Nothing to Lose – The Authorized biography of Ma Anand Sheela
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Total Pages: 332
Author: Manbeena Sandhu
About the Author:
Manbeena Sandhu is based in Toronto, Canada. In addition to being a writer, she works as an addictions counsellor with the community in Canada. Her first book, Layla in the Sky with Diamonds, is a work of fiction. Autobiography of Ma Anand Sheela is her first foray into non-fiction.
The cover is very simple. With a soothing colour in the background and full photograph of Ma Anand Sheela standing with a smile. This clearly tells the readers that she is the central character and its her story. The cover also has a stamp that ‘The Authorized biography’ as there have been multiple books, movies and documentaries telling us story of Sheela.
Plot and Review:
Manbeena take us through the story right from when Sheela was just sheela and not Ma Anand Sheela. Right from her childhood till her current day whereabouts.
As a child I have heard elders discussing and debating about Osho, I never understood what is the fuss all about, however it left the ‘curiosity ka keeda’ inside me to know more. SO when WritersMelon, proposed this book for review I grabbed the opportunity. There was lot of excitement to know what actually happened in Rajaneeshpuram, was Osho really good or bad.
Believe me even if you have watched the latest documentary on Sheela’s life ‘wild wild country’ this book has lot more to offer.
Its like the author has actually lived the with Sheela and narrated to her readers.
Sheela has very different and progressive to the time, kind of parents. It’s a story about love, devotion, hard work and betrayal. The life of Sheela has been nothing less of a rollercoaster ride and the author has put it across really well. Its truly a ‘Tell-it-all’ type of a read.
The collaboration and trust the central character and author have bestowed upon each other is a delight for the reader. The language as well as narration is smooth and simple English.
The only down side is, you lay your hands on this book only if you are curious to know about real life Osho and his movement. Some parts although real are explicit and might upset you, but that’s Sheela’s story. She has been through it with no regret.
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For the flamboyant life and good narration, the team of Nothing to Lose gets 5 stars.
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