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Actress Lisa Ray's memoir to be published by HarperCollins India in 2019

The yet-untitled book, will be an account of Ray’s life; from her stint in films to her spiritual journey post surviving cancer.

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Actress and cancer survivor Lisa Ray's life is an inspiration. She recently became a mother of twins via surrogacy, too. Ray is all set to pen her memoir that will be published by HarperCollins India. The yet-untitled book will be out next in the summer of 2019.

“I am both nervous and excited about the publication of my memoir by HarperCollins India. Writing my story has transported me through a myriad of experiences and worlds, and the emotions of a life lived close to the bone. I’ve been working on this a long time and, after the birth of my twins, it feels like my third baby. Thank you, HarperCollins India, Jayapriya Vasudevan and Jacaranda Agency, for standing by me and extending all your sensitivity and skills in bringing my manuscript to life. It’s hard to tell your own story authentically without unwavering support. I hope this will be the first of many more stories I have to share,” Ray said in a statement. 

Diya Kar of HarperCollins India said, "Lisa’s memoir is candid, brave, and inspiring. We are delighted that we will be publishing the story of her remarkable journey — from being ‘discovered’ at 16 to being diagnosed with cancer at 37, this is a brutally honest account of one who’s lived life on her terms."

Born in Canada to a Bengali Hindu father and a Polish mother, Ray first shot to limelight when she shot for a Bombay Dyeing commercial in the 1990s. After shining in the fashion and ad circuit, she was cast in Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's music video 'Afreen Afreen'.

Most supermodels in India have taken the cinema route, Ray though would only do her first film in 2001 with Kasoor, directed by Vikram Bhatt. A year later, she featured in Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood/Hollywood and then in Water (2005) that was nominated for the Oscars.

Ray didn’t figure much in the Hindi cinema and in 2010, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The untitled memoir is an account of Ray’s nomadic existence — her entry into the Indian entertainment industry, relationship with her Bengali father and Polish mother, experience of working in films and the Oscars, her battle with eating disorder, being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and her spiritual quest.