Kapish G Mehra, MD, Rupa Publications India, which acquired the book in October 2018, believes that this biography, which is expected to hit newsstands in July 2021, will turn pages. He says, ”
At a time when robots and automation are replacing humans in nearly every function, one human skill remains irreplaceable: storytelling. Stories are unique to humanity and are a currency to connect between cultures. They have the power to change our beliefs and behaviors. A good storyteller writes them in an immersive and provocative way, with both compassion and wisdom. Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta
is one of those talented storytellers.
We caught up with the biographer
Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta and asked him five questions.
1. Are you attached to biographies as an art form?
Biography is one of the oldest forms of literary expression. Biographers before me like James Boswell (Samuel Johnson) and Ron Chernov (George Washington) set very high standards. They have helped shape human history, capturing some of the most significant historical events and deeply reflecting the culture of a changing world around us. It would be an honor for me to engage in this art form.
2. Why Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra?
The question should be the opposite: why did he choose me! I am grateful to be able to tell the story of a man who gave the courage to a whole generation of filmmakers not to be afraid; follow their ideals and aspirations. He belongs to a select cohort of courageous artists.
3. Bookstores and libraries practically fold with biographies. What makes biographies so well read?
People all over the world are eager to learn and biographies are an amazing mentoring tool. Good content is rarely free. Even on the Internet, newspapers have moved to paid subscription models. It makes sense to buy a book because an authorized biography is verified original content and offers a wealth of information about the lives and experiences of extraordinary individuals. For collectors and bibliophiles, a biography is an art form that straddles both literature and history. This makes it more valuable.
4. Is there an evolution in the writing style of biographies?
Definitively. Today’s readers are extremely sharp. They don’t volunteer their time unless they’re really having a good time or learning something valuable. The argument is not about short attention spans, but about priorities. Thus, a good biography must contextualize the story with relevance, offer staggering insight into the human condition, lots of laughs and great stories to keep minds engaged.
5. How is this biography different?
That’s entirely up to the reader to say, but I would like to make a special mention to my editor and editor and the resilient Bharathi Mehra, who guided us so subtly to cover everything important in the biography.
Editor Kapish G Mehra is confident of introducing a revolutionary new style of storytelling with this book. He says,
“The ‘Stranger in the Mirror’, the definitive biography of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is rich in detail, full of metaphors, expressive in character. The reader can almost imagine themselves in the same situation. The story arc of the book is the best it can be.
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