A candid, warm and inspiring memoir by the Canadian actress, Bollywood superstar, cancer survivor and activist.
Cross-cultural phenomenon Lisa Ray is an internationally acclaimed performer, philanthropist and star. Raised in Canada by an Indian father and a Polish mother, Ray was discovered while on vacation in India and went on to become not only one of the most successful cover models and celebrities in pre-globalization India but also an acclaimed, award-winning actress, starring in Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nominated Canadian film Water, among other prestigious productions. She has always felt like a pioneer of reverse immigration, living a dual life on two continents. Named one of the 10 most beautiful Indian women of the millennium in a Times of India poll, and featured as one of HELLO! Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful People, Ray has, despite her success, struggled with her own demons. She has spent a lifetime contending with the politics of identity and the emotional roller coaster of an eating disorder, only to receive, in 2009, the shocking diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the white blood cells. Her story of recovery and personal growth is one of resilience and inspiration, recounting how she dealt privately and professionally with the disease and became a tireless advocate for cancer survivors and stem-cell research.
In this warm, engaging and surprisingly frank memoir, Lisa details her struggles and shares with us how her spiritual journey has strengthened and changed her. She opens up about how an Indo-Polish girl from suburban Toronto made it in the high-flying worlds of Bollywood and Hollywood, and relates the many tough lessons she has learned along the way.