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Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan is all set to publish Stories on her life of being ‘moderately famous’

Titled "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous", the book has been acquired by Penguin India

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India, Jan 30, 2017: Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan is all set to publish a collection of humorous, and sometimes bizarre, stories on her life as a royal princess and a “moderately famous” celebrity, in what is going to be her debut in writing.

Titled “The Perils of Being Moderately Famous”, the book has been acquired by Penguin India and will be released later the year.

Soha is the youngest daughter of actor Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi (1952-71).

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Her official title is Nawabzadi Soha Ali Khan of Pataudi and Bhopal.

Soha has appeared in movies like “Rang De Basanti” and “Tum Mile”. She studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford, and earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Soha said that she is a voracious reader and was utilising her leisure hours to write.

“I can use this time creatively to pen down memories, some insights from what surely must be a life less ordinary. I am a princess after all. Try not to imagine me saying that whilst stamping my feet in a silver sequined dress with a tiara on my head. And as a person of royalty, surely I am entitled to some royalties,” Soha said.

The actress, however, warned the readers that “if you are hoping I will reveal the secret behind Kareena (Kapoor-Khan) glowing complexion or how ‘bhai’ (her brother Saif Ali Khan) trains for an action film, then I am afraid you are barking up the wrong book.”

The bulk of the book, Soha said, was about her and her life.

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“Having read a few chapters, I can safely say Soha was born to write. She has amassed a huge fan following not only for her movies but also for her witty repartee on Twitter, and her charm and wit continue to shine in this brilliant collection of personal essays where she recounts with self-deprecating humour some of the most poignant moments of her life — from growing up as a modern-day princess to life as a celebrity in the times of social media culture,” said Commissioning Editor Gurveen Chadha. (IANS)

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Big reforms Led to India becoming the fastest growing major Economy globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai.
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The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs more reforms.
Indian economy needs more reforms.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise.
Indian economy should be on rise. Image: Mapsofindia

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS