Saturday, March 10, 2007

One of India's most prominent women jurists

FOR one of India's most prominent women jurists, life has been more about living out her destiny than cracking glass ceilings . Retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ruma Pal - who as a young girl enjoyed solving crosswords - found herself enrolling for the law course at the Nagpur University College of Law quite by accident, during a vacation with her brother after graduating from Santiniketan's Vishwa Bharati University with a major in philosophy. Later, it was her dream of travelling and working her way around Europe that took her to Vienna. In fact, she was hitch hiking around the Continent when news of being accepted for admission at Oxford University's prestigious Bachelor of Civil Law reached her through an Indian diplomatic mission.

After debating on the relevance of Women's Day, I'm doing a reverse swing. ET had a special edition on March 8 which had three guest editors - HSBC India CEO Naina Lal Kidwai, Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Britannia CEO Vinita Bali. Here's the link to an article I did that day.

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