Ranjita to pen 'how to survive a scandal' nityanand

CHENNAI: Three months after the telecast of the controversial tapes that allegedly showed her with godman Nithyananda in a compromising position, actor Ranjita is busy working on a self-help book, tentatively titled 'How to survive a scandal'. And the book draws on her experience.

"I am writing this based on my experiences in the past six months, and there are so many people out there feeling traumatised and suicidal," the actor told TOI in an exclusive interview, the first after the controversy broke. "My book will help people come to terms with personal problems, and I am in talks with a couple of publishers," she says.

"I am also writing a fiction, aimed at the youth of today, but the one drawn from my experiences will come out first," says the actor, pushing back her smartly cut hair. 'Autobiography Of A Yogi' and other books by renowned spiritual gurus line the shelf in her living room. "I was always a bookworm and you move from fiction to philosophy. I am especially fond of Indian spiritual writing," says the actor, who came to Chennai early this month. While struggling for the right word or the perfect phrase, she also took time to meet up with CB-CID officials in connection with the Nithyananda case.

Asked why she went underground when the controversy broke, Ranjita goes quiet for a minute. "I do not want to hang on to the past. I want to move on. I was very hurt and went through stress and trauma. I decided to hibernate for a while," she says. "The media was writing so many negative things about me, and some were fabricating interviews. Things piled up one on top of the other. You need time to deal with such things, to reconcile, but people think actors do not deserve that kind of time," she says with a rueful smile.

She quickly adds that her husband, sisters, parents and in-laws were pillars of strength. She has a short role in 'Raavanan', but she is yet to watch the film.