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The Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan; reviewed by Amina Singh

At the book launch I was thoroughly enchanted by Soha ‘s candid speaking style .. she read excerpts and answered Barkha Dutt( who could have been avoided really!) rather frankly and entertainingly . Of course none of it surprised me as I know that is exactly what she’s like .. down to earth and fresh. A new mother and a new author besides being an good actress makes for a fabulous combo in this tiny writer.
I must admit being the moderately famous celebrity she claims to be , attached as it were to the larger family of extremely famous ones I fully expected something different, what I got was a fabulous read !
I must add that knowing the family made this all the more enjoyable.. for no other reason that every personality made me smile as that is exactly how they are in reality .. but what impressed me more was the language and the writing ..every description and dialogue and scene played in my mind like a movie reel whilst reading ! Soha nailed it as far as I’m concerned !

I’m Amina Singh from New Delhi .. A reader of all kinds of books .. occasionally brain dead only to come up to the surface to read a good one ! I have a varied and eclectic choice, usually fiction  .. from bleak Swedish authors to contemporary writers from the sub continent .. with a peppering of lighter reading of all kinds as well.

About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of two well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her third children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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