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?
Actor Soha Ali Khan’s debut book is at heart a brilliant collection of personal essays where she recounts with self-deprecating 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 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 candour and wit.
A really light breezy book written by Soha Ali Khan, a moderately famous actress from a very famous and illustrious family. That’s what the premise of the book and it’s title is based on.
She has a lovely sense of humor and a great narrative style, and I really enjoyed reading about her life and background. As an actress, she is very talented – and so pretty too – and I honestly do not believe that fame is any indication of talent. I liked that her self-esteem was not tied to her fame, and that she was well-read, educated, and very grounded.
I especially enjoyed her chapters on her college life and travel experiences. Now that I think about it, those were the chapters that were about her, and not her family, or anyone else.
Coming from a family like hers, it would have been easy for her to be full of herself with an inflated ego, much like many other actresses we see today. But she isn’t. Soha is a class apart, and it shows in her writing. I think she should write more books! Maybe try her hand at fiction? I’d read them for sure.
I liked her as an actress, that’s why I picked up this book. After reading it, I also like her as a person. Really fun book, irrespective of whether you’re a Bollywood fan or not.