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Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray has had an acclaimed, serendipitous and award-winning career in the entertainment arts beginning in India in 1991 and spanning multiple countries and film.She began her career at a time when few of Indian origin were returning to India to make their living in the entertainment arts, thus pioneering the way for others. Her memoir, Close to the Bone, is a bestseller in India and was awarded the Laadli Media Awards for Gender sensitivity 2020. It was published by Harper Collins India to critical acclaim in May 2019 in India and with Penguin North America imprint Double Day in November 2020. She recently signed a three book deal with her Indian publisher, Harper Collins and is working on her next. When diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 2009, she chose to publicly share her experiences in a blog called ‘The Yellow Diaries’, which led to her first book. A lifelong activist, she has become a high profile global advocate for cancer awareness and wellness through public talks, keynotes and writing. Her poetry explores themes derived from identity-bending, nomadic experiences, the culmination of a life of no fixed address. Ray publicly announced the birth of her twin daughters via surrogacy in 2018 as a way to normalise fertility options and choices for others.


The Illuminated

Anindita Ghose in conversation with Sandip Roy, with a reading by celebrated actor Lisa Ray

JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of Anindita Ghose's latest novel, The Illuminated, published by HarperCollins India.

Writer and editor Anindita Ghose’s debut novel, The Illuminated, follows the unraveling lives of a mother and daughter in the wake of a personal tragedy. Skillfully negotiating shifting perspectives and worldviews, the narrative explores the tensions and continuums of a rapidly changing world. Ghose was until recently the Editor of the award-winning Saturday magazine Mint Lounge and previously Features Director of Vogue India. In conversation with author and broadcaster Sandip Roy, Ghose delves into the infinite questions of ambition, choices and freedom from deeply rooted patriarchy. This session includes a reading of select excerpts by celebrated actor Lisa Ray.