I have worked in the film and television industry as an assistant director, a writer and a director. After living the last 21 years with my husband, Robin and 3 sons in a trendy, residential neighborhood in Los Angeles, we have packed up our house, sold our cars and relocated to Mumbai, India. This is the story of our adventures as we have moved from Hollywood to Bollywood.
The reason I was able to give away the things I loved, move to a city that I’ve only heard about and set up a home far away from friends and family is because I was recently diagnosed with a chronic disease. For the first time in my life, I am critically aware that nothing is promised… It’s’ now or never. Life was slammed into focus in the way that only trauma, death and chronic disease can inspire.
For a woman who is used to being on set and in the trenches, it is a big pill to swallow and sometimes I choke. I have had to become more compassionate, more gentle with the world and myself… seeing deeper into souls, not so certain and selfish. I am not as impatient and absent. I am quick to laugh and quicker to cry. I am also more honest and braver. I say what I think and am less embarrassed by my humanity.
It is with these eyes and this body that I have experienced Mumbai since our arrival in India. It has been tough at times and sometimes I wonder how we got here, but it is always entertaining and it has constantly been the ride of a lifetime.