Book Review 2- "The perils of being moderately famous" - By Soha Ali Khan
After reading Plato and Platypus, my brain was processing fast and eventually heating up. I was trying to uncover the layers of human nature by applying my learnings to the surroundings. And such process helps in filling the mental vacuum and smoothening the acute edges of our thoughts. Therefore, after this heavy intensity brain workout I wanted to read light and breezy stuff.
I looked in my bookshelf, and saw this book on top. First, I felt disgusted about myself for the choice of books that I order sometimes just seeing a celebrity face on it. But then in a fit of overcoming low confidence I picked up the book.
Soha Ali Khan's writing supported my choice of taking a break from heavy reading and made me feel ordinary or can say normal, with no high crowns of wisdom. Her anecdotes were at times funny and real. She has nice flair and tells the truth with both pinch of salt and sugar. It is not completely a girl next door variety but she is capable to take you in her zone and gaming you to accept the facts. Like, when she explains her transition from Delhi to London life, her impulsive decisions when on hike/travel, her relation with her mother and her evolving love status with her husband. Its all relatable. I felt immensely relaxed after reading the book. Its soothing and occasionally brings you bouts of laughter with her punch lines and imaginations.
Highs: Light read during a vacation/break. Can be easily finished in a day and brings you good sleep at the end of the day.
Lows: If you are conscious about your 'intellectual' reads then you should probably hide it in almirah with a blanket cover. Because it might be difficult for you to explain its existence in the first place.
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Book: The perils of being moderately famous
Author: Soha Ali Khan
Number of pages: 200
What's the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear this woman's name?
Just another Bollywood actress, the superstar Saif Ali Khan's sister or one of the members of the elite Pataudi family?
This book enlightens you to know more about the amazing woman she is. A brilliant writer, Soha Ali Khan will make you look at her in a completely new perspective with her book filled with self deprecating humor, her not so moderate life stories and what is it like to be an actress, a princess, an independent young woman, an adventurous traveller and a well educated, intellectual Oxford graduate.
For anyone looking for a light life based novel with elements of humor and interesting stories, this is the book to read! Her writing style will keep you engrossed till the very end and you will definitely thank me later for this recommendation. This book was fun to read and had it's share of impactful life lessons along with the funny parts. All in all, a perfect book to spend your weekend with! Will also share few of my favorite lines from the book to help you know what makes it so special! Happy Reading!😇
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The Perils of being Moderately Famous, is a memoir written by Soha Ali Khan. She gives an account of her life as a daughter of Nawab and a successful Bollywood actress. 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. 📚
Apart from being a Moderate achiever in tha family of overachievers, she gives the details about her education at Oxford, backpacking adventures around Europe and Africa, her corporate job at Citibank and also about Kunal Khemu and the arrival news of her daughter Inaaya.
The Perils of being Moderately Famous, is a collection of snippets, feelings, lessons learned, what is takes to be 'moderately famous' in the family of overachievers and what happens to you as a person when you are always referred like daughter, sister or sister-in-law of someone and what happens to your psyche and identity-that is exactly the reason why I wanted to read this wonderful memoir by Actress Soha Ali Khan. 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.
What I liked the most about this book was, the complete ease of reading. The events are not setup in any chronological order, yet you feel a strong ease in reading the content. The major thing I disliked about the book was, that it skimmed the surface about many things, I wish it had more content, more revelations about her family, education at Oxford and her backpacking stories. Part of the books, felt more like diary entries but then there are parts that were too hard to miss.
The another best part about the book was that Soha refrained from mentioning much about the Bollywood gossips and everything around. This book is not about Soha as a Bollywood actress rather it's more about her normal life, education, job and family. This was the main reason I loved this book.📚
“The perils of being moderately famous” - @sakpataudi
Coming from a graduate from oxford this book is absolutely meeting up the elevation of excellence the writing style should have.
This book by Soha ali khan,
is neither a saga of a Bollywood celebrity
nor its about the classic lifestyle she was brought up into.
Rather this book concludes really self depreciating passages narrating the life experiences a star kid went through and how beautifully they turned to be life lessons.
With so much of inspirations and acheivers around, how SLB stood for securities lending and borrowing and not Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
How PC was not Priyanka chopra but P.Chidambaram, the book will give you insight to her life beyond Bollywood.
At the very beginning the chapter ‘big shoes,small feet’ bored me a little but then the tables turned and the ‘bangla bolte paro’ turned out to be so much informative from historical facts to really beautiful work of literature from the well renowned tagore family.
And the graph continued to go up from humour the media conferences had to the beautiful phase ‘a coming of age’ , which totally became my favourite part of the book with her inspiring oxford journey.
The book is a blockbuster in itself, having good literature, good humour, a love story, amazing facts, a perfect blend of ingenuity with a pinch of motivation and definitely much more than I expected. I wonder if it’s really her first book or she’s lying. She has the notability to keep the reader hooked till the next chapter.
This book left me wanting more from her perspective of life and surprisingly it was somewhere relatable. A soothing read.
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