Jaipur: Fyodor Dostoevsky could have died practically two centuries in the past, however the peerless Russian literary titan’s highly effective phrases proceed to revitalise and assist deliver again to life even these having an in depth shave with dying. Supermodel-actor Lisa Ray is a working example.
The Indian-Canadian actor was recognized in 2009 with a number of myeloma, a most cancers of the white blood cells, which is taken into account incurable and deadly. A 12 months later, the 47-year-old actor declared she was free from the lethal illness.
“Books have played a very big role in bringing me out of the darkest period of my life,” she stated in response to a query on what helped her overcome the illness.
“I read copiously and indiscriminately. I read Russian writers like Dostoevsky. I also read a lot of Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood”, Ray informed PTI on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival on Friday.
She stated the 19th-century Russian writers continued to encourage and enlighten generations and stay related even right this moment as a result of their work offers with common themes. Ray stated when she was on the peak of her desirability and fame in India, she lower herself off from the surface world as a way to learn.
“I actually disappeared, stopped taking calls, stopped accepting modelling offers and cocooned myself in my house and I read and it’s a true story. I spent three to four months locked inside my house with a pile of books,” she stated.
“For me, books are borderless, transcendental. The best author to me is one who writes about things which we have experienced but may not have expressed,” she stated. The actor additionally talked about her e-book titled “Close to the Bone”, which chronicles her fight against most cancers.
Ray stated she wish to describe her e-book not as a memoir, however as a travelogue with a soul. Deliberating on her fight against most cancers, she stated it taught her so much in regards to the which means of success.
“There is absolutely no use in money and fame when you are suffering inside and are broken, you are experiencing trauma and not heading towards healing. That was the biggest lesson I learnt,” she stated.
“I also learnt an interesting word that I never came across, it’s called coddiwomple. It essentially means a purposeful travel towards a yet unforeseen and unknown destination. This word describes me, my book and my life. I love it and think I have coddiwompled my entire life,” she stated.
Ray additionally stated she had signed a three-book cope with her writer and can write extra. “Writing is the most important thing in my life,” she stated. Earlier, talking at a session on her e-book, the actor stated she solely needed to be a author and that’s the reason she wrote “Close to the Bone”.
“I wanted to tell my story on my own terms. There are certain aspects of my life which are unusual. I owe my literary compulsions and passion to my Bengali bloodline. We can’t help it. It’s in the blood. My father is a Bengali and my mother is a Polish,” she stated.