Book Review – The Perils of Being Moderately Famous – Soha Ali Khan


Personally, I get very interested when a Bollywood celebrity writes a book. I firmly believe that there is a lot more to a celebrity than what we see on the silver screen or read on tabloids & their Social Media profiles. While it is famously said that actors are actors because they can make you believe in whatever they are saying or doing, I have my own disagreements with it. Soha Ali Khan’s book is the perfect example of what I believe about celebrities – there is a lot more to them.

Soha Ali Khan belongs to a family of rich & famous royals. Tiger Pataudi (father), Sharmila Tagore (mother), Saif Ali Khan (brother) and Kareena Kapoor Khan (sister-in-law) are extremely popular names and somehow Soha Ali Khan’s name is never taken in the same breath as these celebrities. However, she’s not anonymous. Soha honestly admits this in her book and for me, that’s where I was sold.

My favorite part of the book was the chapter about her life at Oxford University, and the most favourite anecdote was how she went to her graduation ceremony wearing her father’s socks! And my favourite quote from the book is “We travel because we know we will come home and when we do, home is the same but we are changed and that changes everything”. As someone who loves to travel, I could instantly connect to this thought.

Another anecdote from the book that has stayed with me is Soha’s experience of the 2005 floods in Mumbai. She describes how she was stranded on a road after her car broke down, and how people came forward to help her in various ways justifying the “The true spirit of Mumbai”, and while she was trying her best to reach her house, she took shelter in a broken BEST bus and ended up judging two women sitting in the same bus, whereas now when she thinks about that incident, these women were trying to give her hope in such a moment of travesty and confusion.

The perils of being moderately famous is a well-thought-out book and I must say, a well-written book as well. It doesn’t bore you with unnecessary anecdotes, everything has a purpose. Soha talks about her grandparents, parents, brother, husband and her new bundle of joy with utmost candidness. With an extremely fluidic writing style, which is simple enough to understand but doesn’t score low on finesse, Soha has written this book as if she was writing her own personal blog.

I would recommend this book to all those readers and non-readers too who just want to read and spend some time in reading book written with sheer honesty. It is enjoyable and you will end up recommending it to others as well.


Yatin Gupta

Yatin Gupta is an advertising professional by the day. An avid reader & Humans of New York fan, he feels that stories can influence how we see others & spark a change in behavior.

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