While fiction reading can take you to a magical land with its stories and characters, at times reading autobiographies and memoirs can help you see the reality of life and be inspired as they tell the true tale of struggle and achievement to the readers.
We all may be in awe of the celebrities and prominent personalities, they too have had their share of struggle and hardship before they tasted success and their memories will share their inspiring stories. Se lets begin with the list of some of India’s famous people from various fields.
Lisa Ray: Lisa Ray battled cancer and in her book “Lisa Ray- close to the bone” she shares about her early start into the glamorous industry and the strife behind it. Her eating disorder to fighting cancer and her spiritual journey, she has shared it all in the book.
Abdul Kalam: The former President of India has penned many books but in his autobiography “Wings of Fire” he has shared about his struggle as a young boy who did odd jobs to pay school fees and how he become a scientist and later the President of the country.
Yuvraj Singh: He earned name and fame with cricket but life threw him a curve ball when he was diagnosed with cancer. In his book “The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back by Yuvraj Singh” he has opened up about his parent’s divorce, his game and his fight with cancer and how he overcame all his insecurities.
Milind Soman: The “Made in India” famed model and actor tasted success and tried many careers and was in the public eye for a long time inspiring people and his book “ Made in India” by Milind Soman and Roopa Pai shares his story of romance and emotions with a dash of drama.
Mary Kom: A woman who has put India on international platform by winning medals in her game didn’t have the easy way out. From fighting opposition to cultural and bureaucracy battle which came in her way of success, her story in “Unbreakable” talks about her passion and struggle. This is one of the best books to be inspired from.
Phoolan Devi: She had seen it all and lived it too. Her book “I, Phoolan Devi” shows how strong sexist sentiments can ruin lives. It doesn’t over do or gloss the horrors she faced as it portrays the life in rural India and the role politics plays there.
Memories aren’t fairytales. they shows the real picture of the person whom we have otherwise known just for their success. They also helps the reader to humanize the celebrity and see the real person that they are behind all the fame and limelight.
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