Essential Reads | Being Reshma: The Extraordinary Story of an Acid-Attack Survivor

Editor | Non-Fiction

On 19 May 2014, as seventeen-year-old Reshma Qureshi left home for the examination centre, everything happened in a flash. The men rushed towards her. Grabbed her. Tugged at her hair. Poured acid on her face. Soon she started to burn like a living corpse. The acid ate through her skin and aimed for her bones, but it could not quell the fire in her heart.

It lifted Reshma from tragedy and suffering and propelled her to New York, where she made global headlines by becoming the first acid-attack survivor to walk the runway at the New York Fashion Week. Now an international anti-acid-sale activist, vlogger, model, and the face of Make Love Not Scars, Reshma works tirelessly towards empowering other acid-attack survivors like herself and has become a beacon of hope for millions.

Inspiring and life-affirming, Being Reshma is the extraordinary story of a young girl from the slums of Mumbai, who overcame insurmountable odds in an unjust world and dared to change it.

In an interview with, Reshma said: “I have waited a long time to share my story with the world, and it is finally happening! Thank you to my co-writer Tania Singh, and thanks to Pan Macmillan India, for letting me tell it from the heart. My great wish is that it lends courage to those like myself, and to all my readers and well-wishers.”

Teesta Guha Sarkar, Senior Commissioning Editor, Pan Macmillan India, told “Reshma’s memoir is an important story of courage and hope that will resonate with all those who have battled oppression and violence. As she recounted her journey from childhood to acid attack, from suffering to global recognition, there is one thing that stayed with me: the passion in her voice, to rise above hate, to make a meaningful difference. We are so proud to be publishing her brave, moving memoirs.”

Reshma Qureshi is an Indian model, vlogger, and anti-acid activist. She is also the face of Make Love Not Scars, an NGO that works towards rehabilitating and empowering acid-attack survivors.

Tania Singh is the CEO of Make Love Not Scars. She lives in New Delhi.

Author, politician and diplomat Shashi Tharoor said: ‘Being Reshma is a powerful story of courage, perseverance and triumph … A significant achievement and a compelling read.”

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said “Reshma’s story is a must-read for everyone … There is much to learn from her inspirational life.”

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