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Stars have hands on..

Check out what the actresses are glued to when they are off work.
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UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2006 11:27 AM IST

They are hot. They are sassy. They are sexy. But mind you, they are not dumb! We're talking about the Bollywood starlets. Check out what some of these gorgeous actresses manage to indulge in despite a pressure-cooker kind of life.

Whenever these actresses are off work, all they are glued on to is...Books! Reading has influenced their thinking in many ways. The starlets have drawn inspiration from award-winning novels.

They believe that books have influenced their lives as much as other important social and professional events. Actress Preity Zinta is among the passionate readers club, who finds Ayn Rand's Fountainhead as one of the most influential book of all time. "I have read this book several times till now and still whenever I find time, I like to read it again. This is the book, which has influenced me a lot. Initially when I read this book, it was difficult for me to understand it but later on when I read it again, I realized the importance of its character," explains Preity.

Talking further about the book she says, "The character of Howard Roark in this book has inspired me very much. He is a man of strong will who faces big problems in life but wins over them with his wisdom and endurance."

Preity is not a lone member of the reading club. Even actress Kajol feels that books have played a great role in shaping her career and influencing her life. Says she, "Though I have read many books but I have admiration for Brian Weiss' . When I started reading it, I just finished it in one go. Besides that there are many celebrated writers who have really changed my way of thinking and outlook about life. That's why I still spend time on reading good books."

Sonali Bendre also figures in the league of actresses who are ardent readers. "Gabriel Garcia Marqueez is my all time favourite. He is one of those few writers I admire the most. I think his books and writings have a lot of impact on my view of life," says Bendre.

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