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Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here This is a story about India My India It is a very personal story You see, I m exactly as old as India is It all began when, viewing the breathless preparations for independent India s th birthday celebrations and poised then on her own sixth decade Shobhaa D was struck by the thought Surely my life has taken the same trajectory as the country s In an intimate confession to her readers, she answers that question, and many Does India really deserve to congratulate itself Has it lived up to the early promises it made to its people Does the author believe in India herself In Superstar India, an intimate confession to her readers, De answers these questions and discovers a jawan young India, ready to find its place in today s world Discussion everything from Mayawati s success, the global economic recession and terrorism to the Rakhi Sawant phenomenon, she debunks many accepted conclusions about her country with humorous argumentativeness to finally convince us that India is already a superstarWitty, passionate and gloriously opinionated, Superstar India celebrates the spirit of a nation that is certainly not about to lost its glow

  • Paperback
  • 456 pages
  • Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable
  • Shobhaa Dé
  • English
  • 12 May 2019
  • 0143102583

About the Author: Shobhaa Dé

Shobha Rajadhyaksha known as Shobhaa D is an Indian columnist and novelist She graduated from St Xavier s College, Mumbai with a degree in psychology After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, during the course of which she founded and edited three magazines Stardust, Society, and Celebrity.In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of the Times of India In her columns, she used to explore the socialite life in Bombay lifestyles of the celebrities At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines.De is married to Dilip De, her second husband and they have six children from their first marriages She lives in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.



10 thoughts on “Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable

  1. says:

    The Book starts with infectious energy and excitement from the author I actually found myself having goosebumps at times with her positivity about India and all things Indian Then just when I started doubting her for going over the top in supporting her country, I realise the pace and excitement of her depiction of India slows down a little Then you get a look at the sides where the grass isn t greener She covers almost every aspect of India from urban to rural, cricket to Bollywood, the eco The Book starts with infectious energy and excitement from the author I actually found myself having goosebumps at times with her positivity about India and all things Indian Then just when I started doubting her for going over the top in supporting her country, I realise the pace and excitement of her depiction of India slows down a little Then you get a look at the sides where the grass isn t greener She covers almost every aspect of India from urban to rural, cricket to Bollywood, the economy to traditions, the traditional older lot to the youth, who are at times responsible and at times infuriatingly ignorant and complacent of everything they have She does concentrate a lot on Mumbai though and a littleon the metro life But then never leaves out anything, if at all, less elaborating other stuff.So well, its a well balanced book that gives a wide unbiased and yet largely optimistic book about India She narrates well and is funny as well as aggressive in parts I recommend this to all Indians even the ones who don t read.This book will make you think I like the patriotism which De endorses It s about loving and standing up for your nation whilst not ignoring the issues and idiosyncrasies that come along with being an INDIAN I give it 3 out of 5

  2. says:

    I have no idea how I came to be in the possession of this book But, since I did have it in my library, I felt duty bound to read it before I gave it away Written in usual breezy style, it is a book easy to read but has nothing meaningful to offer any discerning reader Moreover, it makes statements and arguments that are affront to one s intelligence and humanity Former because she won t provide any data and research to back any of her statements and conclusions there is one place where she I have no idea how I came to be in the possession of this book But, since I did have it in my library, I felt duty bound to read it before I gave it away Written in usual breezy style, it is a book easy to read but has nothing meaningful to offer any discerning reader Moreover, it makes statements and arguments that are affront to one s intelligence and humanity Former because she won t provide any data and research to back any of her statements and conclusions there is one place where she says she doesn t like data number but there is another anecdote where she claims to have convinced someone of something with data very contradictory and latter because of her privilege Based on her one voyeuristic attempt to spy on a couple having sex in a slum that itself is bizarre that she did it she determined the quality of copulation in slums is bad and couldn t fathom why they even bother Though in once place she does propagate same Ghulam Nabi Azad quote that it s probably because they have no distractions such as TV Please don t ask for data It is not that kind of book In another place, she seemed shocked that a modern day fop probably from the slums again had dared to ask 4,000 as salary for some domestic chores She wasaffronted by the fact this was the salary she had earned as editor decades ago The irony of that someone privileged as she feels affronted by this in a book where it is about unstoppable India Unstoppable India better not expect her to shell outthan minimum wages There were a few other disturbing things but these stand out in memory my Google Keep notes lost in sketchy network on train Most chapters meandered into topics that really had no connection to the title of the chapter However, conversational, magazine style of writing somehow holds the rambling together.She is right about a few things though when she presents her opinions no data again but we see One being our collectively lost cultures For example, just as she can no longer celebrate Diwali as her mother as those recipes of homemade savories are lost forever, neither can I recreate the gourmet delights and festivities like my Ma always has My children, if there ever are any, will never know these customs What a sad thought.If you come across this book, do yourself a favor and skip There is no takeaway Move onto next interesting book

  3. says:

    Is India a superpower Is it ready to plunge itself into the world and take lead In this book, Shobhaa De explores these and many other aspects of India Starting with the dirt streets of Agra en route to the Taj Mahal, she takes us across India, explores the similarities with China, goes to Mayawati and Rakhi Sawant, cricket and religion, sex and social pretension, men, women you name it It s all India De discusses every issue that makes India what it is today young India, jawan India, ou Is India a superpower Is it ready to plunge itself into the world and take lead In this book, Shobhaa De explores these and many other aspects of India Starting with the dirt streets of Agra en route to the Taj Mahal, she takes us across India, explores the similarities with China, goes to Mayawati and Rakhi Sawant, cricket and religion, sex and social pretension, men, women you name it It s all India De discusses every issue that makes India what it is today young India, jawan India, our India.There isn t anything new that you learn from the book We know all the things mentioned in it Sometimes, it takes a reminder to get over the cynicism and negativity surrounding India to celebrate its success that it earned over its 60 independent years De takes each issue with passion and brings out both the negative and positive aspects surrounding it For example The trouble is Indians aren t used to being prosperous We arecomfortable dealing with poverty after all, poverty is a stable here, and has been for centuries Pg 29Soon after, she points out that from being dependent on food, we achieved self sufficiency not just in the agricultural area but also that we now use plastic money Money is flowing Rightly, put We all use ATM cards and credit cards now It s platinum and titanium that rules And plastic of course Pt 32Taking each issue with this view, she proves that India has indeed made itself into a superpower Don t fool yourselves though This book is a highly opinionated blog of De s It is true that ALL of De s predictions Mayawati s coming to power, Rahul Gandhi s fiasco, cricket s future, etc have turned out true However, we must not forget that there are two sides to every coin Moreover, when opinion is concerned everyone has his or hers Especially in India.What is great about the book is De s belief in India s strengths and her undying faith in our people There are signs of progress real progress at all levels It depends on a person s perspective If anybody wishes to remain focused on the downside poverty, disease, lack of education, corruption , well, India has enough horror stories to keep pessimists happy The mood of the nation, however, is anything but downcast, despite some daunting prospects If one focuses on the upside, even something small as Mumbai and Hyderabad s new airport terminals causes spirit to soar, along with all those countless national and international flights taking off skywards Pg 408The book s pace is extremely interesting Every chapter s placement is apt It would be difficult to lose interest in it once you begin The flow is beautiful However, the writing style is understandably inarticulate But, that does not stop me from giving it full four stars For once, even I can overlook literary issues The reason is we are like that only wink Personally, I found the book very captivating I stuck countless notes here and there in the book, which cannot be shared here All that will go in my blog I can safely say this though read it if you enjoy India You don t have to love it to understand it You have to live it That for me qualifies as a must read

  4. says:

    I am halfway, and going to drop it in Yamuna while going back home Blah, blah blah, andblah, all in the negative light I suppose she wrote it for the NRI audience, but to be very honest, I am disappointed Her TOI posts are kind of cynical, witty and matter of fact, but this book is horrible Depressing to be precise She has ripped apart Indian male, and literally lynched him Yes, some aspects are true about India, but hey, its not bad I love my country, and this book makes me feel ba I am halfway, and going to drop it in Yamuna while going back home Blah, blah blah, andblah, all in the negative light I suppose she wrote it for the NRI audience, but to be very honest, I am disappointed Her TOI posts are kind of cynical, witty and matter of fact, but this book is horrible Depressing to be precise She has ripped apart Indian male, and literally lynched him Yes, some aspects are true about India, but hey, its not bad I love my country, and this book makes me feel bad about it

  5. says:

    this wasn t worth the read I found it annoying and scattered I hoped to gain some insight into India from it and was disappointed It may be because I don t identify with India the way Indian citizens do, but it felt like a forced, overly westernized, inauthentic depiction of India I wasn t expecting a story of old timey India or even a Bollywood version, it just didn t seem to reflect the Indian culture.

  6. says:

    The beginning was quite imposing and catchy only to take you to a ride downwards into the reality of our country which are substantial to some extend but, there is something called presentation of criticism Which she missed out badly Unlike other writers who present there thorough views maturely, she just bombarded her ruthless emotions all over This personal story had strong facts, but has been weakly and meekly authored, somewhere she gave positive vibes may be forIt is go The beginning was quite imposing and catchy only to take you to a ride downwards into the reality of our country which are substantial to some extend but, there is something called presentation of criticism Which she missed out badly Unlike other writers who present there thorough views maturely, she just bombarded her ruthless emotions all over This personal story had strong facts, but has been weakly and meekly authored, somewhere she gave positive vibes may be forIt is good to have an opinion, but ruthlessly lashing it out is unacceptable Sorry Shobha De fans But, I just cannot be a hypocrite with my views

  7. says:

    This book started with a positive energy in the introduction which unfortunately ended right there.I am still confused what the author is trying to do in this book glorify the nation or insult it to no extent simultaneously showing off her lifestyle What a struggle to read this book I was constantly asking myself what she is trying to convey Waste of time there is null takeaway from this book Sad What a waste

  8. says:

    This book will take to a reality check about almost everything in india.

  9. says:

    One of the early lessons one learns in one s career as a feature writer is that no amount of style can compensate for substance Clearly, there s no rule there, as De proves week after week in her saucy Sunday column for a leading newspaper That she s a frisky personality, with a penchant for fame throwing and interesting phrase making careeristic bitch that s what she said in reference to Preity Zinta s role in KANK not to forget an incorrigible contrarian streak make her a quick fix One of the early lessons one learns in one s career as a feature writer is that no amount of style can compensate for substance Clearly, there s no rule there, as De proves week after week in her saucy Sunday column for a leading newspaper That she s a frisky personality, with a penchant for fame throwing and interesting phrase making careeristic bitch that s what she said in reference to Preity Zinta s role in KANK not to forget an incorrigible contrarian streak make her a quick fix masala writer.Now, that s perfectly fine when she restricts herself to themes about backbiting friends in a kitty club Starry Nights or catty advice on how men should be handled Surviving Men but writing a book on any aspect of India needs to be done withunderstanding and insight.De s new book draws a co relation between the author and the country s age 60 and how India is evolving into a superpower The book s title is ominously similar to BJP s 2004 election campaign, Shining India and we know how misplaced that idea turned out to be Similarly Shobhaa De s notion of linking the country s prosperity with the spending patters of a miniscule population Bentley cars, Fendi bags is equally that of naive exuberance De seems to be taking a view on everything from the prism of her own affluent lifestyle and that of her inner circle of friends and acquaintances trips abroad, living in posh star hotels, visiting spas, shopping in Milan and Paris.Now what I found funny was that De takes great pains to emphasize her own credentials as one from the upper crust The Ambanis live in their palatial residence not far from where I stay or talking about her globe trotting with specific attention on the place of stay either a five star or expensive clubs There s also an awful lot of reference to various high end brands everything from Cartier watches to Fendi bags to Gucci stuff that is clearly out of reach for 99 per cent of India s population To use this as a barometer for any kind of progress is in itself very skewed.Readers can see the full review on my blog

  10. says:

    Shobha de s Superstar India is a very personal,passionate account of the India that we experience.She s been faithful to herdisarmingly defensive about its follies,just like you would defend your own motherI have nothing against Shobha De..She s compiled a lot of immature,predictable,commonplace drawing room discussions which make a scintillating,spicy high teas into a couple of spikey books but eh,wtf I think I can forgive her for that.She seems to have a good head over her shoulders an Shobha de s Superstar India is a very personal,passionate account of the India that we experience.She s been faithful to herdisarmingly defensive about its follies,just like you would defend your own motherI have nothing against Shobha De..She s compiled a lot of immature,predictable,commonplace drawing room discussions which make a scintillating,spicy high teas into a couple of spikey books but eh,wtf I think I can forgive her for that.She seems to have a good head over her shoulders and at the end of the day,I like her.Superstar India is a very human account of the India that all of us upwardly mobile,educated,upper middle middle class brigade here know If you consider yourself an intellectual,obviously you re a snobyou ll find this book pretty boring and bourgeoise in approach

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