The Perils of Be­ing Mod­er­ately Fa­mous by Soha Ali Khan

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - – by Hi­mani Gupta

It is a non­fic­tion au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of the fa­mous fam­ily of Soha Ali Khan. Nawabs, as well as the fam­ily of po­ets, was in­ter­est­ing to read. Soha had a very huge legacy of an­ces­tors from both sides but when you read her life you feel so much con­nected to her. Though she had a huge fa­mous per­son­al­ity in her fam­ily, yet she had to strug­gle a lot in her life. She was treated just as a sim­ple hu­man be­ing who had to study and, she did a 9-5 job in a bank just like us for a liv­ing. Soha had in­tro­duced both her fam­ily history at the be­gin­ning of the book which was re­ally an in­ter­est­ing read and to know more closely about her fam­ily. It also shows how much she val­ues her fam­ily. Soha Ali khan re­ally know how to play with words and she had nar­rated this tale bril­liantly. I re­ally en­joyed read­ing the chap­ter on Safeena. That was witty and an in­ter­est­ing read. The nar­ra­tion of the book was flaw­less. The ti­tle clearly re­flected Soha as a per­son. Though she was born in a fa­mous fam­ily, yet she leads a sim­ple life. She was never in a lime­light like all her fam­ily mem­bers.

Some parts of the story dragged too much but still her travel, Her love life was in­ter­est­ing to read. She had put her hand in ev­ery part of her life whether cor­po­rate world, Movies, au­thor, wife and now mother to a beau­ti­ful daugh­ter. Her jour­ney was witty, en­joy­able and coura­geous. I as a reader loved the mem­oir of her. Those who love to read

Bol­ly­wood mem­oir must grab this book. I rec­om­mend to ev­ery­one.

About the Book:

What is it like to be known as Man­soor Ali

Khan Pataudi's daugh­ter?

Or to have a mother as fa­mous as Sharmila Tagore?

Or to be rec­og­nized as Saif Ali Khan's sis­ter?

Or as Ka­reena Kapoor's sis­terin-law?

And where do I stand among them?

Ac­tor Soha Ali Khan's de­but book is at heart a bril­liant col­lec­tion of per­sonal es­says where she re­counts with self­dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour what it was like grow­ing up in one of the most il­lus­tri­ous fam­i­lies of the coun­try. With never be­fore pub­lished photos from her fam­ily's archives, The Perils of Be­ing Mod­er­ately Fa­mous takes us through some of the most poignant mo­ments of Soha's life­from grow­ing up as a mod­ern­day princess and her days at Bal­liol Col­lege to life as a celebrity in the times of so­cial me­dia cul­ture and find­ing love in the most un­likely of places-all with re­fresh­ing can­dour and wit. 'An ex­pert sto­ry­teller'-Pioneer 'Writ­ten with ab­so­lute forthright­ness and im­pec­ca­ble wit'-States­man

'Per­haps only the mod­er­ately fa­mous celebrity should write their own sto­ries . . . or per­haps, only Soha Ali Khan should write a mem­oir'-Ladies Fin­ger

'Ten­der and af­fec­tion­ate . . . Star­dom may have gone to the brother but grace seems to be a legacy re­ceived by Soha. Sig­nif­i­cant for the per­spec­tive that rich and fa­mous or not, in the end it's our val­ues that de­fine us'-Asian Age

'A light, breezy read, The Perils of Be­ing Mod­er­ately Fa­mous is un­like any other mem­oir'-DNA 'Her self-dep­re­ca­tory hu­mor­ous streak shines through'-Free Press Jour­nal

'Who can re­sist such a warm and self-dep­re­cat­ing ti­tle?'-Busi­ness Stan­dard

'If, un­til now, Soha Ali Khan was mod­er­ately fa­mous, then af­ter

read­ing The Perils of Be­ing Mod­er­ately Fa­mous I have no doubt that to­mor­row she can be­come ex­tremely fa­mous'First­post

'If you are one of those who closely fol­lows the news about roy­alty, Soha Ali Khan will soon give you an­other rea­son to keep your pas­sion alive'-Mid-day

'With a crystal-clear in­sight on who she is and what she has gone through, Soha proves with the book that even "mod­er­ately fa­mous" peo­ple are nor­mal hu­man be­ings'-New In­dian Ex­press

'Moves you to both re­flect on life and chuckle at many of its mo­ments'-Verve

'Read it in one go and loved it. Un­self­con­scious, truth­ful, funny and wise'-Sha­bana Azmi

'Soha Ali Khan is not just su­per con­fi­dent but an amaz­ingly coura­geous, bru­tally hon­est and de­li­ciously funny per­son who is con­sis­tently thought­ful and nat­u­rally bright in all that she chooses to pur­sue-a trek, a job, a role and now moth­er­hood . . . It is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve this is Soha Ali Khan's de­but book and I will never for­give her if this is her last book'-Bhawana So­maya 'Ab­so­lutely de­light­ful-ur­bane, witty, self-ironic! The au­tho­rial self is not iso­lated but, rather, em­bed­ded in a kalei­do­scope of drama­tis per­sonae, events, nar­ra­tive detours'-Ran­jit Hoskote 'Such a won­der­ful read. So warm, wise and witty'-Konkona Sen Sharma

'You of a starry night over the Sa­hara are fun, sim­ple, deep, quirky, funny, emo­tional, real, brave, hon­est and beau­ti­ful com­pany'-Maria Goretti

'Witty, self-de­pre­ci­at­ing but in the right way and so in­sight­ful! Some of the points made about hu­man be­ings and life need to be manda­tory read­ing!' -So­phie Choudry.

About the Au­thor:

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 Khemu.

Sum­mary:

Book: The Perils of be­ing mod­er­ately fa­mous

Pub­lisher: Pen­guin House

☆☆☆☆☆

Verdict: A book that will take you to the in­side of a fa­mous Nawab’s fam­ily. I just loved read­ing about fa­mous but sim­ple and coura­geous girl Soha Ali Khan. Those who are in­ter­ested to read Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy must buy this book. In her own words: I am Hi­mani Gupta, By pro­fes­sion, I am an HR Man­ager work­ing in Ben­galuru. Read­ing is my hobby which led me to write re­views for my read­ers. I have read and re­viewed nu­mer­ous books so far. Ro­hit is my fa­vorite writer as far as writ­ing is con­cerned and I wait for his books to read. If you wish to get your book re­viewed, do feel free to con­tact me.

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