Friday, June 05, 2009

Rubina Ali Writes Her Memoir


When Miley Cyrus gets a five book deal to write about her life I always wonder why. I know such a book will appeal to her die-hard fans but there is not really much other point in a series of books that document her life. We see her life every day. The last thing I want to do is go home and read about it, especially when I know it was written by someone who probably just watched her for a few days and asked a couple of questions. I also ask myself, what a 16 year old has to share that is worth reading.

So, with that in mind you would think that I wouldn't care at all about what a 9 year old has to say about her life, but you would be wrong. Rubina Ali has lived more of a life in her 9 years than most people live in a lifetime. I want to hear about her life growing up in the slums of India. I want to read about what life is like for her on a daily basis. I want to feel good when she talks about going to Hollywood and seeing something she had only seen about on television or heard about from people who had seen television.

On July 16, Slumdog Dreaming will be released and in it, Rubina will "tell her story of playing marbles with her friends beside the sewers of Garib Nagar in Mumbai, to dancing along to the Bollywood films she and her family watch on their old television set."

To me that is much more interesting than why Miley chose a certain color of nail polish or the funny story about how she had to ride to a concert in a two year old limo instead of the new ones she prefers. My only complaint about the Rubina book is that I really think there should be a children's book with it. I think children should realize the whole world is not Nickelodeon and Disney and that everything is not a fairytale. It is one thing for a parent to tell a child there are less fortunate people in the world, and quite another if they are seeing pictures and reading the words of a nine year old who is one of those less fortunate.

13 comments:

Priscila said...

wow...well, she needs to buy a house to live in, since the great british humanitarian that is dany boyle wont buy it

and to be honest, they should have bought the actors a proper house since beginning the filming. the film is not a great one, the script is not as good as everyone suggests, and the strenght comes exactly from the actors, especially the kids. It just won lots of Oscars because of PC times, but no one can deny the kids were the responsibles for the exit of the film.

now i just think danny boyle and the producers should stop blabbing about how they are going to help them....it became evident that they simply dont care...

they will probably buy a copy of the book as a payment for her work

Priscila said...

..... i just wonder if they would be interested in turning the book into a movie.....lol

MontanaMarriott said...

This little girl is amazing, I really hope karma does right by her and makes her a huge star so she can take care of her family and gives back to her community

Cheri said...

On the subject of children's books that reflect the darker side of life, Author Larry Loyie has written a few children's books about growing up as a Native American, going to the Residential Schools that were run by nuns. He even wrote a book about HIV. My daughter has read his books and had the honour of meeting him.

Pookie said...

this little girl breaks my heart. i hope her book deal is the real mccoy, not something meant to exploit her all the more.

Marion said...

I hope she makes lots and lots of money !

Jessica said...

My only question would be - did some other big corporation royally screw her over with this book deal? Did they offer her a thousand dollars for it because they knew it would be like a million to her, while they will thrown millions at Miley?

Jade, That Girl said...

I agree, definitely need a children's book.

So I can show my five year old nephew pictures of a little girl who doesn't get eight birthday parties a year let alone, any.

ardleigh said...

I agree 100% ! Especially about the childrens book. It will wake children up to fact what they take for granted are another kids dream life.Shelter,food,the privilege to play instead of work for living aren't givens to every child.

I wish Rubina a life as privileged as Miley's. I hope she gets it soon.

KellyLynn said...

I'm looking forward to this book.

linnea said...

as long as her father doesnt get all the money, this is a good thing...

shakey said...

That's a phenomenal idea, Ent. Should be required school reading.

Anna said...

Outsourcing.