My Name is Gauhar Jaan – Little Known Gem

Book deserving more!!
Book deserving more!!

“My Name is Gauhar Jaan”  is a story of a Diva lost in time.  This is some great work by author Vikram Sampath,  about an Indian classical singer Gauhar Jaan, who will always be remembered for her soulful singing. After reading this book, I am quite convinced that the persona of Gauhar Jaan, who was blessed with beauty and great musical talent can surpass any of the much famed characters, be it Bollywood or Hollywood. What a personality she was!! Firstly Gauhar Jaan a famous Indian classical singer during British era, was herself a combination of charm, mystery, depth, elegance, melody and beauty with lot of oomph factor. To top this, author has done some fabulous research about Gauhar Jaan and described some fabulous real life episodes. I wonder why still it has not attracted many film makers or may be by now it has!! Who knows…

The Only flip side I see is that this book describes a lot about the, then Indian culture which is good to know but that’s little dry with no juice. So at times as a reader when we are so engrossed about reading the main character and curious to know what happens next then the book takes us to a British India Tour which I find little annoying.  Although I must appreciate author’s hard work in describing the various  cultural facets of India during British rule.  So while you read this book and find the description boring, flip through those pages but read till the end. I have fallen in love with the character which is not fictional but a real legend. This book surely deserves more!!

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