Deepti turns author

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By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15 -- Since being yesteryear cinema's art house poster girl, Deepti Naval has donned many other hats trying her hand at photography, poems and paintings. Now, the actor is out with her debut book titled Mad Tibetan: Stories From Then And Now. The anthology, comprising 11 short stories, explores different facets of her life.

In the title story, The Mad Tibetan, Deepti plays a wandering photographer seen lurking around the picturesque locales of Ladakh, with her Canon EOS 50 in hand, as she encounters a free-spirited character. In Thulli, Deepti takes over her Bollywood actor persona, as she visits Kamathipura to prepare for a role of a prostitute.

"I always knew the book would be written in first person," she says, adding, "I didn't really see it as revealing different aspects of life as actor, photographer, artist though. It just allows the writer to present an honest, candid story." Deepti's stories travel Mumbai, Himachal, Punjab, Ladakh and New York and explore her life as a young schoolgirl in awe of actor Balraj Sahni, to becoming an actor in Bollywood.

They recollect incidents froms the 1980s to the recent past touching on topics as diverse as a piano tuner's life to a Bollywood struggler's dream, abused children and broken relationships. But ask the sombre actor if she keeps up with her dark image through her writing and she's quick to add, "My last book of poems may have been that but this one is about life. It captures different aspects, there's joy and sorrow in equal measure. I smile a lot in real life, even though my films don't allow me to," she says.