Selective Memory: Stories from My Life

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Penguin Books India, 1998 - Authors, Indic - 531 pages
The Explosive Autobiography Of India'S Most Controversial Writer

Shobhaa Dé Has Been Many Things To Many People: Supermodel, Celebrity Journalist And Best-Selling Author; Friend, Rival, Colleague And Confidante. In This Engagingly Candid Memoir, A Woman Who Has Been A Familiar Face And Name To Millions (Although Few Know Her) Finally Reveals The True Self Behind The Public Persona.

Insiders Know That Besides Her Commitment To Work And The Frantic Pace Of Her Life, Shobhaa Dé'S First Priority In Life Has Always Been Her Family. Here She Writes Poignantly Of Her Early Years, And Of Her Relationship With Her Parents And Siblings, Her Husband And Her Children.

Shobha De'S High Voltage Career Happened' In Unexpected Ways, Starting With Her Unplanned Entry As A Teenager Into The Glamorous World Of Modeling, And Moving On To Her High-Profile Years As A Magazine Editor.

In These Avatars She Keenly Observed And Astutely Chronicled The New India-Brash, Affluent And Ambitious. High-Society Hi-Jinks, Movie Star Follies, Celebrity Neurosis-None Of These Escaped Her Unsparing Eye. And Now She Tells It All, Just As It Was, Just As She Saw It. In Her Inimitably Forthright Fashion, She Writes Of The Choices She Made, The Decisions She Took And The Influences That Shaped Her.

Written In A Voice That Is Consistently Confident And Candid, Selective Memory: Stories From My Life Is Remarkable For The Honesty With Which It Captures The Essence Of A Fascinating Woman Who Has Become A Legend In Her Own Time.

With More Than 30 Photographs.
 

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I read the book a couple of years back and realized the fact that Dé has been too good to have written the autobiography for readers(rather, fans) like us...the ones who are keen to learn the way she deals with life head on day in and day out. She is a writer par excellence, undoubtedly. But, what is the most appealing thing about the autobiography is that she has chronicled mostly all important events in her life meticulously. I simply loved it and continue to read it again and again to internalize the gripping style of the sparkling writer!
-PREETI TEWARI
 

Contents

Prologue
1
Glancing Back
12
Walking Tall
36
Cutting Loose
84
Blazing Trails
101
Shnnng1lu0ugh 153
194
Naming Names
223
Writing Qn
291
Getting Ahead
313
Moving Images
388
Getting Personal
401
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