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While memoirs of famous Bollywood personalities have always fascinated cine-goers and readers alike, there are a number of sportsmen, politicians and other interesting people whose lives hold a certain fascination for us. And while some of them have been open books, pun intended, there are skeletons in every closet, family secrets waiting to be spilled and trivia to be shared. Here’s a look at some autobiographies and memoirs waiting to be published this year...

The Dhoni Touch: The Definitive Biography of MS DhoniAuthor: Bharat Sundaresan

It’s no secret that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most successful and charismatic captains in the history of Indian cricket. In this biography, Sundaresan tracks downs the sportsman’s closest friends in Ranchi, trails the man himself and, in this revelatory account peppered with telling anecdotes and perceptive candour, tries to unravel the enigma that is Mahi.

Zakir Hussain: A Life in MusicAuthor: Zakir Hussain and Nasreen Munni Kabir 

In an in-depth conversation with Zakir Hussain, Nasreen Munni Kabir takes the readers through the story of his life: how he was deemed an ‘unlucky’ child, his early years in Mahim, training with his extraordinary father, and his experiences and memories while working with a host of legendary musicians. Zakir speaks about his dedication and love for the tabla, and how he negotiates life as a celebrity living in America and India. 

My KashmirAuthor: Omar Abdullah

Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah’s book is part memoir, part history, and part analysis of the problems that have beset J&K in the decades since Independence. It will offer rare insights into Kashmiri politics and the Abdullah family that has played a prominent part in shaping the discourse on the region.

The Beauty of All My Days: A MemoirAuthor: Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond’s memoir gives the reader a glimpse of his unique relationships in the different phases of his life, his creative self, his writings, and the many journeys — real as well as imaginary — that continue to remain untold and therefore unknown. 

Indira: A Graphic Biography of Indira GandhiAuthor: Devapriya Roy and Priya Kuriyan

Part prose fiction and part graphic biography, this is an unusual and insightful take on the life and times of India’s first and only woman Prime Minister.

SD Burman: The Musician-PrinceAuthor: Aniruddha Bhattacharya

The book aims to give readers an insight into the life of Sachin Dev Burman who hailed from the Tripura royal family. It traces his success story as a singer and composer in Bengali and Hindi cinema.

Illiberal IndiaAuthor: Chidanand Rajghatta

This is an insightful biography of Gauri Lankesh by her close friend and former husband, Chidanand Rajghatta. Gauri and the author studied together, learnt about their community and its ideological moorings and contradictions, and stepped into the world of journalism together. This is a literary biography and a political exploration of a brave woman who would not be intimidated, and left an indelible impression on many.

Ilaiyaraaja Author: Lalitha Suhasini 

It chronicles the life of Ilaiyaraaja, who is considered to be the father of modern Tamil film music, his unique style of fusing symphonic orchestration with traditional Indian instrumentation and how he has been a mentor to many famous singers and composers. 

Yada Yada Hi Yogi: Math Se Rajneeti TakAuthor: Vijai Trivedi

The book tells the story of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and his rise to power, his roots in the Nath order, and its relevance in today’s political climate.

GurudevAuthor: Bhanumati Narasimhan

The first-ever authorised biography of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been written by his younger sister, Bhanumati Narasimhan. She has followed her brother, every step of the way and walking the path, she has witnessed the unfolding of the mystical life of the Master.

Small Acts of FreedomAuthor: Gurmehar Kaur

When this student activist, listed by Time magazine as a global ‘Next Generation Leader’, joined a peaceful campaign, she found herself facing an onslaught of social media vitriol. Kaur became the focal point of a nationalism debate. This is her story, and that of three generations of strong women in her family who faced the world on their own terms. The narrative spans from 1947 to 2017.

The Osama of IndiaAuthor: Velly Thevar

The Osama of India is the story of Yasin Bhatkal, his life, crimes and the thrilling chase that spanned several continents and had multiple agencies working in tandem to bring him to account. In this well-researched book, noted journalist Velly Thevar unravels the dreaded founder of the Indian Mujahideen.

Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest ThinkersAuthor: Pavan K Varma 

Pavan K Varma’s book is a biography of one of the greatest philosophers who changed the course of Hinduism-elevated philosophy and metaphysics to a level that has hardly been equaled since.

ImperfectAuthor: Sanjay Manjrekar 

Sanjay Manjrekar looks back on his career as a cricketer. He takes the reader along on his journey from the dusty maidans of Mumbai to the world stage as the combative batsman who faced the fearsome West Indian and Pakistani pace attacks. He comments on his complex equations with the cricketing greats and the lessons that he learnt from his opponents.

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