- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Juggernaut; Latest edition (29 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193284143
- ISBN-13: 978-8193284148
- Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.5 x 13.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Amma: Jayalalithaa's Journey From Movie Star To Political Queen Paperback – 29 Aug 2016
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About the Author
Vaasanthi is one of Tamil Nadu's best known writers. Her books include Cut-Outs, Caste and Cine Stars: The World of Tamil Politics, and several novels. She was editor of the Tamil edition of India Today for nearly ten years.
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Top Customer Reviews
Other than minor nuggets on the political leader’s childhood, her evolution as a box office super star, her on-off relationship with the ageing AIADMK leader MGR, her entry into politics, her torturous struggle to wrest control of the party and finally emerging as an autocratic, welfare oriented politician / CM – the book offers nothing. Just a series of events in her life written about in a sequential manner.
Here was a subject who was a multifaceted personality and led a complicated life. A Brahmin Iyengar girl who ruled over a party founded on caste politics which was pronouncedly anti Brahmin, a woman who made it on her own in a decidedly chauvinistic male dominated party, an autocrat who brooked no dissent - She would be an author’s delight if someone had taken the trouble to research and presently a scholarly tome of a shy, diligent girl and her transformation to a Czarina…with the political transformation of the Dravidian parties in the back-drop. Unfortunately, the opportunity was lost.
The book seems to have been written based more on gossip and hearsay. Even the not so known details of her life like her relationship with a Telugu super star are only briefly alluded to.
I may not agree with Jayalalithaa’s politics and her style of governance…but one has to admit…that she was remarkable….and she deserves a better book on her…..possibly someone can tempt Ramachandra Guha to write about her.
Could she not get a detailed perspective from journalists like Cho, Sekhar, Shyam ?
Read the first line again before you buy the book.
But overall I think Vaasanthi did a good job in bringing about various stories of Jayalalitha's life and put them together in one place. It is a one time read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book...Well explained....Straight to the life of J jayalalitha....Published 6 days ago by Sidhi
A nice small book for readers who want to know the personal and political life of Ms jayalalita.Published 2 months ago by SARANG VIBHA
Many unknown things about amma's life and TN politics are revealed. A good read for a reasonable price.Published 3 months ago by K.rao
A book which will take you closer to her dedication towards study,acting and politics.if you want to know about a state topper in 10th board a leading actress a five time cm then... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aditya Deshmukh
Vasanthi has given a great insight into Madam Jaya's life and our heart goes out to her when we realize what she was put through and we now understand why she had the tough... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amma. This is first of Tamil word. She is ultimately fit the person( amma Jayalalithaa)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer