Skip to main content

Book Review - Supertraits of Superstars (Priyanka Sinha Jha)




Title: Supertraits of Superstars
Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha
Genre: Non-fiction / Self-help
Publisher: Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
First published in 2014
Pages: 186
Price: Rs. 195 (Print copy)

Priyanka Sinha Jha's Supertraits of Superstars is about 'Success Secrets of Bollywood's Brightest'. A self-help motivational book, using biographical anecdotes from the lives of some Bollywood Stars.

The book is not exactly biographical because it doesn't narrate life-stories of these actors. Rather a few incidents from their lives are used to highlight their 'supertraits'.

As the author says in the introduction to this book, reading Richard Bach's Illusions as a youngster was a life-changing moment for her. As a journalist, she interacted with Bollywood actors. She got inspired by them.

It takes an open and positive mind to be able to appreciate and soak up the goodness, to be able to make it a motivational factor for oneself.

Eleven superstars with supertraits that have been 'sharpened patiently over the years'.
Amitabh Bachchan's Discipline, Shah Rukh Khan's Passion, Vidya Balan's Reinvention, Aamir Khan's Perfection,...

The book starts with Amitabh Bachchan - a good start. His discipline, punctuality and humility is impressive, and the author illustrates them with impressive incidents.

"Success can be as difficult to process and assimilate as a failure and rejection"
The supertraits are about achieving success, but all these individuals have been successful for quite sometime now, and it is a supertrait in itself to be able to not let this success get to oneself and take it in one's stride.

Discipline, hardwork, humility, never-say-die attitude, focus and much more... and knowing that these stars live each day working harder, not taking their success for granted, is a great motivation.

One of the questions I was asking myself as I read this book was whether a reader who is not familiar with the world of Bollywood would enjoy this book.
I think, yes, but not half as much as a Bollywood fan would.

To clarify, I love my fair share of Hindi films and do browse through Bombay Times and HT City almost every day. In a Dentist's waiting room, I would usually reach for 'Filmfare' or 'Stardust'.
On the other hand, I don't read any of these cover to cover.
So, I am interested enough, but not a crazy fan.

Being the Editor of Screen, I am sure she knows tons about the private lives of these stars. Her integrity has to be appreciated as she doesn't resort to gossip - it would certainly have additional waves for the book.

A lot of incidents or habits she wrote of are already well-known. Aamir Khan, for instance, is referred to as perfectionist all the time. It is the way, these traits are explained that one can use this book as a positive motivational book.

There are a couple of instances where I felt that certain topic has been over-discussed, though.

The book is about admiration of these wonderful individuals.

The author uses clear expression, identifying the core strength of these actors, rather than vaguely telling stories about them.
It is like someone explaining a boring subject to you in an entertaining way, making it interesting.

I would have loved a few more anecdotes, some more stories I didn't know of.

In the author's words:
"While this book may or may not turn you into a Bollywood star, it can certainly make you a superstar in your own universe."

Some actors I wish had been included - Kajol, Anil Kapoor, Sushmita Sen (Don't call her a superstar, but write about her), Farhan Akhtar.

Can we look forward to a sequel?

Read it even if you don't usually read about Bollywood stars. The book is about hardworking individuals who are actors.




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Lauren Carr's A Fine Year for Murder

Book Title : A Fine Year for Murder Author:   Lauren Carr Series : Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 2) Category :  Adult fiction, 422 pages Genre :  Murder Mystery Publisher :  Acorn Book Services Content Rating : PG ( mild violence and sexual suggestion) My Review The second installment of Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery Series, A Fine Year for Murder surprises you with the thrill of a mystery that involves the back story of one of the central characters introduced in Kill and Run, the first book in the series, Jessica. Jessica's nightmares and a new twist to an old murder case have her, along with her husband Murphy, going to the scene of the crime, a place where she had spent many a holiday during her childhood days. Once again, the author manages to weave the relationships and emotions with the thrill of solving cases. A Fine Year for Murder introduces many new characters and puts Jessica and Murphy's relationship to test as they struggle to bring together the

Gallardo's Ready for the World - Superstar (Book Review)

Title: Ready for the World - Superstar Author: Charmeljun Gallardo Genre: Young Adult/Coming of Age Book Review The second installment in Gallardo's Ready for the World series starts with the protagonist, Brandon working on his book. The series is set in 1980s when the typewriters ruled and cellphones and social media had not taken over the lives of youngsters. Superstar takes off where the first book, Driver's Education had ended. Brandon has realised that being a writer is his calling and being with his childhood friend, Ally his destiny. Life seems to be sorted. But then when are things in life ever so simple? Well, they are not simple in this case either.  Through the course of this book, we see Brandon struggling with his feelings, discovering things about himself as he goes along,  hanging out with friends,  living through high school, taking a job and finding new interests, struggling with difficult choices and heartbreak... basically living the life of a teenager.

Sunayna Prasad's A Curse of Mayhem

Book Title : A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2) Author : Sunayna Prasad Category : Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  173 pages Genre : Fantasy Publisher : Amazon KDP Release date:  July 2019 Content Rating : G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever. My Review Six months after her first encounter with magic, thirteen-year-old Alyssa encounters the world of magic again. The difference this time is that she herself can perform magic, something she needs to get rid of to live a normal life. Alyssa's home life has improved since the first book as she is now living with her godfather, Alex. The enemy in this one is Errol, a wizard from ages ago, who is trying to find life again through Alyssa. In A Curse of Mayhem, Alyssa struggles to find a balance between her life - home, school, grades, friends and the fight to escape another evil wizard. Talking about the evil wizard, the one from the first book does have a presence on this one too