29 September, 2020

Me, Myself & A Book

Deserving or not, many are adding a book to their name

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Me, Myself & A Book
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In his colourful autobiography Vita, meaning ‘life’, the Italian Renaissance sculptor-goldsmith-soldier-musician Benvenuto Cellini had decreed wisely: “No matter what sort he is, everyone who has to his credit what are or really seem great achievements, if he cares for truth and goodness, ought to write the story of his own life in his own hand; but no one should venture on such a splendid undertaking before he is over forty.” That was in 1558, as Cellini inched towards age 60.

Circa 2014, age be damned. Under-19 star and Delhi Daredevil Unmukt Chand is only 20 but seems to have enough material to pen a memoir that declares The Sky is the Limit. Rahul Dravid’s presence at its launch late last year lent to it the necessary gravitas, and therefore a huge media crowd.

At 40, and an inglorious year-and-a-half into chief ministership, Akhilesh Yadav already has a 561-page biography on him. Winds of Change, written by senior journalist Sunita Aron, was commissioned soon after the 2012 assembly elections in Uttar...

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