Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#BookReview : Supertraits of Superstars by Priyanka Sinha Jha

On the jacket:

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.  "Supertraits of Superstars could be a guidebook to a lot of youngsters out there who want to reach out for the stars and touch the sky." - John Abraham


We all see them movie stars on the screen, in films, attending award ceremonies, giving interviews and everything looks so perfect. Everyone is perfectly dressed, in perfect health and successful. We do know all this hasn't come to them in a platter, but rarely do we sit and think that movie stars are people who derive inspiration from. Of course, Hrithik coming out of the brain surgery, or Farhan Akhtar training for Bhag Milkha Bhag - are super swe-inspiring, but we don't really know much about the psyche of the person and what has gone to give them so much mental strength.

In Supertraits of Superstars, Priyanka Sinha Jha has picked up eleven superstars and in then, one major trait which has made them what they are. That's how the chapters are named. (eg) In Amitabh Bachchan she's picked discipline, while in Katrina Kaif, perseverance; reinvention in Vidya Balan and generosity in Salman Khan. In this book, Jha has also spoken about SRK, Aamir Khan, John Abraham, Ranbir Raj Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and Karan Johar.

Each of these people have been under immense public scrutiny and have had numerous chances to crumble and fall. But they didn't. How and why is what this book tells you. Jha has spoken about other traits of these stars too, and not only stuck to the traits mentioned in the chapter name. Every star has something we can draw from; learn and implement from. 

A very quick read, for it's simple language and gripping content - you wouldn't want to not read it all in one go. Personally, I was sold to the book and it's idea, right after the first chapter - the one on Amitabh Bachchan. It is the one I know I will keep coming back to, from time to time. 

Other interesting aspects of the book are the the quotes and the caricatures of the artists at the beginning of their chapters. Brilliant work, I must say.

Rating: ***.5/

[The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.]

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