Books helped Lisa Ray fight with cancer; Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood healed the actor

JAIPUR: Supermodel-actor Lisa Ray whose battle with cancer is now a published book, said that it was, in fact, books that helped her sail through the “darkest period” of her life. From the Russian literary titan Fyoder Dostoevsky, to contemporary writers like Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood, Ray said she read “copiously and indiscriminately”. “Books have played a very big role in bringing me out of the darkest period of my life. I read copiously and indiscriminately. I read Russian writers like Dostoevsky. I also read a lot of Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood,” Ray told on the sidelines of the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. According to her, the 19th century Russian writers continue to inspire and enlighten generations and remain relevant even today because their works deal with universal themes. The 47-year-old actor said when she was at the height of her desirability and fame in India, she cut herself off from the outside world in order to read. “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… Read full this story

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