New Delhi: 'Aashiqui' girl Anu Aggarwal tells the fascinating story of her self-discovery, a near-death experience and amazing recovery in her autobiography which also includes details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to superyogis.
'Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead', according to Anu, is the story of a girl who was broken into a million pieces but is alive to tell the tale of how, like in a jigsaw puzzle, she brought the separated parts together back again.
It is the story of the dusky Delhi girl who went to Mumbai and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie "Aashiqui" in 1990 only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram in Uttarakhand.
Coming back to Mumbai, she was involved in a horrifying car crash in 1999 that put her in a coma for 29 days. Miraculously, she recovered and put the pieces of her life back together, first taking sanyas and then returning to Mumbai to teach yoga.
In the book, published by HarperCollins, Anu says she feels fortunate to "not have left a leaf unturned, or a button unhooked in my exploration of sexuality, sensuality, or just an honest human connect with members of the opposite sex".
About the men in her life, she says "Another time, a different place, sees another love affair. Lovers change. Nothing else is new" and provides a snapshot of these men.
Among them were Anglo-Indian jazz musician Rick "drummed the beat of my heart in unbelievable crescendo-in room- temperature aqua and delicious vegetarian food"; Giorgio Armani supermodel Danielle "woke me every morning to the most sumptuous omelettes and green tea"; Wall Street financier Christopher Welling was a follower of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Australian Jewish landowner Harvey had a "childlike enthusiasm for lovemaking".
The other men included Laurent, a French restaurateur and art gallery owner, with whom she had a "long-distance relationship, through phone calls and bated breaths"; architectural firm owner Garry Brown; venture capitalist Pats; tall and young-bodied Iraqi Ere; Roberto, one of the top guys at the Fiat car company in Italy; and the most moneyed guy she ever met, Abdi from Nigeria, who "preferred the most natural sexual act to be performed with both of us standing up straight".