How does one rate a book that is a record of conversations conducted on television? For one, by its content. And as contents go, this one is a gold mine. True, one misses the expressions, the laughter (having ‘laughs’ in parentheses is a poor substitute) and the quick rejoinder. Despite this, there is enough to hold the attention.
This is largely due to the fact that Anupama Chopra is, despite her camera-worthy looks, an old-school journalist. Her research is complete before she starts talking with her subject; her tone of voice is exploratory and interested; most importantly, she is never in quizmaster mode, trying to pull the rug from under her subjects. Instead, she asks them questions that put them at ease; her subjects are aware that she is more interested in them than in projecting herself.