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K.L. Saigal by Pran Nevile
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May 13, 2011

The book makes it amply clear that there doesn't exist many documents around Saigal. An intensely private person, he left behind precious little by way of letters or, diaries. As such, it builds the content around conversations with those who knew him - friends and family. At various points the book ends up feeling like a Wiki page with hyperlinks to various characters who tell the same story from their perspective - Saigal's childhood, his mother, his pursuit of songs and tunes, his unique vocal and tonal ability, his introduction to New Theatres and, his fame. It is well written but it does become a slack after a while.

The best thing about this book - the appendices at the end. If not for the 'biography' about Saigal (there's little of it), the appendices make up for it.

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