Saturday, 10 June 2017

A life like no other - TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar


Giving title to books is not easy. Especially biographical ones.  How to come up with something original and nice? How to convey and CONTEXTUALISE life in dance in a few words? How to relate to these times while recapturing old, bygone days? How to be truthful, yet not state all? How to avoid controversies while getting eyeballs? How to reach out differently? How to, how to...

Having written / produced/ edited more than 40 books out of which 7 are biographies, I can say with some authority that it is ultimately a gift. Saraswati truly has to bless, else it’s not doable. A Life like No Other....no, not mine but title and teeth (substance) of Sonal Mansingh’s biography written by a civil servant named Sujata Prasad is an unputdownable read. Sujata not knowing much about the dance field is actually a plus: Few biases, fewer prejudices. No camps or camouflaging. It’s an AS TOLD TO type of bio. 

And what a bio! Dancers act shy, coy, wishy-washy on surface. Under the surface, most are survivors, often cunning and occasionally smart. Some are truly talented too!  But bold (and beautiful), not many. Sonal Mansingh is.

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4 comments:

  1. As always, another very well written review by Ashish sir. Just ordered the book from Amazon after reading the review. :)

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  2. This review makes me want to buy the book and that I shall do.
    Nisha Chandwani

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  3. Gayathri keshavan16 June 2017 at 23:11

    The review itself is very interesting and makes one want to read the book.Sonal ji's dance and personality is dynamic and sets as an example for present day women empowerment as Ashish ji rightly said.

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  4. Gayathri keshavan16 June 2017 at 23:14

    The review itself is very interesting and makes one want to read the book.Sonal ji's dance and personality is dynamic and sets as an example for present day women empowerment as Ashish ji rightly said.

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