Vandana is an an award winning divorce lawyer, author, columnist and Social Entrepreneur on whom the BBC has made a documentary 'Invisible Women of India’ which was broadcast worldwide on International Women’s Day. She is also the author of the bestseller 'Ex Files’, The Story of my divorce-published by Penguin under the Shobhaa De imprint, which has been launched by the Hon’ble Attorney General of India Mr. Mukul Rohatgi and the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court. It has been endorsed by Lord Meghnad Desai, PadmaVibhushan Sonal Mansingh and it looks at divorce through a humorous lens.
Ex Files is now a part of the Judicial College syllabus.
After being thrown out of her marital home with just the clothes on her back and Rs 750 in the bank, Vandana rebuilt her world and founded the first Indian support group to help people going through a divorce, 360 Degrees Back to Life. She has since come full circle from being a litigant to being a divorce lawyer and practices at the family court in Mumbai.
Her first book, 360 Degrees Back to Life: A Litigant’s Humorous Perspective on Divorce, endorsed by the iconic feminist Gloria Steinem, won an award. Vandana has translated another book on the Jain faith from Hindi to English.
Currently, she is a contributing as a regular columnist on Law/Women Empowerment for Huffington Post India, Huffington Post America, Savvy, Thrive, Dainik Bhaskar and she contributes about 20 articles a month for them under her byline. These have been extremely well read and have been avidly followed on Social Media. She also writes for the BBC.
Vandana have been awarded best lawyer in India and has been handling various high profile cases. She practices extensively in the family court where she works to defend those who come to seek justice in the court. She does not believe that money is the key that drives a lawyer to perform well but passion for truth is !
Her work has been applauded both by the National as well as the International media. She has been a panellist frequently on BBC, NDTV amongst others and at various Literary Festivals, including the prestigious Khushwant Singh Literary Festival.
She lives by the motto, ‘It is better to elevate yourself, than to pull down another’.
360 Degrees Back To Life is a support group that provides non-judgmental support to those going through divorce.
It is the first group in India that provides a positive perspective to and focuses on rebuilding your life even while going through a divorce. Divorce in India is still a stigma and those who are going through it are constantly ostracized by society. This group was initiated by me, Vandana Shah, about 15 years ago after having gone through this myself. The basic purpose was to provide help required to cope with a divorce. Our group has been extremely successful which has been acknowledged by its members and their families. As with all support groups we don't discuss the identities of the members outside our support group.
Based on the personal experience of the members of my group and my own I have written a book called 360degreesbacktolife-A litigant's humorous perspective on divorce. It can be described even as a "How To..." for divorce. A how to handle, go through, get over and emerge a stronger person in divorce because there are no winners in a divorce only losers.
The support group has rebuilt the lives of many, especially in pursuing an education to pursue a career.
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