Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: Supertraits of Superstars by Priyanka Sinha Jha

Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 978-81-291-2978-9
Price: 195 INR
Pages: 186


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.


Mumbai is a city of dreams and the city of Bollywood. Every day people from all over the country come here in hopes of ruling the Friday Box-Office one day. But only some succeed. ‘Supertraits of Superstars’ by Priyanka Sinha Jha tells the success stories of 11 luminaries of the Bollywood industry. The author focuses on the traits of each of these celebrities which they have mastered and which has enabled them to reach the pinnacle of glory and success.


i. Truly inspirational and easy to relate
ii. A light read and a page turner
iii. Describes how the celebrities overcame their shortcomings
iv. The several anecdotes and interview quotes keeps the book interesting


While the language is crisp and has been written targeting all age-groups, it was a bit repetitive with the author going around in circles. Each of the chapters could have been decreased a bit and instead the traits of more luminaries like Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Hasan, Rajinikanth, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit could have been added.

Best Chapters: Vidya Balan, John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan

If you’re a Bollywood fan or you like self-help books, ‘Supertraits of Superstars’ is a must-read book for you.

Rating: 3.5/5

Author Bio:

Priyanka Sinha Jha is a journalist who in her eighteen-year-long career, has written on celebrities, films, lifestyle, business and more. She has been a correspondent for publications as varied as Citadel, The Asian Age and Intelligent Investor. At the age of twenty-six, she became the editor of Society, India's first celebrity magazine, followed by a stint as editor of HT Style and HT Saturday. Currently, she is the editor of Screen, India's foremost film and entertainment weekly. She has also contributed to Outlook, The Week and Tehelka, and has a regular column in The Indian Express: Play.

Between analyzing celebrities and earning her daily bread, she likes to travel to unknown destinations, watch films and argue endlessly on egalitarian issues with friends and family.

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

Saturday, March 1, 2014

86th Annual Academy Awards (OSCARS 2014) Predictions


The nominees:

Before Midnight- Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips- Billy Ray
Philomena- Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave- John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street- Terence Winter

Major Contenders- 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street

Winner: 12 Years a Slave


The nominees:

American Hustle- Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine-Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club- Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Her- Spike Jonze
Nebraska- Bob Nelson

Major Contenders- American Hustle and Her

Winner: American Hustle


The nominees:

The Croods- Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
Despicable Me 2- Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
Ernest & Celestine- Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
Frozen- Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
The Wind Rises- Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Major Contenders- Frozen and The Wind Rises

Winner: Frozen


The nominees:

Sally Hawkins- Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence- American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o- 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts- August: Osage County
Jane Squibb- Nebreska

Major Contenders- Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o

Winner- Lupita Nyong'o


The nominees:

Barkhad Abdi- Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper- American Hustle
Michael Fassbender- 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill- The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto- Dallas Buyers Club

Major Contenders- Barkhad Abdi and Jared Leto

Winner- Jared Leto


The nominees:

Amy Adams- American Hustle
Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock- Gravity
Judi Dench- Philomena
Meryl Streep- August: Osage County

Major Contenders- Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Judi Dench

Winner- Cate Blanchett


The nominees:

Christian Bale- American Hustle
Bruce Dern- Nebreska
Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor- 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers Club

Major Contenders- Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey

Winner- Matthew McConaughey


The nominees:

American Hustle- David O. Russell
Gravity- Alfonso Cuarón
Nebraska- Alexander Payne
12 Years a Slave- Steve McQueen
The Wolf of Wall Street- Martin Scorsese

Major Contenders- David O. Russell and Alfonso Cuarón

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón


The nominees:

American Hustle
Captain Philips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Major Contenders- American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

I hope we all have a gala time watching the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Have a Nice Day.