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More a chronicle than a biography!
15 October 2018
One of my favourite biographies is 'Snowball' by Alice Shroeder. She worked with a towering personality and yet, held her own and wrote one of the most comprehensive books on a mostly one-dimensionally-thought-of person - Warren Buffett.
This book is the exact opposite of Snowball. All the author does is worship and list down facts and opinions without any real interpretation of his own. The one-dimensional-interpretation of super-gifted Rahman continues.
I longed for a book that talked about his failures and struggles with a bit more depth, making Rahman a bit more identifiable and such. Those chapters are rushed through and voiced through his sister rather than the man himself. The other side never gets looked into. He's as opaque as ever!
Had to plough through what should really be named "Chronicles of ARR". Can't trash it because of my interest in the man and yet, can't read it for its chronicles-styled narrative.
Someone should have told the author that he was writing a biography and not history of the man.
As for the "authorised biography" bit - don't get conned by it. Rahman is as closed as ever with already known bits diced out with a newer sauce.
I still read it for the love and respect I hold for ARR and his music.