By Anindita Mukherjee Last Updated:
Embracing parenthood is one of the most wonderful experiences for any human being. Be it through any means, having babies is truly the most beautiful feeling in the world. When one hears the very words, ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ for the first time, the joy it brings to the newbie parents is unimaginable! (Do Read: Actor Sumeet Sachdev Had Written A Song For His Baby Who Died Recently After Wife's Miscarriage)
Speaking about kids and embracing parenthood, we have another celeb who embraced parenthood a few months back but had kept it away from media glare. Any guesses as to who it is? It is none other than the brave and beautiful, cancer-survivor-cum-actress, Lisa Ray! Lisa and her businessman-hubby welcomed two adorable daughters via surrogacy on June 2018 at Tbilisi, Georgia. And ever since, the I Can’t Think Straight Star is on cloud nine!
In an interview with Bombay Times, Lisa revealed the names of her twin daughters and trust us, they are beautiful to another level! She has named her daughters- Sufi (mystic) and Soleil (surrounded by rays, as of the sun). Isn’t that beautiful? Speaking about embracing parenthood for the first time, Lisa shared, “At the moment, my life is full of cascading emotions, attempting to co-ordinate feeding, napping and play schedules while juggling work, self-care, travel and time with friends, family and my hubby. My life has been full of crazy adventures, but right now, I’m experiencing a new level of anarchy and love. I can’t wait to bring our daughters to our home in Mumbai." (Also Read: Karan Johar Fails To Teach Yash Johar Some Table Manners, The One-Year-Old Is Not Sorry At All)
Why did Lisa choose surrogacy? She replies, “It has been an arduous and interesting experience. Having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a form of blood cancer) in 2009, which requires me to be on a lifelong dose of medication, pre-empted the possibility for me to carry children myself. Fortunately, technology has progressed where there are choices and new possibilities for having children. My husband and I decided to pursue surrogacy. India was the obvious choice. We consulted a reputed fertility doctor, but a week before we could begin, India outlawed commercial surrogacy. We were crushed. While I understand the pressing need to regulate the industry and prevent exploitation of surrogate mothers, it was a case of literally throwing out the baby with the bath water. But, I was determined. My husband and I were advised we could continue the process in India and that there were ‘ways’. But we did not want to bring our children into the world under a cloud of uncertainty”.
Lisa and her hubby, Jason embraced parenthood in their mid-40s and they have a profound reason for doing so. In the same interview, The World Unseen star stated, “My husband and I are becoming parents in our mid-40s, which is also unconventional, but the right time for us. I love to see Jason with them, growing into his new role as a father, holding them, changing diapers, with a burp cloth I got him, which is embroidered with ‘Men Who Change Diapers, Change the World’.”
Lisa further talked about dismissing all the myths around surrogacy and shared, “I wanted to share our struggles and triumph. Having been open about my cancer journey and receiving so much unconditional support, sharing this moment of happiness feels right. Hopefully, our story can give hope to others who are struggling to have kids. Life throws you both challenges and miracles, and I’m unspeakably grateful for my miracle daughters.” (Don't Miss! Mom-To-Be Sania Mirza Misses Shoaib Malik, Asks Him To Be Back Clean-Shaven, See What He Does)
And, what future plans does she have to bring up her girls? Being a philanthropist and a brave heart herself, Lisa concluded with some beautiful thoughts, “I will teach my girls to be resilient, strong, open, and that they can achieve anything they set their hearts on. There are no boundaries, except the ones in our minds and children have no idea of what they can and cannot achieve. Bringing up the next generation to be kind is the greatest chance we have for a better future. I can’t resist whispering in their tiny ears — ‘The Future is Female’.”
Wow! Isn’t it beautiful? Tonnes of congratulations to Lisa and Jason on embracing parenthood! We can’t wait to see a family picture of the awesome foursome soon!