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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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India Post Partners TCS to Modernize its Services

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day

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The cyber security lab was inaugurated at the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy. IANS

India Post has partnered with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become a multi-service digital hub, modernize the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience and launch innovative services.

TCS on Monday said it has implemented its Point of Sale (PoS) solution across 24,000 post offices with over 80,000 PoS terminals, making this among the largest such implementations in the world.

Additionally, it has built a web portal with consignment tracking capabilities and set up a multi-lingual call centre for customer support, the company added.

To enable India Post to benefit from the burgeoning e-commerce opportunity, while fulfilling a vital social obligation, the web portal has an e-marketplace to help rural artisans, self-help groups and women entrepreneurs reach out to buyers throughout the country.

“In a digital era, postal services across the world are reinventing themselves to stay relevant to a new generation,” Debashis Ghosh, Business Group Head – Public Services, TCS, said in a statement.

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Tata Consultancy Services, Vadapalani. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Posts in this pioneering, mission mode initiative to build a world class, future-ready digital platform that the nation can be proud of,” Ghosh added.

At the heart of this transformation is the Core System Integration (CSI) programme designed and implemented by TCS, the company said.

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This involved deploying an integrated Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to mail operations, finance and accounting, and HR functions, and connects its vast network of more than 150,000 post offices.

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day, TCS said. (IANS)