then became ' Reflections' of the frames of my mind. These range from my police service , national concerns , women's issues, ' volunteerism' , education, leadership , governance, patriotism , etc.
At the time of writing , I put my head and heart in each piece that I wrote. And after doing so , I felt like a bird , free to fly ..
Of what value is my writing to others , I do not know. But I needed to write and say in words, what I saw ... and I will continue to ........
Regular Fortnightly / Weekly Columns
- Fortnightly column in Times of India, National Daily, called What Went Wrong.
- Fortnightly Column in Tribune - Called Reflections .
- Weekly Column in Punjab Kesri, National Daily ( Hindi ), called Chetna.