Around 200 years ago in West Bengal, a rich landlord’s wife taught herself to read and write. Her name was Rashsundari Devi. She is credited with the first autobiography ever by an Indian woman. The society in her time opposed to women’s education. They believed it would bring bad luck to their families. But Rashsundari Devi was determined to learn. Studying in secret, she taught herself the Bengali alphabet from her son’s books. At the age of 60, she wrote her own autobiography called Amar Jiban. In the book, she talks about her life in great detail.