In August 2020, Priyanka Chopra Jonas informed her fans that she was writing her memoir, Unfinished. The good news is that his debut book is now dated this year. Lately, the actress has been interacting with her fans, asking them to share their unfinished stories with her.
The actress's first memoir, embodied in her new book: Unfinished, hits shelves on February 9, and Chopra Jonas details the racist bullying she suffered at an American high school. She explained that in an interview with People.
Back in June 2018, The White Tiger actor had shared that “checking something off your “bucket list” gives you an indescribable sense of accomplishment,” hinting at the book announcement. “I’m super proud of what I’ve done and where my life is right now. I’ve realized you don’t have to be finished to tell your story, and that sometimes life’s greatest lessons are taught along the ride…when you’re still figuring things out…when you’re #unfinished.
"I took it very personally. Deep inside, it starts gnawing at you, "she admitted while discussing the bullying she experienced at an American high school at the age of 15. The experience was so bad that Priyanka eventually returned to India to finish her studies.
"I went into a shell. I thought, 'Don't look at me. I just want to be invisible. My confidence was stripped. I've always considered myself a confident person, but I wasn't quite sure where I was standing, who I was." According to People, Priyanka details in Unfinished how classmates at her Newton, Massachusetts high school yelled racist slurs at her as she walked down the hall.
"I don't even blame the city, honestly," she said. "I just think it was girls who, at that age, just want to say something that'll hurt. Now, on the other side of 35, I can say that it probably comes from a place of them being insecure. But at that time, I took it very personally."
After "[breaking] up with America," Priyanka found solace in returning to India. "I was so blessed that when I went back to India, I was surrounded by so much love and admiration for who I was. Going back to India healed me after that experience in high school."
In sharing her experience, Priyanka says that she hopes to inspire others to find themselves when faced with sadness or despair. "Insecurity becomes small as soon as you talk about it with someone you trust: A therapist, a counselor. I feel like a lot of people spend their time when they're feeling dark [in isolation]. That's the worst thing to do, is to feel sad alone."
"Sadness is very seductive. It sucks you in and you want to just wallow in it because it feels comfortable and warm — and light is harsh sometimes. [But] you have to look at it, you squint. [The light is] a lot, but it gives you life. It gives you joy.