Apart from mainstream Indian writers who have won accolades globally, once in awhile Indian celebrities come up with books that catch our attention. Many famous celebrities whom we idolize and admire have often been through their own struggles in life, which at times can not only shock but inspire many of their fans. Often celebrities share their life stories, struggles and their final success through speeches, interviews and books. Here is a list of 8 must-read books written by Indian celebrities which should not be missed by book lovers.
8. The Race of My Life: Athlete Milkha Singh’s Autobiography:
Authored By: Milkha Singh, Sonia Sanwalka
Rupa publications brought the autobiography of Milkha Singh in August 2013. The book is the inspiring story of the greatest athlete India has seen, who missed an Olympic medal by a difference of just 0.1 second, a feat which still remains to be equaled by any other Indian athlete. Popularly called ‘The Flying Sikh’, Milkha Singh’s story beats every fairy tale we have read. He was an orphan who first ran for a glass of milk and then rose to fame as genius and natural runner who is fondly remembered by every sport loving Indian.
7. Sunny Days:
Authored By: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunny Days is a fluently written fascinating book about the life and career of India’s greatest Test Batsman, who set innumerable records on cricket field. Like his flawless batting, his book is written with the same grace which lets the readers into the world of the Little Master. It covers up his life story, beginning with the enthralling incident when he was switched after birth, his growing up days, his career which began to take shape from school and finally his Cricket Test debut. Known for his subtle sense of humor, Gavaskar has come up with the best book ever written by a cricketer.
6. Quiver (Tarkash in Hindi):
Authored By: Javed Akhtar
Javed Akthar, the mesmerizing lyricist, poet and scriptwriter of Bollywood has come up with the Quiver full of arrows that will pierce your heart. Along with poetry and ghazals, Javed Akthar shares his experiences, struggle in life, misery, joys and accomplishments, in his own unique colloquial style. His small autobiography is an inspiration to many upcoming or struggling artists. The emotional intensity of the book will have the readers quivering as they surf through the pages.
5. Romancing With Life:
Authored By: Dev Anand
Finally in 2011 the evergreen star Dev Anand came up with his autobiography which takes readers through his life story spanning over six decades. Like his own personality, the book itself is written with his characteristic abandonment, without making much hue and cry about his failures, instead focusing on his achievements with pride. Dev Anand talks about his heroines, his fascination with some stars like Zeenat Aman, as he portrays himself as an eternal romantic who never gave up his quest for love and romance. The book is worth reading as it gives us a peek into an enigma called Dev Anand.
4. The Test of My Life from Cricket to Cancer and Back:
Called ‘Pure Inspiration’ by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, the book ‘The Test of My Life from Cricket to Cancer and Back’ is a touching experience of star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s battle with rare type cancer. Being a highly active sportsperson, the diagnosis of cancer came as a shock to Yuvraj Singh. In the book he recollects his traumatic experience, his struggle to accept the fact that he has cancer and finally his rise from the ashes like a phoenix.
3. Show Business:
Authored By: Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor, the Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Member of Parliament (MP) from the Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala, has come up with a fictional work which is a Parody, Satirical, Postmodern novel with elements of Roman à clef; all blended together in proper proportions. The lead character Ashok Banjara has strong resemblance to superstar Amitabh Bacchan of Bollywood. The intricate narrative structure in the inimitable style of Shashi Tharoor catches reader’s attention.
2. I Dare:
Authored By: Kiran Bedi, Parmesh Dangwal
The biography of Kiran Bedi has been hailed as ‘Biography of the Decade’ by India Today. Kiran Bedi herself has come a long way since her biography was published in 1995 and at present is on deputation with the United Nations as a ‘Civilian Police Adviser’. The book which was translated into 6 languages, reveals the struggles Kiran Bedi faced in her career and personal life and the bravery with which she overcame each hurdle in her own indomitable style. She was a brave Indian Police officer who fought corruption head on and shattered every attempt of her foes to sabotage her plans. Amazingly she still stands strong and continues to fight for justice.
1. Indomitable Spirit:
Authored By: A. P.J. Abdul Kalam
Former president of India and renowned scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is the man who left an indelible mark on the post of presidency in India. He is the winner of the Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1991 and Bharat Ratna in 1997. The book attempts to present the ideological thoughts and true persona of the great man in a simple form. The book includes his lectures on innovation and creativity, leadership of the nation, importance of science, spirituality, women empowerment, enlightenment of citizens and many other topics close to the heart of Kalam. The book along with his other books ‘Wings of Fire’ and ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium’ is a must read for all generations of Indians.