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A biography/bio is an itemized portrayal of an individual's life. It includes something beyond the fundamental realities like educational background, work, personal connections, and demise; it depicts an individual's encounter with these life occasions. In contrast to a profile or resume, Biography presents an individual's life story, featuring different parts of their life, including private subtleties of experience, and may incorporate an examination of the subject's character. 

Biographies are typically non-fiction, yet fiction can likewise be utilized to depict an individual's life. Some of the famous biographies have been written about:

  1. Nirad C Chaudhuri

Nirad C. Chaudhuri, a Bengali creator, and researcher was against the withdrawal of British provincial rule from the Indian subcontinent and the ensuing dismissal of Western culture in free India. He was an intellectual and complex person who appeared to have been brought into the world at some unacceptable place and at some unacceptable time.

  1. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is almost a clique figure among every one of the unbelievable Indian Classical Vocalists of today. Albeit thought as a scion and doyen of the Patiala-Kasur style, addressing Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib's style of singing, he can similarly depict even the most inconspicuous elements of other significant traditional gharanas of India like Indore, Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Rampur and even Carnatic music of South India. This is maybe a result of his wide openness to different kinds and their maestros and musicologists other than his gurus.

  1. RK Laxman

R.K. Laxman is an Indian illustrator who wrote the funny comic You Said It, which chronicled Indian life and legislative issues through the eyes of the "everyday person," a huge-nosed bespectacled spectator wearing a dhoti and an unmistakable checked coat of who depicted important political events through his perspectives for the readers.

  1. Sir Chottu Ram

Sir Chhotu Ram was an important lawmaker in British India's Punjab Province, an ideologue of the pre-Independent India, who came from a Jat background and supported the interest of mistreated communities of the Indian subcontinent. For this accomplishment, he was knighted in 1937. On the political front, he was a prime supporter of the National Unionist Party which governed the United Punjab Province in pre-free India and kept Congress and the Muslim League under control. A significant piece of his compensation as minister was saved for grants and payments for financially poor yet brilliant students. The institution of two agrarian regulations was principally successful because of his commitment. These were the Punjab Relief Indebtedness Act and the Punjab Debtor's Protection Act.

  1. Chanakya

Chanakya, likewise called Kautilya or Vishnugupta was a Hindu legislator and savant who composed an exemplary composition on legal polity, Artha-shastra ("The Science of Material Gain"), a gathering of nearly all that had been written in India up to his time in regards to artha (property, financial matters, or material achievement). He is known to have had information on medication and astrology, and it is accepted he knew about components of Greek and Persian learning brought into India by Zoroastrians. A few specialists accept he was a Zoroastrian or if nothing else was unequivocally impacted by that religion.


Q1. Is there any difference between an autobiography and a biography?

A biography is a record of an individual's life, composed by another person. An autobiography is a record of an individual's life, composed by that individual.

Q2. What are the components of a biography?

What's going to be included in the biography and its length can change altogether, however, there are a few normal components in a biography that stays intact. Key Elements to Include are-

  • date of birth and where they were born (and demise, if applicable)

  • the current area of residence

  • educational foundation

  • professional background

  • significant accomplishments

    Q3. Which is the best biography in India?


    Business: ‘It happened in India’ - Kishore Biyani - It is all about Big Bazaar, how the organization was created, how it became a key part of middle-class Indians' life and a real BIG Brand.


    Politics:My Experiments with Truth’ - MK Gandhi – all about Mahatma Gandhi’s life throwing light on some of the activities he religiously followed in his life.


    Academics:The Man who knew infinity’ - Ramanujan - It is the biography of a genius who redefined the law of mathematics


    Social: ‘I too had a dream’ - Verghese Kurian - It is my favorite and most inspiring biography which explains the story of the creation of AMUL.

    Q4. Which unknown Indian autobiography is best?


    ‘Autobiography of An Unknown Indian’ is a witty and endearing account of Nirad C. Chaudhuri's life. The book explores the mind of the author as he takes his readers down memory lane to a pre-independence India. Written in a sarcastic manner that takes potshots at both Indian as well as British cultures. It draws various incidents from the author's life and lets us understand his views on life gained from his different experiences. Gives an authentic overview of the quality of a Bengali-Indian's life during the pre-independence era. Written by an educated person who was adept in the British ways of living.

    Q5. What are the 4 types of biographies?


    There are four basic types of biographies namely:


    Historical fiction- Usually, the stories are loosely based on a few well-known facts about the individual and then developed for the greatest entertainment value for film or television.


    Academic- The lives of leaders in business, politics, and social change are usually grouped chronologically in an academic biography.


    Fictional academic- The documented events of a person’s life are used entertainingly while striving to relate an honest impression of the individual.


    Prophetic - contains guidance for the material, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind. It may even become elevated to religious scripture.

    Q6. What is the best biography to read?


    ‘A Beautiful Mind’ by Sylvia Nasar


    ‘Alexander Hamilton’ by Ron Chernow


    ‘Churchill: A Life’ by Martin Gilbert


    ‘E=mc²: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation’ by David Bodanis


    ‘The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon’ by David Grann


    ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World’ by Tracy Kidder


    ‘Napoleon: A Life’ by Andrew Roberts


    ‘Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout’ by Lauren Redniss


    ‘Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter’ by Kate Clifford Larson


    ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand

    Q7. What is the greatest biography ever written?


    ‘The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou’ by Maya Angelou


    ‘The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin’ by Benjamin Franklin


    ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave’ by Frederick Douglass


    ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank


    ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela


    ‘Living for Change: An Autobiography’ by Grace Lee Boggs


    ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama


    ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban’ by Malala Yousafzai


    ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yogananda


    ‘An Autobiography’ by Agatha Christie


    ‘Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1’ by Mark Twain


    ‘Cash: The Autobiography’ by Johnny Cash

    Q8. What is the highest selling autobiography of all time?


    ‘Don Quixote’ - Miguel de Cervantes


    ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ - Charles Dickens


    ‘The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)’ - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


    ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ - J. K. Rowling


    ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ - Cao Xueqin


    ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis


    ‘Vardi Wala Gunda’ - Ved Prakash Sharma


    ‘The Da Vinci Code’ - Dan Brown


    ‘The Alchemist (O Alquimista)’ - Paulo Coelho


    ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ’ - Lew Wallace


    ‘The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care’ - Benjamin Spock


    ‘Black Beauty’ - Anna Sewell

    Q9. What is the difference between autobiography and biography?


    Although both forms of writing are non-fiction recounts of an individual's life, there are several differences between the two:


    Authors: A biography is an account of a person's life, written by someone else. An autobiography is an account of a person's life, written by that person only. Thus biographies are less accurate representations of a person's personal experiences.


    Permissions: Biographies can be written with or without permission, whereas autobiographies require no permission at all.


    Narrative voice: Another difference is the narrative voice. Autobiography texts are written in first-person narratives (using I and me). Biographies are written in third-person narratives. This third-person narrative is much less personal.