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The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous Paperback – 12 Dec 2017
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Soha Ali Khan is an Indian film actor who has appeared in movies such as Rang De Basanti, Tum Mile and Go Goa Gone. She studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford, and earned a masters' degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the youngest daughter of actor Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth nawab of Pataudi. Both her father and paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, were former captains of the Indian cricket team. Her older brother is Saif Ali Khan and she's married to actor Kunal Kemmu.
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But still, I loved this book. I think it is because it made me feel how similar families and people are, no matter what economic background they come from. The parenting, the adolescence, and the learning we all individually go through to become who we are and have a life of our own.
I do not personally like to rate autobiographies, because it means rating someone's life and their feelings and experiences, but these 4 stars are for the feeling this book gives me.
Language Skills: 4 stars out of 5
Candidness: 4.5 stars out of 5
Topic Covered: 3.5 out of 5
You almost don't expect an actress to be this witty!
Soha Ali Khan’s debut novel, ‘The Perils of being moderately famous’ is a rare memoir. Being an actress and a Nawabzadi primarily, you expect anecdotes on fame, celebrity meetups, parties etc. But Soha Ali Khan is almost opposite of all that and hence a breath of fresh air!
In this personal memoir, the title garners an instant attention. The minute you lay eyes on the title, you know this isn’t going to be one of the pseudo-intellectual and flashy celebrity memoirs.
Soha dedicates this book to her daughter Inaaya. Thus, every chapter, page and memory expressed stands true to her innate desire. Soha is brilliant with her words, you almost don’t expect an actress to be this witty. The flair with which she narrates her funny, serious and sad experiences is commendable. Of course, you expect an Oxford graduate to sound smart but certainly not this candid. Being born in a family of achievers, Soha feels she is moderately famous and puts forth several incidents where she gets the spotlight but is asked only about her parents, brother, sister in law or her baby nephew. With an entertaining flair for writing comprising of stellar one-liners, Soha depicts what a sport she has been all her life.
Even though Soha considers her moderately famous, she interacts with her daughter and the readers, while giving best of advice on education, travel and love. How they change you as a person, be it in any phase of life is what this book is all about. But it's Soha's inadvertent humour which gets full points.
Through this book, you will see a different side of royals, actors and celebrities in India. Soha’s journey through Delhi- Oxford- Paris- Morocco- Mumbai is a ride worth witnessing. Grab a copy if you are a fan of Bollywood memoirs or books which take a lighter yet significant stand on education, religion, career switches and the Indian Film Industry.
My favourite paragraph: If we are unwilling to dig deeper within ourselves to get in touch with our dreams and fears, we are unlikely to give that chance to our friends. So much so that people have stopped really knowing each other or impacting each other’s lives. It is more of an existence and less of a life, a life more empty than full. The irony is that as an actor you are required to dig deep and unearth emotions, to empathize with the characters you play on screen. But how can you do that honestly if you are convinced the world revolves around you? If, like Mercator, you have not stepped out to experience the world in all its diversity and magnificence? That is why it is essential to take the plunge and dive deep. Move outside of your comfort zone. Test yourself. Learn to live and love completely. And one of the best ways to do that is to pack a bag and get out of Bollywood. Remind yourself of the tiny speck you are in the universe. Because if you continue to live on the surface you will flatline.
She in a sarcastic tone mentions about the daily schedule of her everyday life with other grandmother about 80 years, which every one should read. She mentions her father repeatedly, his principals, her actress mother and the super stardum in her extended family and it's pros and cons.
Soha Ali Khan, I found should seriously concentrate on writing which at times is sarcastic and hilarious. A little more editing is what I found was the only flaw the book had.
A new innings by an actress who was a banker who is a modern day princess and a new mother.
A one time read. Nothing that you will miss, honestly. But if you do want to indulge in a light read, pick this up.
Review:3.5 stars out of 5
Language Skills: 4 stars out of 5
Candidness: 4 stars out of 5
But the travelling and decision which she made between (20-27), I was quite interested towards it, as I am going through that phase of love and all life thing. Great book maam. 😊😊
The cool part is that book is written in a simple and crisp manner that you can read it in one go. So going with 3 stars (actually 2.5 but that is not an option here).
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