I cant even begin reviewing this book. This is a travel book, a cultural book, a love story, a good reminder to be grateful to have easy access to the most basic needs, and a screaming reminder to care about others... about the world... and to share back in whatever way possible, whether big or small. This book is supposed to be about women empowerment... about how how lifting women makes the world a better place. But I thought it has gone so much beyond it. The book talked about child marriages, family planning, equal partnership, empathy barrier, unpaid work, gender bias in different contexts, etc. But most importantly, this book talked about hope, that if people come together and really focus on lifting other people who are living different forms of hell - change can happen, change does happen. I really recommend both women and men to read this book because it helps give a different view of the world. I know a lot of people save up, travel and see the world but it's mostly to experience the best there is... so not a lot of people really know about places where they do female genital mutilation as a tradition, where child marriages (as in as young as 10!!) are just they way it should be, etc. Melinda Gates has managed to write this book in a very casual manner that you can really feel like you're there, witnessing whatever it is she was describing in the book. But she also talked about the things most people can relate to - the family that raised her, her academic achievements, her experiences in Microsoft being a girl in such a guy-dominated world of tech, her being Bill Gates's wife (more on this in a while), her being a leader. The scope of the book is quite wide indeed. If there's any downside here, I think it's the way she has tried to position herself in the narration. It felt like she was always trying to make it clear that she's bright, and she's probably not as popular as Bill Gates but she's supposedly just as good. It's probably bias, but well... yeah, you need to read it so you can evaluate it yourself :) All the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to charity, so that alone should be good enough reason to buy the book. But i think the moment to lift is not just when the book is bought, but I guess it's when it touches people's hearts and really inspires everybody who reads it to consciously and consistently try to do something good for people in need. A long weekend is coming up, this is really worth the time.