Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Supertraits of Superstars - Book Review

About the Book
Title: Supertraits of Superstars
Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 978-81-291-2978-9
No. of Pages: 186
Price: 195 INR
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-help
About the Author

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 analysing 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 Cover Speaks

The carries a big shining star imbibing the names of some recognized Bollywood stars. It says , Success Secrets of Bollywood's Brightest.

"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.


Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Karan Johar. 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?

Authoress 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, Amir 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, this book will show you how to live life star-size.

Book Review

The book covers eleven Bollywood stars each with their one specific supertrait. Authoress has written each chapter in such a way that the reader is hooked to it to know more about his favorite star. Every chapter starts with a caricature of that Bollywood star and a quote. It's a unique style which interests the reader. The book starts with the star of the millenium Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his discipline. Jha has written about those stars who are the heartthrob of people of every age group, which makes the book another reason to be picked up. Next comes Shah Rukh Khan holding the flag of Passion. The interesting fact is it covers the three Khan's of Bollywood. The book ends with Salman Khan known for his Generosity. 

Bollywood stars are as common as we are but what makes them stand out from the rest and shine bright? This most sought-after question has been answered in this book. Many of us look at them to draw inspiration from who fell many-a-times but always emerged as the winner. This is one-of-its-kind book which many must be looking for to get motivated from their own idols. It's a calm boosting read.

In a Nutshell

This book makes you peep into the lives of your favorite Bollywood stars and learn a few traits of them which has enabled them to shine bright throughout their career.

My Rating


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

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