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Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation's pride--winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts--opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate ne Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation's pride--winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts--opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate new technology with good old-fashioned music scores to the founding of his music school, from his resounding entry on to the international stage to his directorial debut, from his philanthropy to his inner life, Notes of a Dream captures Rahman's extraordinary success story with all the rhythm and melody, the highs and lows, of a terrific soundtrack by the man himself. Featuring intimate interviews with the soft-spoken virtuoso, as well as insights and anecdotes from key people in his life, this balanced, uplifting and affectionate book is the definitive biography of A.R. Rahman--the man behind the music and the music that made the man.


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Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation's pride--winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts--opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate ne Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation's pride--winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts--opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate new technology with good old-fashioned music scores to the founding of his music school, from his resounding entry on to the international stage to his directorial debut, from his philanthropy to his inner life, Notes of a Dream captures Rahman's extraordinary success story with all the rhythm and melody, the highs and lows, of a terrific soundtrack by the man himself. Featuring intimate interviews with the soft-spoken virtuoso, as well as insights and anecdotes from key people in his life, this balanced, uplifting and affectionate book is the definitive biography of A.R. Rahman--the man behind the music and the music that made the man.

30 review for Notes of a Dream - The Authorized Biography of A R Rahman

  1. 4 out of 5

    Umesh Kesavan

    Unlike his music which can be an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, A.R.Rahman's life is a rather bland series of too many positive events and successes (with the aberration of his dad's death). The author writes that "he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to tell the life story" of Rahman. Thus, the author is no objective researcher but a fanboy who also happens to be the son of Rahman's close friends. Hence,the biography becomes a fawning hagiography finding no faults with it's subject. Th Unlike his music which can be an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, A.R.Rahman's life is a rather bland series of too many positive events and successes (with the aberration of his dad's death). The author writes that "he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to tell the life story" of Rahman. Thus, the author is no objective researcher but a fanboy who also happens to be the son of Rahman's close friends. Hence,the biography becomes a fawning hagiography finding no faults with it's subject. The Man is his Music and one is always stunned as to how this shy,saint-like man is able to whip up frenzy through his restless creativity. Die-hard fans would love the nostalgic ride this book gives but for others, the wait for a more nuanced and deep biography of Rahman continues.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sanju

    Finally I got the Kindle version of this book, as print version got postponed a couple of times. Being a hardcore fan, I know many facts included in this book beforehand. Previously I read AR's biography - Rahman musical strom few years back. The reason I started reading this book is because of the tag "the authorized biography". It took me 2 days to finish this book, not because it's lengthy, but because whenever I read some details about some movie songs I started to listen again, this time more Finally I got the Kindle version of this book, as print version got postponed a couple of times. Being a hardcore fan, I know many facts included in this book beforehand. Previously I read AR's biography - Rahman musical strom few years back. The reason I started reading this book is because of the tag "the authorized biography". It took me 2 days to finish this book, not because it's lengthy, but because whenever I read some details about some movie songs I started to listen again, this time more properly. Being a authorized biography I expected to know more about events from rahman's perspective, but I am largely disappointed in that aspect. This book is mostly filled with details about rahman's life from the perspective of his family, colleagues and associates. Here are there some new details are revealed from rahman's view, but largely we don't know what's rahman's version about many things in his life. Non fans can give a miss or skim it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muthuanand

    Sheer inspiration! What does Rahman want out of his time on this planet? There are a few answers that come to mind right away. He wants to make great music. He wants to give back to the world by solving as many of its problems as he can. Then of course he wants to contribute to the cinema of India and the world. He wants to be a good man—a good husband, father, son, brother, employer, colleague and friend. Sure, he wants all those things. But what is his ultimate goal? To put it very simply, it’s Sheer inspiration! What does Rahman want out of his time on this planet? There are a few answers that come to mind right away. He wants to make great music. He wants to give back to the world by solving as many of its problems as he can. Then of course he wants to contribute to the cinema of India and the world. He wants to be a good man—a good husband, father, son, brother, employer, colleague and friend. Sure, he wants all those things. But what is his ultimate goal? To put it very simply, it’s probably this: A.R. Rahman wants to show the world that art matters. That music matters. That creative imagination can indeed change and heal the world, just as much as science can.

  4. 4 out of 5

    dunkdaft

    'The Authorized Biography' - these words made my expectations sky-high. (And man, look at the size of the book, wide and thick). However somewhere the experience is not as promising as it looked. Krishna Trilok's debut outing with this biographical work, is something that makes you feel, ah the wait for that perfect biography is still on. In four sections the chapters are discussed. Beginnings, Metamorphoses, The World Beckons and Believer. But the flow of the tale does not follow linear discuss 'The Authorized Biography' - these words made my expectations sky-high. (And man, look at the size of the book, wide and thick). However somewhere the experience is not as promising as it looked. Krishna Trilok's debut outing with this biographical work, is something that makes you feel, ah the wait for that perfect biography is still on. In four sections the chapters are discussed. Beginnings, Metamorphoses, The World Beckons and Believer. But the flow of the tale does not follow linear discussion. As regular works generally goes. What we get instead is, a great amount of discussion in initial pages, about - the film 99 songs ! And the movie comes here and there many times throughout the book, despite the fact the movie was in the works while the book was being written (and no, not that it has won accolades or an Oscar). At places we get insights on his life before fame, thru eyes of AR's sisters and companions. Which is at good length (but again, somewhat borrowed from previous books came about. Nasreen Munni Kabeer's conversations especially). That gives personal touch to discussions. From AR's days of ad jingles to grabbing Mani Ratnam's Roja. The tales are surely going to take you on nostalogic ride. Similarly the growth from that onwards. Bombay, Rangeela to Slumdog to Yuvvraj and many such. Many a times the album's discussed in details, song by song, making us involved and revisit the album's But what I felt here, was lack of someone, an assistant who could have helped musically to put it more immercively. (Gosh, how some spells were incorrect ! for blogs, it's okay, but for a book - it is an unpardonable offense). Lack of titbits said by some legends who worked with AR (Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Lata ji ...). Instead through the book we get only handful people like Rajiv Menon and Trilok's. (Except, the bits by Imtiaz Ali. All of his inputs are a delight). Even the photos, are put in a hurry and does not have keepsake quality. Definitely, as a diehard fan of AR, one should still go on through this ride. As there is ofcourse material to cherish and be nostalogic about. However it doesn't (putting this typically) strike the right chords despite the efforts and pages invested. NMK's conversations has superior experience instead (if you want to pick up). And ah, how I wish Balaji Vittal and Aniruddha Bhattacharjee would come up with something about maestro.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anantha Narayanan

    The book is just because of AR. The only takeaway is to be positive in life just like the boss. Long read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vijay Ravisankar

    This might be my last book for the year but I hope I can read something better so that my last book of the year isn't a dud. To say a something positive to begin with, there are few interesting facts about people other than ARR in the book and that's about it. The author (Krishna Trilok) has tried or says that he tried to present ARR's story in a way that has never been presented before but it is far from true. A lot of this book except stories on his filming venture have been out there for so l This might be my last book for the year but I hope I can read something better so that my last book of the year isn't a dud. To say a something positive to begin with, there are few interesting facts about people other than ARR in the book and that's about it. The author (Krishna Trilok) has tried or says that he tried to present ARR's story in a way that has never been presented before but it is far from true. A lot of this book except stories on his filming venture have been out there for so long, people who are ardent fans definitely know a lot of these already. Even if people forgot, it still isn't new information. Also, the author has basically written about ARR based on the conversations he had with his parents, who have worked with ARR quite a bit. Almost a half of the book at least has quotes from his parents and another quarter from the Rajiv Menon (the only other person whom he managed to get to talk a lot I suppose). If you delete the words quoted by Sharada, Trilok and Rajiv Menon , the book almost become only a few chapters long. Apart from all these things, the book isn't much about ARR himself but more about the songs themselves. Sometimes the author even writes lines describing the visual of the song (this person dancing with this person....) You can get as much info about Ram Gopal Varma and Imitaz Ali as you can get about ARR in this book and it is quite less when I say that. Also, if you delete "According to Kamani Mathai" "According to " , where he has mentioned some information from, you'll be left with not much. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement honestly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    A Man Called Ove

    3.5/5 A.R. Rahman - called the "Mozart of Madras" which he hates, a better title would be "Sachin of Music" as the author playfully suggested. And like Sachin he is a cut above the others and different from them. Perhaps the devout Rahman will detest it, but he too is a sort of "God", the nickname for Sachin on SM. And I have had the privilege to attend God's 3 and a half hours long live concert in Vadodara on 26th Jan 2015. Rahman's entire life and his career have been very well covered. This bo 3.5/5 A.R. Rahman - called the "Mozart of Madras" which he hates, a better title would be "Sachin of Music" as the author playfully suggested. And like Sachin he is a cut above the others and different from them. Perhaps the devout Rahman will detest it, but he too is a sort of "God", the nickname for Sachin on SM. And I have had the privilege to attend God's 3 and a half hours long live concert in Vadodara on 26th Jan 2015. Rahman's entire life and his career have been very well covered. This book is written by a fan and is adulatory in tone. Apart from a couple of surprising quirks - he only eats halal meat, he believes black magic killed his father, it presents Rahman as a flawless human being; or God. If you are familiar with the Tamil songs and movies mentioned you will perhaps enjoy the book even more. Ditto, if you are trained in music. If you are not a fan, maybe you can just read the shorter (100+ page) interview by Nasrin Munni Kabir.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shiva Subbiaah kumar

    NOTES OF A DREAM THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPH by Krishna Trilok 40% it is A.R Rahman's biography & the rest is a mix of Soundtrack lists of famous ARR albums, Interesting Trivia's, Perspective about ARR said by his family, colleagues and associates Negatives - A die-hard fan would easily get bored while reading the well-known facts - Could have been more into the biography Positives - Makes you feel nostalgic while reading about early albums of ARR - Each time you read about a song you can get reminded how NOTES OF A DREAM THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPH by Krishna Trilok 40% it is A.R Rahman's biography & the rest is a mix of Soundtrack lists of famous ARR albums, Interesting Trivia's, Perspective about ARR said by his family, colleagues and associates Negatives - A die-hard fan would easily get bored while reading the well-known facts - Could have been more into the biography Positives - Makes you feel nostalgic while reading about early albums of ARR - Each time you read about a song you can get reminded how good the song was and makes you search the internet and play it immediately

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kavya U.

    This is the holy book for all Rahmaniacs. This will tell you why A.R. Rahman is a Music God.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sambasivan

    Easy reading. Nostalgic for me as I had seen the birth of the legend while watching Roja and followed his incredible growth story. Humility is the word one attaches to Rahman and that is amply justified as one reads the anecdotes of his life. Rahman fans will lap it up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Utsav Tiwary

    Had an AR Rahman t-shirt and proudly used to wear it - I am that kind of a fan. But the book, which starts on a high note, tapers off midway through the journey with lots of touch and go references to his numerous songs instead of weaving a tale around some of the special ones. It does cover all the checkpoints and milestones in his life - from childhood to Bollywood, the Oscars and many more. The details are pretty intimate and that is commendable for AR Rahman has a super busy schedule and is Had an AR Rahman t-shirt and proudly used to wear it - I am that kind of a fan. But the book, which starts on a high note, tapers off midway through the journey with lots of touch and go references to his numerous songs instead of weaving a tale around some of the special ones. It does cover all the checkpoints and milestones in his life - from childhood to Bollywood, the Oscars and many more. The details are pretty intimate and that is commendable for AR Rahman has a super busy schedule and is not the most loquacious person. The disappointing part is the fact that the author gets into an idol-worship mode, almost fawning over his discography. Expected a more detached storytelling laced with instances of 'how' and 'why' he does things rather than 'what' he does.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jayanth

    I grew up listening to A R Rahman composing Roja, Bombay etc. This books triggers the childhood memories and beautifully describes "behind the scene" stories. A must read if you are a ARR fan. I grew up listening to A R Rahman composing Roja, Bombay etc. This books triggers the childhood memories and beautifully describes "behind the scene" stories. A must read if you are a ARR fan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vinod Sankar

    It's more a fanbook than an analysis on what lies within Rahman and his music. Disappointed due to my own expectations. It's more a fanbook than an analysis on what lies within Rahman and his music. Disappointed due to my own expectations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arwindh Panneerselvam

    I had taken a liking to reading biographies over the past few years. I read about Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Richard Branson, some of the superheroes of our generation. The books somehow felt as fairy tales for grown-ups wherein the hero is *real* in those stories. But they still lived in a different world from me. When I first saw the book about A.R.Rahman, “Notes of a dream”, the prospect of reading about someone closer home seemed exciting. I wasn’t fully sold on that idea at first though. I w I had taken a liking to reading biographies over the past few years. I read about Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Richard Branson, some of the superheroes of our generation. The books somehow felt as fairy tales for grown-ups wherein the hero is *real* in those stories. But they still lived in a different world from me. When I first saw the book about A.R.Rahman, “Notes of a dream”, the prospect of reading about someone closer home seemed exciting. I wasn’t fully sold on that idea at first though. I worshipped #Rahman and not a day ends without me hearing a bit of Rahman’s music. I was a self-confessed “Rahmaniac” and had meticulously collected his song as treasures. What extra this book is gonna show me which already didn't know of ARR?? In the end, curiosity got the better of me and I succumbed into buying the book on Amazon. The first 50 pages trace the life of Rahman's childhood. It was interesting to know how a teenager had managed his school, his family and a career. The real magic of the book started for me somewhere after 1/3rd of the book. That’s when Rahman's film career begins in the form of "Roja". From this part, it became an interactive activity for me. The author, Krishna Trilok would gush about a specific note in a soundtrack leading me to search, listen and re-live that magic. It was a tiny bit of time travel to go back to the ’90s & '00s. I had to restrict myself to read only certain pages. It would give myself time to listen to the soundtracks and savour them in peace. It took me two weeks to finish those chapters and thereby listening to the entire catalogue of ARR. More than the writing per se, it's Rahman's rich history and the memories tied to those moments which elevates the book to another level. This book is a must-have for any die-hard AR Rahman fan and it’s a good read for others.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anitha Ponraj

    The Man behind the Music and The Music that made the man. ✨ Notes of a dream The authorised biography of A. R. Rahman Krishna Trilok What a beautiful description, the perfect title and cover. Everything about this book is musical and lovely, just like the man whom the book is about. Arr ❤️ I got to know his music as early as 4 years. My 1st dance in LKG was “Chinna chinna asai”. I would be bluffing if I said I understood music or Rahman at the tender age of 4. It would take me well into my late teens f The Man behind the Music and The Music that made the man. ✨ Notes of a dream The authorised biography of A. R. Rahman Krishna Trilok What a beautiful description, the perfect title and cover. Everything about this book is musical and lovely, just like the man whom the book is about. Arr ❤️ I got to know his music as early as 4 years. My 1st dance in LKG was “Chinna chinna asai”. I would be bluffing if I said I understood music or Rahman at the tender age of 4. It would take me well into my late teens for music to make a way into my life and stay there ever since and of course Arr with it. Rahman translates to music for 90s kids .Music would is  a constant in my life. I love ARR music because it's different with each song, each movie, each album just like the way I love and the way I would always love. The fusion of different cultures in his music and the transition between traditional music to modern in his works kinda make me wonder that his music is like the literal description of millennial kid's life. I am sure every 90s kids could relate to this feeling who literally grew up with his music in the background. This book is a well written account of the shy Chennai kid who had to make a living out of music, out of family circumstances at an early age, making it to National through his talent, crossing the tough days with a positive attitude and inevitably to the International arena because he is made for it or he made his way through His Passion.His dream.His music. ❤️ It is music that pushes him forward from his jingles to bands to cinema music to the Oscar stage where he would make everyone of us proud with his “எல்லா புகழும் இறைவனுக்கே “✨and now into making cinemas. Constantly Changing. Evolving.Growing.Making it Big.Still humble.A Down to Earth human whom the whole world will Celebrate because its Simply.Humbly.Truly Him.A.R.Rahman❤️ #itsarrrrrrrrr A must read for every ARR fans who would love to know his journey, that made him the person who he is today✨

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rafiuddin Mohammad

    The author is the son of Sharda and Trilok, longtime associates and friends of AR, perhaps why this book is the authorized biography of the man. The author makes several references to the books on AR by Kamini Mathai and Nasreen Munni Kabir, both of which I have read. For someone who hasn't followed AR's life and is willing to know more about the man, this book is highly recommended. For someone who thinks they know AR as they know themselves, this book has details of his life that have never be The author is the son of Sharda and Trilok, longtime associates and friends of AR, perhaps why this book is the authorized biography of the man. The author makes several references to the books on AR by Kamini Mathai and Nasreen Munni Kabir, both of which I have read. For someone who hasn't followed AR's life and is willing to know more about the man, this book is highly recommended. For someone who thinks they know AR as they know themselves, this book has details of his life that have never been revealed before. As someone who has loved AR's work for more than 20 years, seen him evolve, experiment and disappoint at times, I find this book imposingly nostalgic. The author successfully delivers the evolution of AR, from a shy Madras boy to an expressive international star, to the reader.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chiththarthan Nagarajan

    I bought this book to get autograph from ARR. Yeah, I happened to work for him for One Heart Tour concert in Bengaluru. Exactly like in the book, he was busy, he looked at me in the way he doesn't want to remember my face, he said he will sign the book over after the photoshoot gets over, as soon as the last picture clicked, he vanished in the thin air. Understandable! "Mozart of Madras" (A title he hated), Chennai boy, Isai Puyal, Oscar winner, Thala! He is someone for everyone. I saved the las I bought this book to get autograph from ARR. Yeah, I happened to work for him for One Heart Tour concert in Bengaluru. Exactly like in the book, he was busy, he looked at me in the way he doesn't want to remember my face, he said he will sign the book over after the photoshoot gets over, as soon as the last picture clicked, he vanished in the thin air. Understandable! "Mozart of Madras" (A title he hated), Chennai boy, Isai Puyal, Oscar winner, Thala! He is someone for everyone. I saved the last page to read after his concert. When I was reading the last page, I remembered the way he played piano. Eyes closed, fingers on the piano and heavenly music.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Razeen Muhammed rafi

    Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman Book by Krishna Trilok is biography of Mozart of Madras, Winner of Academy award for Slumdog millionaire. Since my childhood I am fan of A.R Rahman, His melodies have mesmerised everyone.His rock music also made people to rock on. Mean while he have struggled a lot before becoming world famous musician. He lost his father in childhood and started his career with making jingles for advertisement and keyboard player in films . This book was w Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman Book by Krishna Trilok is biography of Mozart of Madras, Winner of Academy award for Slumdog millionaire. Since my childhood I am fan of A.R Rahman, His melodies have mesmerised everyone.His rock music also made people to rock on. Mean while he have struggled a lot before becoming world famous musician. He lost his father in childhood and started his career with making jingles for advertisement and keyboard player in films . This book was written by Krishna Trilok,son of Trilok Nair and Sharada Trilok, close friends of Rahman who introduced him to director Maniratnam, and thereby helped with the big break. This book provide us Details on A.R Rahman and his journey to world of music.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Divya Sornaraja

    Was curious to know more about his working style, how he systematises to stay relevant, and to learn more about his personality - from discovering his identity to dealing with insecurities, I picked this book up. Beyond the nostalgic journey of all those lovely songs resonating my childhood, this book was less insightful than expected out of an author and was also slightly incoherent. It wasn’t very sequential and the story telling wasn’t entirely mature. May be the author’s personal relationship Was curious to know more about his working style, how he systematises to stay relevant, and to learn more about his personality - from discovering his identity to dealing with insecurities, I picked this book up. Beyond the nostalgic journey of all those lovely songs resonating my childhood, this book was less insightful than expected out of an author and was also slightly incoherent. It wasn’t very sequential and the story telling wasn’t entirely mature. May be the author’s personal relationship with Mr. Rahman, his less experienced age and his personal fanboy stature constrains him from writing a true unbiased biography. Nevertheless, this book is a decent quick read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dhanush

    An absolute must read if you are an AR fan. This books talks abt AR's beginnings, his rise to what he is now, his spirituality and what he really is as a person. It also speaks about his current projects like the YM Studios, film production, about his many hit songs. All in all a good book. If I have to pick on anything, it would be that the interviewed people are the ones mostly closer to AR. He friends, family, Maniratnam,SPB etc An interview with a Raja or Yesudas, or for that matter any of hi An absolute must read if you are an AR fan. This books talks abt AR's beginnings, his rise to what he is now, his spirituality and what he really is as a person. It also speaks about his current projects like the YM Studios, film production, about his many hit songs. All in all a good book. If I have to pick on anything, it would be that the interviewed people are the ones mostly closer to AR. He friends, family, Maniratnam,SPB etc An interview with a Raja or Yesudas, or for that matter any of his singers other than SPB would have been interesting. It is also a fact that the 'authorized' biography is written by a person who is the son of AR's closest friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nagarajan Madeswaran

    A passionate and masterful piece of work. I am not much into biographies and I thought why not get to know a little more of a man who touches my life every single day at least for a few minutes. This book offers a very good insight into the mind of the man and most importantly how he thinks and functions. It is slathered with mentions of his tracks and surely they make you nostalgic. This book is a healthy mix of life story, trivia on his works and a candid and rare window into the mind of the enig A passionate and masterful piece of work. I am not much into biographies and I thought why not get to know a little more of a man who touches my life every single day at least for a few minutes. This book offers a very good insight into the mind of the man and most importantly how he thinks and functions. It is slathered with mentions of his tracks and surely they make you nostalgic. This book is a healthy mix of life story, trivia on his works and a candid and rare window into the mind of the enigmatic man. The author is clear on what he wanted to present and how. He has done what he wanted to in a very efficient way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Prasham

    Unlike his music which is the phenomena and discovery of the 90s, his life story is nearly discussed publically. For me, his earlier advertisement years has something new to me and thus fascinating. The start of the book which covers this era is good, but later on, the book doesn't offer anything new. Also, a huge chunk of this book discusses 99 Songs and Le Musk, ARR's home-production and directorial venture, the part doesn't engage and can be useful to have more insights on his career. Repetit Unlike his music which is the phenomena and discovery of the 90s, his life story is nearly discussed publically. For me, his earlier advertisement years has something new to me and thus fascinating. The start of the book which covers this era is good, but later on, the book doesn't offer anything new. Also, a huge chunk of this book discusses 99 Songs and Le Musk, ARR's home-production and directorial venture, the part doesn't engage and can be useful to have more insights on his career. Repetition also doesn't help.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Narayanasamy Radhakrishnan

    Felt too many positive things were shared. No real negativity about the book at all. You can know about AR and what is the backdrop when he started. Having said that the man himself is very much a positive guy and try to emulate the positive side of things. No wonder why the book had focused on the positive side of things rather than the negativity. Go for it to know about the man, and if you are an AR fan. I can assure for few, the book might easily bore you out. Think before you pick it 😁 up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    G Sai

    I was always intrigued by the way rahman thinks and composes his music. After reading this book I got know his origin, his prognosis, his choices, his work. I found the book easily readable, provided if you are an ardent rahman fan. Otherwise it is difficult to enjoy the nuances mentioned about his work. But you will definitely get inspired at the end of completion of this book. Don't miss this, if you are a fan of music. I was always intrigued by the way rahman thinks and composes his music. After reading this book I got know his origin, his prognosis, his choices, his work. I found the book easily readable, provided if you are an ardent rahman fan. Otherwise it is difficult to enjoy the nuances mentioned about his work. But you will definitely get inspired at the end of completion of this book. Don't miss this, if you are a fan of music.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suganya R

    Could have been more into the biography than into the discography of AR Rahman. Most of the portions in the book is just a list down of the facts available about him on the public domain. Being a rahmaniac, it bored me while reading the well-known facts which the author should have avoided. Loved the feel while reading about the songs and ended up playing it immediately. My love for his music and respect for him pushed me to finish the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rafat Nadaf

    This is one of the most amazingly written book. Now I clearly know why ARR choose Krishna Trilok for this. And the life of ARR is surely so so positive and so much to learn from. I was a huge fan of ARR's music before I get to know his personal life. Now I am even a huge fan of what as a person he is. Truly inspiring. <3 So far I found Steve Jobs to be this interesting to be read for hours but this surely ties with it. Undoubtedly on of the BEST read in 2018. This is one of the most amazingly written book. Now I clearly know why ARR choose Krishna Trilok for this. And the life of ARR is surely so so positive and so much to learn from. I was a huge fan of ARR's music before I get to know his personal life. Now I am even a huge fan of what as a person he is. Truly inspiring. <3 So far I found Steve Jobs to be this interesting to be read for hours but this surely ties with it. Undoubtedly on of the BEST read in 2018.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keerthiha Ravi

    This novel goes beyond exploring the accomplishments of a famous yet deeply respected and loved human to teaching lessons through the intriguing moments of his life - that undoubtedly is the reason for who we all have come to know of today as A.R. Rahman.

  28. 4 out of 5

    R Ramesh Iyer

    For he is the one!!! Cant describe the humility not only by the people who have exclaimed in the book but definitely we could see that in many of his TV appearances or photographs in newspapers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    S Kris

    It's more of a documentary rather than diving into the skin of Rahman. It's like 300 pages of trivia for Rahman fans. The writing is flat, doesn't impress. Bonus points to the non linear approach for story telling. Makes a good airport read. It's more of a documentary rather than diving into the skin of Rahman. It's like 300 pages of trivia for Rahman fans. The writing is flat, doesn't impress. Bonus points to the non linear approach for story telling. Makes a good airport read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dipika Bangera

    An informative insight into the man, A.R.Rahman. I liked the book, simply written. Since he knows Rahman closely he has given an insider's view. However, at times it seems that Rahman really has no faults which maybe true to some extent. Good and easy read An informative insight into the man, A.R.Rahman. I liked the book, simply written. Since he knows Rahman closely he has given an insider's view. However, at times it seems that Rahman really has no faults which maybe true to some extent. Good and easy read

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