This month's ELLE cover announced the return of Lisa
Ray to the world of modelling. Missing for a year, the
Canadian-Indian burst into the world of glamour, nearly
a decade ago, with a sexy ad for Bombay Dyeing -- clad
only in a high-cut black swimsuit. Given her ability
to look different at every shutter speed, Lisa soon
became a favourite with photographers. But modelling
has never consumed her and she has dropped it again
and again to follow her dreams.
has been one such passion that Lisa has pursued -- assiduously.
More than a year ago, Nisha Jhamwal and Lisa held an
art exhibition to promote new artists. The show was
a success and today, the two are trying to make it as
art dealers. Which explains why her living room is crowded
also explains why Lisa picks the same room as her favourite
part of the house. Home is where the art is for Lisa
and here the walls, the floors, the corners are crowded
with paintings. "I keep it this way as it gives
me a feeling of being surrounded byart," says she.
side of the room is dominated by a huge mural -- painted
all over the wall. "This was done by Nisha,"
says Lisa. Mainly in hues of blue and green, Lisa has
really grown to love the colours. "I have always
appreciated art even though I cannot draw. And though
I used to like neutral colours, I love this mural and
am really enjoying colour now," she says. The influence
is evident -- her sofas have vibrant Shyam Ahuja pillows
thrown all over them. And her kitchen has been done
up in bright colours too.
occupy whatever empty space there is on the walls. And
books and photographs of friends and family from Canada
are nestled together. "I love reading, especially
the classics and Russian authors," says Lisa