The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous
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.
‘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