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Anusual is the story of Anu Aggarwal, the dusky Delhi girl who went to Bombay and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie, Aashiqui, only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram.Coming back to Bombay, she was involved in a horrifying car crash that put her in a coma for twenty-nine days. Miraculously, the girl who broke into a mil Anusual is the story of Anu Aggarwal, the dusky Delhi girl who went to Bombay and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie, Aashiqui, only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram.Coming back to Bombay, she was involved in a horrifying car crash that put her in a coma for twenty-nine days. Miraculously, the girl who broke into a million pieces recovered, and put the pieces of her life back together, first taking sanyas and then returning to Bombay to teach yoga. This fascinating story of a woman's self-discovery, a near-death experience and amazing recovery is told in a straight-from-theheart, unbuttoned style, including details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to superyogis. In the end, as she says, love is all there is.


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Anusual is the story of Anu Aggarwal, the dusky Delhi girl who went to Bombay and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie, Aashiqui, only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram.Coming back to Bombay, she was involved in a horrifying car crash that put her in a coma for twenty-nine days. Miraculously, the girl who broke into a mil Anusual is the story of Anu Aggarwal, the dusky Delhi girl who went to Bombay and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie, Aashiqui, only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram.Coming back to Bombay, she was involved in a horrifying car crash that put her in a coma for twenty-nine days. Miraculously, the girl who broke into a million pieces recovered, and put the pieces of her life back together, first taking sanyas and then returning to Bombay to teach yoga. This fascinating story of a woman's self-discovery, a near-death experience and amazing recovery is told in a straight-from-theheart, unbuttoned style, including details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to superyogis. In the end, as she says, love is all there is.

30 review for Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    'Yes. I am going to DNF this one. I cannot stand the high-almighty self praise straightaway from the beginning of this so called autobiography and it is not becoming any better until the 13th page. Even though I am curious too about what happened to her after her hit movie Aashiqui in the 1990s, the writing is really making me want to throw away this book.' But then I thought of giving it another try. Yes, the self praise was still on (or should I say anyone she met just praise her or was just pla 'Yes. I am going to DNF this one. I cannot stand the high-almighty self praise straightaway from the beginning of this so called autobiography and it is not becoming any better until the 13th page. Even though I am curious too about what happened to her after her hit movie Aashiqui in the 1990s, the writing is really making me want to throw away this book.' But then I thought of giving it another try. Yes, the self praise was still on (or should I say anyone she met just praise her or was just plain jealous eh?) but the writing became a bit bearable to read. *But yes, she was not the typical bollywood star of the 90s where the heroine had to be fair *And yes, this one is meant to be an uplifting autobiography but it started on a wrong note. Yes, all these thoughts just after reading the first chapter! I enjoyed the 2nd chapter. It tells about her experience of shooting for Aashiqui. The good and the bad. Unapologetically! And how the stardom affected her and her personal life. And then followed the other roles she played in various other movies. Well, a good read so far! The next chapter dealt with the role she chose boldly at the peak of her career. A film based on erotica and how she decided to take a break from glamour. I do agree with her argument n the difference between erotica and pornography👍 And then the drudgery started all over again with her staying away from everything and life with yoga-with-temptation-and-pleasure kept going on for the next freaking 7 chapters (almost half of the book and more is coming later on it seems...) (Yes, almost dnfing again!) I gave another try. Yes. I was waiting for this never coming chapter where the accident happens and she almost died. She recovered and did go back to her 'sanyasi' life (the most unbearable chapters follow again). The book ended well. But this one is just isn't the kind of memoir I want to read. It mostly focussed on sexuality and sexual experience I would say (based on the huge number of chapters doted on this). What it promised, it just didn't deliver.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bharath

    Anu Aggarwal made an impressive Bollywood debut and it looked like she would do well in Hindi films. But then she disappeared. This is her story - especially of the later period of her life. As it turns out, Anu says her heart was never truly in films. Yoga fascinated her and she joins an ashram. She stays on well after her course is complete, and helps in the ashram. She gets to be close to the head of the ashram (whom she refers as Swamiglee), and this fuels jealousy and politics. She is asked Anu Aggarwal made an impressive Bollywood debut and it looked like she would do well in Hindi films. But then she disappeared. This is her story - especially of the later period of her life. As it turns out, Anu says her heart was never truly in films. Yoga fascinated her and she joins an ashram. She stays on well after her course is complete, and helps in the ashram. She gets to be close to the head of the ashram (whom she refers as Swamiglee), and this fuels jealousy and politics. She is asked to leave quite abruptly during Swamiglee's absence. She has a near fatal accident in Mumbai and is hospitalised for many days. She make is out and gradually regains normal functioning of her body. And she goes on to make Yoga the purpose of the life. Anu Aggarwal's effort to find meaning in her life and also bounce back after the accident make for inspiring reading. The writing is however quite average, and also the book would have benefited with more incidents and an all round view of her relationships with relatives and friends. Much of the book reads as independent passages and does not really jell together in a coherent storyline.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I wanted to like this book - the story of an independent woman who was a model, not the conventional Bollywood heroine and had no interest in the Bollywood press life in the limelight. Unfortunately maybe one or two chapters are dedicated to that aspect. The remainder of the book is dedicated to self praise and some intensely vain thoughts. In fact, as the memoir progresses, the story becomes less and less interesting. 75% of the book is devoted to Anu's transformation into a "yogi".....one that I wanted to like this book - the story of an independent woman who was a model, not the conventional Bollywood heroine and had no interest in the Bollywood press life in the limelight. Unfortunately maybe one or two chapters are dedicated to that aspect. The remainder of the book is dedicated to self praise and some intensely vain thoughts. In fact, as the memoir progresses, the story becomes less and less interesting. 75% of the book is devoted to Anu's transformation into a "yogi".....one that parties, stumbles across cocaine druggies and has a life-altering accident. Sound interesting? It actually isn't. Anu has only great things to say about herself, even when talking about people like Mahesh Bhatt (who she projects less as the director who gave her a huge break and more like an obsessive puppy chasing her) and Rahul Roy. I'd stay away from this one. It was not my thing nor did I find it interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vishal

    On the menu Bombay, glitz, modelling on the international circuit, tantric yoga and exploring with sex. It makes for a tantalizing view from an insider’s perspective offering juicy details in the world of films and experimenting with tragedy, elevation to a higher path, sexual spirituality when you are the mysterious Anu Aggarwal. Who doesn’t remember her? A pretty girl with oodles of sensuality in her prime and who sashayed in the film industry with the blockbuster and musical hit Aashiqui produ On the menu Bombay, glitz, modelling on the international circuit, tantric yoga and exploring with sex. It makes for a tantalizing view from an insider’s perspective offering juicy details in the world of films and experimenting with tragedy, elevation to a higher path, sexual spirituality when you are the mysterious Anu Aggarwal. Who doesn’t remember her? A pretty girl with oodles of sensuality in her prime and who sashayed in the film industry with the blockbuster and musical hit Aashiqui produced and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. While her hero, Rahul Roy sunk into oblivion, Anu had a pretty half-baked career with modelling on the international circuit and doing bits of role in movies like King Uncle, Gazab Tamassa and the much acclaimed The Cloud Door as well as Thiruda Thiruda. Let’s sit and decode the mystery Anusual tale. Anusual girl, Anu Aggarwal has a hypnotic style and her choice of words hooks you in an almost tantric sway to showcase her spirited and daring side. She makes you time travel to the Bombay of the 90s in a unique and fascinating language that makes her dare-and-bare persona comes alive in a sparkling manner. Not one to be shy about exploring her bare sensuality and sexuality, she breaks free from the shackles of society read glamour by exploring her spiritual side that makes it a compelling read. The wheel is turned back to Bombay that sets the narrative in a lyrical and romantic tone that is reminiscent of the classic song, ‘Ae dil hai Mushkil hai jeena yahan Zara hatke..yeh hai Bombay Meri Jaan. ” “Kiss those red luscious lips. Press my chest against those rounded breasts, scratch her with nails Kamasutra style,” so much for the foreplay expressed in acting of course to her reference of Erotica. Anu doesn’t stop here, “I prefer the erotic. Sensuality in sexuality. Not just sexuality in sensuality.” She merges yoga, which is she is passionately vocal about with intimacy and where she effortlessly puts the whim of desire at the vortex of ‘Sex isn’t a need. At best, it’s a seasonal desire’. A swami smote by her raw sexuality in the abode of Vipassana the forbidden zone where they made love in an unabashed and free manner. Sounds exciting and juicy?! Complete review on: https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shakti Salgaokar

    A delayed flight and a need to read something light lead to me picking this book on the kindle store. I finished reading it in about 1.5 hours. I always wondered where she'd disappeared, that husky beauty. And then a few months later some massive PR started for this book. The author writes about herself in the third person. And omg! The verbose glorification of her own beauty and spirit had me yawning. She touches upon Bollywood and modelling at the start of the book. And it amuses me that she s A delayed flight and a need to read something light lead to me picking this book on the kindle store. I finished reading it in about 1.5 hours. I always wondered where she'd disappeared, that husky beauty. And then a few months later some massive PR started for this book. The author writes about herself in the third person. And omg! The verbose glorification of her own beauty and spirit had me yawning. She touches upon Bollywood and modelling at the start of the book. And it amuses me that she still thinks that acting in a Bollywood film was beneath her and she did the industry a favour by acting in a film. The condescending manner in which she speaks about the industry, her co-stars and her directors is absolutely annoying. But her sense of self-importance keeps increasing as you get further into the book. Her spiritual journey which actually forms a large part of this biography, is as pretentious and superficial as it can get. Everyone is jealous of her, she is forgiving towards all. This is not a biography, it's a diary of a woman in love with herself (nothing wrong with that) who thinks that everything revolves around her. Her narrative tediously takes time hops back and forth. She meanders around while speaking of somethings (like when Rick visits her during her recovery period). She mentions pointless events such as witnessing a coke gathering in a bathroom, which don't go anywhere. Good on you Anu, that you came back from such a massive accident. But if you expect a medal from me after reading this book, please don't. Ps; I read about the social work she's doing and was really impressed. Wonder why she didn't keep to the facts and reality, would have made so much more of an inspiring read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Akash Balwante

    Anusual is not typical bollywood actress filmy story. It’s extraordinary tale of a dusky woman and her journey from initial social work days to become actress . Journey from rising star to become yogi in Ashram. Journey from accident survival to become Sanyasi. If you expect some glamorous life style and bollywood gossips from this book then don’t read it. It showcases life of a woman who was bold and ahead of that time. It’s her self journey narrated by actress herself.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sanjeev

    The only reason you pick up this book is curiosity: (a) What happened to the promise of the Aashiqui girl? (b) What is she doing now? (c) What happens to film stars after they fade out? This is a well written book. So the reticent girl who couldn't act much, can definitely write. She answers all these questions. She states facts, and does not try to either respond to rumours or kick up controversy. Her thoughts on Yoga and the third eye are, well, am eye opener! The only reason you pick up this book is curiosity: (a) What happened to the promise of the Aashiqui girl? (b) What is she doing now? (c) What happens to film stars after they fade out? This is a well written book. So the reticent girl who couldn't act much, can definitely write. She answers all these questions. She states facts, and does not try to either respond to rumours or kick up controversy. Her thoughts on Yoga and the third eye are, well, am eye opener!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Nair

    I wasn't expecting much out of this book after reading a bevy of disappointing autobiographies. But this one surprised me. It is worded beautifully and shows the rather unusual journey of a once-glam actress. All in all, worth a read! I wasn't expecting much out of this book after reading a bevy of disappointing autobiographies. But this one surprised me. It is worded beautifully and shows the rather unusual journey of a once-glam actress. All in all, worth a read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Matthew

    an excellent non-fiction book. it is a first-hand view into the murky world of bollywood stardom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Incredible Opinions

    Good to know about an actress who everyone thought went into oblivion. Nice read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pratibha

    vanity at its peak...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Prabhat sharma

    Anusual : Memoir of a Girl Who came back from the Dead (Paperback) by Anu Aggarwal- The memoir is a motivational book which has the twists and turns of movie. The publishers have found a story which will help the reader increase inner strength to survive from ailments, recovery from accidents and other similar incidents which a person has to face in life. The author has been a star actor in Mahesh Bhatt’s Ashiqui. It is a book which is a straight-from-the-heart, unbuttoned style narrative, where Anusual : Memoir of a Girl Who came back from the Dead (Paperback) by Anu Aggarwal- The memoir is a motivational book which has the twists and turns of movie. The publishers have found a story which will help the reader increase inner strength to survive from ailments, recovery from accidents and other similar incidents which a person has to face in life. The author has been a star actor in Mahesh Bhatt’s Ashiqui. It is a book which is a straight-from-the-heart, unbuttoned style narrative, where she has opened up on her life including details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to super-yogis. A life pivoted by extreme highs, extreme lows, her story is every bit worth a Bollywood script. Even as she was riding high on success, she began to withdraw from Bollywood, and withdrew from celluloid as well as modelling: “Excessive fame is a motherfu*ker” as she puts it. “I had vanished – not just from Bollywood but everything that had to do with glamour. Modelling, brand-endorsements, appearances, cover stories, interviews. Had I really lost it? I wondered then. People around me thought I did. After all nobody willingly leaves when rolling the roaster; neither in Hollywood nor in Bollywood. It seemed foolish and youth delinquency to most,” she has said. What, however; changed her life forever was a near fatal car crash in 1999 which sent her into a 29-day long coma. The incident shook the roots of her life. Fragile though not to bear the limelight, author’s mettle shone through her adversity. She was made of stern stuff and did come around to triumph. And maybe her real life, only just began. Turning point. From distant memory of having been away from her physical body and then back to life again, Anu has vivid images floating in her mind of what lies beyond: angels, demons, energy rushes. “Near-death, the memories are of acute trauma, disambiguation, my body structure pulped down from size-zero to total zero. Angels, gods, demigods, hideous demons, love co-existing with each other, like friends. This is what we need to accept. Love is all there is”. The author today is a full-time yogi. Anufunyoga, her brand of fun-yoga takes her all over the world as a messiah of goodwill and hope. Her message? Come face-to-face with ‘You’. Get up. Stand tall. Excel. Maximize your potential. Happiness is your birth-right. You are part of the same supreme everyone else is. We are all one. Your actions and thoughts determine what you get in life – you carve your own destiny. Only when you love yourself can you love others. Get the best in life – you deserve it. Accept what you get too. Challenges are the most positive forces that can teach you what no apps and links can. All good. Life is a celebration. The book is a must read for all- struggling students, businessmen, elderly people, all.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sapthagiri

    Unsual to AnUsual Miracle! BOLD, BOLD & BOLD Only. Starting off with Social Service in Mumbai, a bold move for a teenager to step away from her comfort zone in Delhi and find foot in a place like Mumbai, the seeds of BOLD ANU were sowed. Her skin tone attracted many people, especially those from the Ad field. Anu chooses to try out the field of Modeling and is a Star Model. Bollywood director, Mahesh Bhat convinces her that his film Aashiqui is based on her life and will only do the film if she a Unsual to AnUsual Miracle! BOLD, BOLD & BOLD Only. Starting off with Social Service in Mumbai, a bold move for a teenager to step away from her comfort zone in Delhi and find foot in a place like Mumbai, the seeds of BOLD ANU were sowed. Her skin tone attracted many people, especially those from the Ad field. Anu chooses to try out the field of Modeling and is a Star Model. Bollywood director, Mahesh Bhat convinces her that his film Aashiqui is based on her life and will only do the film if she acts in it. With a lot of reluctance, she finally acts in the film. Rest is history. Anu doesn't accept any and every offer coming her way. Her selection of movies is purely based on the character, seldom glamor. Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda shot Anu into a raging fame. Khalnaika was another bold character played by Anu. True to her nature, she featured in a movie titled Cloud Door that won applaud from critics. Anu decides to enroll for a Yoga course, for which, she needs to clear the qualifying rounds. She's one amongst 40 candidates selected across the globe. It's in the Yogashram that Anu dwells deep into understanding herself and comes in touch with the Tantric Philosophy. Back to Mumbai, Anu meets with a most fearsome of accident that makes her body look like a soft vegetable. Miracle is an understatement for the way Anu starts her life 2.0. It's best to read this memoir to feel the emotions through her own words.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DALIP

    ANUSUAL Memoir By ANU AGGARWAL Rs.299 Pages 184 ***** If ANU AGGARWAL Had A Middle Name, It Would Definitely Be Honesty Or Bluntness If Not Both In Equal Measure.. Calling A Spade A Spade Even When She Was At The Recieving End..Truly ANU Has Always Stood Apart And Spoken Her Mind Without Letting The Consequences Pull Her Down. RIGHT From The Very Word Go ANU AGGARWAL was an Enigma Almost Like An Outsider Even When She Was Bang In The Midst Of It All..Long Before She Became Perhaps India's First ANUSUAL Memoir By ANU AGGARWAL Rs.299 Pages 184 ***** If ANU AGGARWAL Had A Middle Name, It Would Definitely Be Honesty Or Bluntness If Not Both In Equal Measure.. Calling A Spade A Spade Even When She Was At The Recieving End..Truly ANU Has Always Stood Apart And Spoken Her Mind Without Letting The Consequences Pull Her Down. RIGHT From The Very Word Go ANU AGGARWAL was an Enigma Almost Like An Outsider Even When She Was Bang In The Midst Of It All..Long Before She Became Perhaps India's First Supermodel In The True Sense & Long Before MAHESH BHATT Connviced The Highly Reluctant ANU To Do Aashique this Dusky Stunner Was Playing Hide & Seek with Super Success & Later Stardom Too.. The Fact That ANU AGGARWAL Refused To Be Slotted Is What Mafe Her Stand Out..Time & Again Just When The Industry Gave Up On Her She Wud Surface In A Different Part Of The Globe And Stir The Honest Nest..From The Slums Of Delhi & Mumbai To Walking Down The Ramp In Milan Or Paris..Endorsing Condoms To Seeking Nirvana in Rishikesh To Being Labelled A Man Eater In Bollywood..One Could Simply Not Pin Her Down..Truly ANU AGGARWAL Was Destiny Child In More Ways Than One.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shubhashree

    Hindi film watchers will know the Aashiqu1 girl Anu Aggarwal well...the tall dusky girl made her mark in the film industry with her first movie but soon faded away. This book written in 2015 recalls her life journey of her rise as a model, actor and then as a yoga teacher. How a road accident which she survived and turned her life upside down and how she came back to live the life on her own terms forms the crux of her memoir. However, I did not find the flow of writing or the story telling style Hindi film watchers will know the Aashiqu1 girl Anu Aggarwal well...the tall dusky girl made her mark in the film industry with her first movie but soon faded away. This book written in 2015 recalls her life journey of her rise as a model, actor and then as a yoga teacher. How a road accident which she survived and turned her life upside down and how she came back to live the life on her own terms forms the crux of her memoir. However, I did not find the flow of writing or the story telling style anywhere close to Anu Aggarwal's style. Very little is told about her childhood. The story only talks about her and does not include anyone else much. Can give it a miss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shreela Sen

    Whatever she is, she is no author. It's true that she has had an interesting life. She could have commissioned a biography. Or at least, hired a ghost writer. It would have been a 4 star book, I believe. Faults make a person human, but trivial priorities, & apologism are faults very irksome in an autobiographer. Whatever she is, she is no author. It's true that she has had an interesting life. She could have commissioned a biography. Or at least, hired a ghost writer. It would have been a 4 star book, I believe. Faults make a person human, but trivial priorities, & apologism are faults very irksome in an autobiographer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vikash Keshri

    Excellenct biography of an extraordinary journey, albeit short one. My reason for reading this bookd was not Anu Aggrawal but to get insight into ecosystem of my facvourite place - Bihar School of Yoga - I am big fan and follower of BSY and its APMB.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Prabs

    Starts off well. Peaks and closes on a dull note. More focus is on how I am a great Sanyasi than other aspects of life. Good reading, but nothing much to miss about.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arzu

    I wasn't familiar about Anu Aggarwal at all; got the book by chance in Bangalore. So for me this was a memoir of a woman, not a celebrity and I didn't have any expectation from it. I liked it a lot. She explains her journey through life and stardom, her yoga experience etc.. Her journey with yoga was more interesting to me compared to her life as an actress and model. Overall it's a nice book. I wasn't familiar about Anu Aggarwal at all; got the book by chance in Bangalore. So for me this was a memoir of a woman, not a celebrity and I didn't have any expectation from it. I liked it a lot. She explains her journey through life and stardom, her yoga experience etc.. Her journey with yoga was more interesting to me compared to her life as an actress and model. Overall it's a nice book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Balu

    Anu Aggarwal recounts her life from Delhi as a Social Worker, her journey of becoming a super model and later a super star in the tinsel town Mumbai followed by Hollywood and French films. But this book is not only about a celebrity film star. I was really happy to know that she was the one who performed as chandralekha in Maniratnam's ThirudaThiruda (Donga Donga) in 1993.. she tells story of herself describing the path to self discovery covering her near to death experience, a stunning recovery a Anu Aggarwal recounts her life from Delhi as a Social Worker, her journey of becoming a super model and later a super star in the tinsel town Mumbai followed by Hollywood and French films. But this book is not only about a celebrity film star. I was really happy to know that she was the one who performed as chandralekha in Maniratnam's ThirudaThiruda (Donga Donga) in 1993.. she tells story of herself describing the path to self discovery covering her near to death experience, a stunning recovery and men in her life from millionaire businessmen to super yogis. The book is written in a matter of fact manner. It could have been inspiring for many who are battling with the tragedies of life. In the fashionable world where everyone is just good friends, here we have a lady who dares to bare all the dark secrets of her life. It takes courage ! Even towards the end, where the Himalayas, the yoga, the guru, and the romantic tension occupies the pages, her honesty kept me turning the pages. However, it does turn a little tedious and monotonous in some parts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Siddhartha Mishra

    Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead is a Miracle. The writing style I found is quite uncommonly . The book is a soul calling. An honest and a brave account of her life and how she single headedly faced the eventualities of life sounds quite inspiring . It needs courage and will Power .Though uncommonly erotic but bold. Life is there to be lived. Life has no question-mark; it is a mystery, there is no explanation. And it is good that there is none: it would be a great misfortune Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead is a Miracle. The writing style I found is quite uncommonly . The book is a soul calling. An honest and a brave account of her life and how she single headedly faced the eventualities of life sounds quite inspiring . It needs courage and will Power .Though uncommonly erotic but bold. Life is there to be lived. Life has no question-mark; it is a mystery, there is no explanation. And it is good that there is none: it would be a great misfortune if there were an explanation. If there were an answer that could satisfy you, just think how flat things would become, how boring, how monotonous — because no answer can answer your questions. Life remains an adventure, it remains a constant search. Searching, one day you come to a point where you understand that you are wasting your energies in searching. The same energies can be put to celebration. You can enjoy. Same in the life of this Starlet turned Yogi.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mythbreaker

    I have mixed feelings about this book. For starters, the writing is good. Ms. Agarwal certainly has the gift of words. There is a lyrical touch to it. However, that is also one of its downsides, in the sense that in places, she gets carried away with her lyricism, and the writing tends to get vague and abstract. These are the places where I kept losing my interest. As for the story, it is certainly interesting. There is generous amount of self-praise, though I wouldn't deny that Anu Agarwal certai I have mixed feelings about this book. For starters, the writing is good. Ms. Agarwal certainly has the gift of words. There is a lyrical touch to it. However, that is also one of its downsides, in the sense that in places, she gets carried away with her lyricism, and the writing tends to get vague and abstract. These are the places where I kept losing my interest. As for the story, it is certainly interesting. There is generous amount of self-praise, though I wouldn't deny that Anu Agarwal certainly stood out from other "Sanskari" heroines of the time. But she clearly is too much in love with herself. Overall, a decent book. Some of the emotional moments are beautifully penned.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maryam Mustan

    I finished the book in a matter of 4 days. Anu's writing style is unique and sometimes very fragmented which makes it hard to follow. There were several parts of the book i felt she glorified herself a bit too much but overall her story/journey compensates for the writing style etc. A remarkable journey into the life of a superstar who had it all, and then left it all for a something deeper, greater and unmatchable. I finished the book in a matter of 4 days. Anu's writing style is unique and sometimes very fragmented which makes it hard to follow. There were several parts of the book i felt she glorified herself a bit too much but overall her story/journey compensates for the writing style etc. A remarkable journey into the life of a superstar who had it all, and then left it all for a something deeper, greater and unmatchable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amit Negi

    Memoirs of a film personality who stormed the industry with her debut film Aashiqui. An international model who shot to fame in a short span of time and to leave it all to join the yogashram to find solace and a horrible car accident which put her in coma for twenty nine days and after that miraculously saved. Straight from the heart, inspiring and above all humanity shows in her story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nisha Agarwal

    Uncommonly writing style, thoughts that flow from the soul and a story of a bold, vivacious and upfront girl who refused to give in, to what the world demanded. This memoir takes you to her thought world and the hidden decision making style that went on to craft her life. A beautiful read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aditi B

    I am not one who enjoys reading autobiographies. But the amount that this lady has gone through (as the blurb said) made me pick this one up. I have read through it and I only have kudos for the girl. More here: https://lovewordie.wordpress.com/2016... I am not one who enjoys reading autobiographies. But the amount that this lady has gone through (as the blurb said) made me pick this one up. I have read through it and I only have kudos for the girl. More here: https://lovewordie.wordpress.com/2016...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sumon

    This memoir tells us and inspires us - there's always time to make a comeback in life. It's all about staying positive & find access to something that will keep you afloat when life faces turbulence. Unique style rather Anusual style of writing. This memoir tells us and inspires us - there's always time to make a comeback in life. It's all about staying positive & find access to something that will keep you afloat when life faces turbulence. Unique style rather Anusual style of writing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Niharika

    What an inspiring story of determination. The autobiography shares Anu's earliest memories to the fateful day. The writing is natural and casual and some paragraphs are great at capturing details. One also sees the book itself as an act of self- discovery, an expression of love. What an inspiring story of determination. The autobiography shares Anu's earliest memories to the fateful day. The writing is natural and casual and some paragraphs are great at capturing details. One also sees the book itself as an act of self- discovery, an expression of love.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Lal

    Good book. Admire her strength. Wish I could meet her someday.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Swagatika Mohapatra

    heartwarming story of a rather independent girl alone in the society along with the blitz o glamour. engrossing and a real page turner.

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