New Delhi, 17 July 2019: Penguin Random House India announces the acquisition of the first writing venture by popular television host, actor and fitness icon Mandira Bedi. Titled Happy for No Reason, this will be a memoir written in the style of a modern-day fitness lifestyle manual. This book will be released in 2020 in English across the country.
A multifaceted personality, Mandira writes about her experiences in parenting, keeping fit and striking a balance, in the process busting myths while divulging her mantra in dealing with these aspects. This tell-all memoir will inspire, inform and entertain the readers. As a fitness icon, Mandira writes about the need for body positivity, encouraging people to relinquish their struggle for third-party validation and adopting a health regime for their own benefit. She candidly shares with her readers the tricks that have helped her retain her health and exuberance in the chaotic, mentally and physically gruelling schedules she has had to keep as a working professional. Besides, she discusses in detail the secrets that have helped her find a sustainable work-life balance, and physical and mental well-being.
Talking about her upcoming book, Mandira Bedi says, ‘With utmost gratitude, I look at my life having taken the most blessed and divine turns these last 25 years in entertainment. Each passing year, it has been getting and feeling better than the year gone by. I have lived life, going with the flow and that has brought me to the only goal I ever hoped to get to – being happy from within. Happy for no Reason is an attitude and an intent I put out, to wake up with every day of my life. Moreover, being invited by Penguin to author this book is a dream come true for me. But when you are in a place of true bliss you get to reach beyond what could be and what is!’
Mandira Bedi is known for her candid disposition and in this book she talks about living life under the public eye. Taking cues from her own life, she writes about her ‘material’ being that is either celebrated or castigated for her bold and radical choices in the limelight. This also acts as a general commentary on what society worships as the ‘ideal body’ and how it discards whatever deviates from it.
Premanka Goswami, senior commissioning editor at Penguin Random House India, says, ‘In her life, Mandira Bedi has donned many hats. In addition to being a versatile actor, she is a successful entrepreneur, a social influencer, a sports lover, a fitness enthusiast, an advocate of body positivity and now an author as well. A deeply personal narrative, her part-memoir-part-lifestyle manual will capture the many roles she juggles as a professional, a parent and a home-maker. We are thrilled to have Mandira on our list and I look forward to working with her.’
Ranjana Sengupta, deputy publisher, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘Mandira Bedi is not just a successful actor, business woman and fitness icon, she is also someone who has smashed many glass ceilings. Happy For No Reason will be an inspirational book for readers. We are absolutely delighted to have her on our list.
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