Blurb: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Karan Johar. Each of these celebrities are adored and looked up to by millions who aspire to emulate their success stories. But what is it that separates them, and other Bollywood stars, from the rest? Which is that one defining trait that makes them stand out, and how can you benefit from knowing it? In this one-of-a-kind book, Priyanka Sinha Jha looks at eleven luminaries from Bollywood, and the attribute that is perhaps most responsible for their success. She details their stories; their struggles, their efforts to overcome setbacks, and what it is about them that made them not just reach the top of their game, but stay there. Be it Amitabh Bachchan’s discipline, Aamir Khan’s perfectionist nature, Salman Khan’s generosity, John Abraham’s enterprise or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s grace—each star has one unique quality that others can imbibe to reach greater heights in their own lives. With pithy observations and inspirational conversations, Supertraits of Superstars will show you how to live life star-size.
About the author: Priyanka Sinha Jha is a journalist who in her eighteen-year-long career, has written on celebrities, films, lifestyle, business and more. She has been a correspondent for publications as varied as Citadel, The Asian Age and Intelligent Investor. At the age of twenty-six, she became the editor of Society, India’s first celebrity magazine, followed by a stint as editor of HT Style and HT Saturday. Currently, she is the editor of Screen, India’s foremost film and entertainment weekly. She has also contributed to Outlook, The Week and Tehelka, and has a regular column in The Indian Express: Play.
Review: It took me just a day to complete the full book. Easy and convenient read is how I would like to describe it. The author has attempted short biographies of 11 superstars of Hindi film industry such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan and Vidya Balan. While reading the book I felt it was just like reading from few of film entertainment pages of the newspaper. The best part of the book is that it does not just talk about character(s) of the favourite stars but also elucidates that how these qualities which they have, can be infused in ourselves which can facilitate us in realizing our goals. An insight into many sides of the stars was an appealing examine by the author. My preferred chapter was on my favourite star – Salman Khan. Not just each chapter starts with a citation relating to the star’s quality, but examples, incidences and dialogues from interviews help us to comprehend them in a better way. This book is non-fiction and I would highly recommend reading once.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
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