A loving daughter charts the life story of her incredible mother. A mother who is only about 16 years older than her making her, more of a friend, a mother who is a role model and a free spirit. Nelofer Currimbhoy re-creates the life of her mother, the legendary Shehnaz Husain before she actually began the business of beauty products. Like the element fire, she transformed whoever came under her influence; hence was born “Flame: The Story of My Mother Shahnaz Husain’.

Shahnaz Husain, the international face of Indian glamour pioneered the herbal beauty care business in India is credited with pioneering the herbal beauty care movement and taking India’s herbal heritage to the world. The success of her brand has made her the subject of a Harvard case study. Four decades after beginning her entrepreneurial journey, Ms. Husain has her outreach in more than 175 countries, with franchise salons, retail outlets, beauty training academies, and over 375 products for beauty and health care. So how did this happen?

Well, to answer these queries and more, Ms. Shweta Aggarwal, from Books en Beyond hosted Nelofer Currimbhoy, the heiress of an iconic legacy, and the President, Shehnaz Herbals who took the audience members on a journey into the life of a young girl who married at 15, became a mother at 16, and a global icon before her fifties. Truly, the relationship between these iconic women was enjoyed by an eclectic audience comprising noted activist Madam Shazia Ilmi, Ms. Suman Sharma the Principal of Lady Shri Ram College, and dedicated members. The session was a fascinating experience, where the author took the members through a historic era that has been the life of Shahnaz Husain.

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