Hence, when it was revealed that her brother Aneesh Bhanot had put together the book 'The Neerja I Knew', I was really quite excited. After all, it would have been a tribute no less to the young woman who is now a source of inspiration for many. Also, the book would have been a great source to know a lot more about Neerja than what the film has already revealed about her.
As it turned out though, 'The Neerja I Knew' – which is panned across just around 70 pages – is basically a picture book affair where a few short chapters are interwoven with Neerja Bhanot's childhood and modeling day pictures. Well, if pictures could tell a story then the book does make for a valuable asset as you are left mighty impressed by the grace and manner in which Neerja carried herself as a model. She is quite pleasing to eyes, be it in the traditional Indian sarees or the Western wear.
Of course, if you have watched the film already, a lot of these pictures appear in the end credit rolls as well. However, for those who wish to have a collector's edition at home or office, the book makes for a visually impressive affair as you do fall in love with Neerja instantly.
In fact the most heartfelt of pieces (as expected) is the one which was penned by her father Harish Bhanot after her death. It has been re-published for the book and makes you go down the memory lane. However, how one wishes that there were more such insightful accounts on display.
That said, and as mentioned earlier, the book does well as a visual affair and though you don't get to 'know' more about Neerja Bhanot here, you do get to 'see' her at the least, which is a bonus for sure.
Price: Rs. 300/=