When most child stars, fascinated by the limelight, tend to tread their celebrity parent’s footsteps, Vismaya Mohanlal — daughter of Mollywood superstar Mohanlal — is carving her path. Vismaya is all set to make her debut as an author with Grains of Stardust, a poetry book that contains a collection of her poems accompanied by illustrations. “So I put together some of my poetry/art and made a book,” wrote Vismaya on Instagram. The book, published by Penguin Random House India, will hit stores on February 14 — aka Valentine’s Day.
Ahead of the launch, Mohanlal took to his Facebook page yesterday to express his pride. “It’s a proud moment for me as a father to announce the release of my daughter’s book Grains of Stardust — a book of poetry and art published by Penguin India — on February 14. Wishing her all the best in this endeavour,” he said, adding a link to where one can avail this book.
According to Vismaya, the book encompasses ideas of love, art and creativity. Speaking to a news agency, she said, “There are poems that I typed out on my phone waiting for the subway or while I was listening to a beat that I liked or words that came to me when I was looking at a painting or nature.” The 35-year-old said it was her brother Pranav, who suggested she compile the poems and sketches she had done over the years in a “little artsy book.”
The book’s foreword has been written by Mohanlal. “Offering a unique expression of thought reflecting feeling more than meaning, Grains of Stardust is a synesthetic stream of consciousness that does not distinguish between journey and destination, but meanders unchecked upon the river of human emotion,” wrote he.
Vismaya was in the news recently when a post she shared on her weight loss journey went viral. She lost 22 kg at a fitness camp at Koi Samui, Thailand. “Coming here, I had no idea what to expect. I spent a good few years saying that I want to lose weight and get fit but wasn’t doing anything about it. I’d be out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. Now, here I am, 22 kilos down and just genuinely feeling good.”