In I Kick and I Fly Ruchira Gupta has given readersGloria SteinemOutrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
an irresistible story, and one that could save lives.
Any work from Ruchira Gupta is sure to further the cause ofAlice WalkerThe Color Purple
liberating women, and in this novel, it is the freedom of girls.
Having been to the red-light district I Kick and I Fly soAshley JuddAll that Is Bitter and Sweet
searingly captures, I can testify that this book is essential
reading for anyone wanting to help girls end sex-trafficking.
Gupta renders Heera’s perseverance amid grueling circumstancesPublisher’s Weekly
via straightforward prose and imbues this searing tale with an
ominous ambiance that complements its dark themes.
Ruchira Gupta gives readers an empathetic and unflinchingNatalie C. AndersonCity of Saints and Thieves
glimpse into a world little known to outsiders.
Gupta’s I Kick and I Fly is simply magnificent. A beautifully tenderAyaan MohamudYou Think You Know Me
and sensitive exploration of one girl’s fight to reclaim her body in
a world where the sex trade is seen as inescapable.
Ruchira Gupta has crafted a page-turner of a read,Gayle FormanIf I Stay
stepped in place and full of indelible characters, managing
to be at once propulsive and enlightening, infuriating and inspiring.
This incredible book manages to offer an uplifting and hopefulEmily AutenreichA Seat at the Table Books
story without downplaying the incredibly harsh realities its characters,
and the people who inspired them, face. Must-read.
Ruchira’s I Kick and I Fly is a stark, beautiful, impossibly heartbreakingStaceyann ChinThe Other Side of Paradise
look at the lives of girls on whom prostitution and trafficking is made
into a way of life. This book is a call to action…
This book had me crying AND cheering on the subway…Rebecca ShoafBoogie Down Books
A powerful story about courage, community, and kicking ass.
Meet the Author
Ruchira Gupta is an Emmy winning journalist and founder of the anti sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap that helps women and girls exit systems of prostitution. I Kick and I Fly is her debut fiction novel.
She has been given the French Ordre National du Mérite, Clinton Global Citizen Award, and the UN NGO CSW Woman of Distinction among other honors for her contribution to the establishment of the UN Trafficking Fund for Survivors, the passage of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act and her grassroots activism with Apne Aap. She holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Smith College. Ruchira has worked for the United Nations in Nepal, Thailand, Kosovo, Iran, and USA. She teaches occasionally as a visiting professor at New York University.
Sponsor a girl like Heera
Founded by author Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap International empowers women and girls from marginalized communities and at risk of intergenerational prostitution. Focus is on keeping girls enrolled in school, building their self-confidence, and providing education about their rights – ultimately bringing them out of prostitution or the risk of being prostituted.