Close to the bone 🍖
Live like the lotus flower 🌸
Women like us are built to endure
Grief is a practice. That’s the riddle of it. Nothing is ever lost.
There’s no place like home… You can always come home. Was everyone’s life like then? A tremulous, circular route that brought you back to where you started?
I loved reading this book. This book is an accurate reflection on the life of the author. A leading actress herself, the book gives an account of the glimpses of her life – her battle with eating disorders, a cancer survivor, diagnosis with multiple myeloma at a young age of just 37; her spiritual quest, lovers & traitors, mentors & dream-makers & not to forget the heartaches & triumphs.
The primordial reason behind me liking this book is – the ample amount of Bengali words & phrases used at certain places in the book makes it really delightful to read. Being a Bengali, I could easily connect through the text & the story at hand. This becomes evident from the fact that she’s born from Bengali father & Polish mother. It’s evident from the line she says – ‘My childhood was idyllic but also a strange combination of East & West influences.’ The fusion of both of these & her unique qualities with unrelenting abilities leads her to the Oscars as she steps into the movie sets accompanied by the Indian entertainment industry.
The book is very informative. It talks about so many countries & their capitals, the places she visited during her journey. Written in a funny way, gut wrenching, with sheer honesty – altogether it comprises to be a brave & an inspiring story. People think that actors/actresses/celebrities have an easy going life because they earn lot of money. However, the grass always look good on the other side. Only when we live their lives or try to understand the pain behind their success, the price they paid or the sacrifices they’ve undergone to make it this far. That’s when we’ll realise that even they’re mere humans accountable to numerous problems & succumb to fate. Noone has it easy.