She defined charisma

Monday, 30 July 2012

She was beautiful. Ravishing. Gorgeous! Someone who could get men frothing at their mouths. Dark skinned yet ethnically,culturally and technically- a seductive star  who awed the whole nation.She was used,abused,tormented yet understood the game of her life. Penniless and a mother who schemed her through  the gutters of living. A living that no weak heart could survive.

After all, we ,the makings of mortality learn to SURVIVE right? It's a funny world. We survive gulping down all the absurdities of life. And that's proved in this book "Starry Nights" by Shobha De. I now know how controversial this book would've been ,then! 
I am not going to review the book. But this book portrays the untold stories of struggling men and women who rise to stardom and behave on their own whims and fancies despite their trying circumstances of greed,arrogance,unattended ambitiousness and utmost loftiness.  

I had nothing to particularly "learn" from this book but I think it makes you look at celebrities in different light.But like I said , I always fall in love with the main protagonist . Here it was Asha Rani aka Viji. Her character might look so outrageous but I think each one of us play our role in life to justice and to the fullest and so did She. See,I have become so defensive of Asha Rani now .Giving us cue from here that we have no business to judge people,whatsoever, because you have no idea what their journey is all about. Fate decides our rewards and punishments. So let's keep planting our life deeds for rewards alone! Because in our line of sight,life is always greener than it should be and punishments are hardly a thing. *Right,I am an idealist,  a romantic who can't take no for an answer.*

And I think Asha Rani was a revolution of sorts.She might have just jiggled her hips in skimpy outfits on screen and sizzled her way to stardom but her rising out of ashes every time she made stray mistakes is phenomenal. One doesn't get to see so many like her,really.I liked the book.Not "loved" but liked it.

Asha Rani will keep my soul stirring of all her doings,for a while.A character so bold, unambitious yet lucrative , reserved yet buoyant.Bitchy yet exuding charm. Trampy yet a walking ,waking charismatic beauty.Slutty yet a wife. Lusty yet blossoming with pristine, unadulterated love.Her love of life;Sasha- her daughter. 

I recommend you reading this book. But people,beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder ,er,reader! So if you sense the spark and glitter in all the muck ,then you're gifted to have witnessed and understood what we humans are capable of surviving. As a woman.As a girl.As a wife. As a mother.Picking up the shambles of life and sticking them back together and starting life all over again. It's phenomenal. 

Man..this book is exhilarating! It kept me hooked all through.

Go ahead, get intoxicated with Asha! I'm still reeling under her effect ;) You know how sentimental I get with these fictional characters no! Nooo..Asha's got to be real! :O

Ciao. Have a great week!!! :)
And hey, the message is, Never give up! Dream on baby! <3 
Dreams really do come true! Strive hard.Harder.


  1. S said...:

    Thank you Jen for the review. I have read Sobha De's autobiography "Selective Memories" in college and it is so remarkable. You would not regret reading it. I would recommend you to read that book -there is so much to learn from De's life.

  1. Raj said...:

    It is extremely good reading you after a long time. Welcome back. This is a beautiful article. You have done the right thing by not reviewing the book. You have given it a more personal touch by just telling how the book and its lead character affected you, moved you emotionally and what this book meant to you. And you have done it so endearingly and you have kindled in me a great interest to read this book. It sure looks like a gripping tale of human bonds that depicts life in its harsh reality. Will sure check it out.

  1. will give it a shot jen.. from your write up, the book sure sounds interesting.. Thanks for sharing..n as u said.
    dream on baby! :)

  1. So good to see you back, Jen with a nice analysis of the book by Shobha De! She knows her stuff well and that is what keeps the reader hooked.

  1. Jenny said...:

    Nice to see you back! I read her blog, but I am yet to read her books. This is a good review. I would now like to try her books!

  1. WOW! I anyway love Shobha De for her bluntness!
    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks fo this post..really


  1. Being able to speak out what you believe,irrespective of what others think,is a virtue.
    Especially as a writer.
    Jen,i love and respect that in you!
    And it is good to see you here after quite some time.

  1. Sri Valli said...:

    Good to see you back after long time....Thanks for such a sweet comment on my blog :)
    I don't read books much...But, your review on her sounds interesting...Will check her soon!

  1. Unknown said...:

    Bum.. write more often nA!

  1. magiceye said...:

    Loved your concluding lines..

  1. Mridula said...:

    Thanks for a good review.

  1. *La Dolce... Will sure read!! :)

    *RAJ!!! Thank for being so generous with your compliments! :D You really should check out this book!! :)

  1. *Rahul ji!! Totally!!!!! :)

    *Dreaming Wandering....Rightt!!!!! :D

  1. *Jenny ...yep..Shobha rocks! xD

    *Megha glad you did!!! :D

  1. *Jenny ...yep..Shobha rocks! xD

    *Megha glad you did!!! :D

  1. Oh thank you *Aslem!! :)

    Oh yes you should Valli! You are one of my fav bloggers! I couldn't let you sulk! xD *hugs*

  1. *Mrid *magiceye

    Thank YOU!

    *Kavi Yes sweets! I will! :D

  1. Unknown said...:

    Great post!

    3 words LOVE YOUR STYLE :)

    I'm an instant follower of you now :)

    Please feel free to check out my blog if you have the time



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