The Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan


Book: The Perils of Being Moderately Famous

Publisher:  Penguin Random House

About The AuthorSoha 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.

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 sister-in-law?
And where do I stand among them?


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Actor Soha Ali Khan’s debut book is at heart a brilliant collection of personal essays where she recounts with self-deprecating humor 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 life-from growing up as a modern-day 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 candor and wit.

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‘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-deprecating 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.

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Review: 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 knows 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 the 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. Those who love to read Bollywood memoirs must grab this book. I recommend it to everyone.

Verdict: ☆☆☆☆☆ A book that will take you to the inside of a famous Nawab family. I just loved reading about the famous but simple and courageous girl Soha Ali khan. Those who are interested to read Autobiography must buy this book.