Can’t Wait To See You Warrior Princess: Stars On Sonali’s Homecoming Note

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Actress Sonali Bendre, who was undergoing treatment for cancer in New York, revealed she's on her way back to Mumbai in an emotional Instagram post and said: "I'm on my way back to where my heart is. It's a feeling I can't describe in words but I'm going to try." Sonali Bendre shared pictures of her from what appears to be the airport and wrote: "It's the joy to see my family and friends again, the excitement to do what I love and mainly the gratitude for the journey I've had up until this moment." From Sonali's post, it appears that the she is returning to India on a break while the treatment continues. "The fight is not yet over…but I'm happy and looking forward to this happy interval. It's time to learn that there is a new normal out there and I can't wait to embrace it and #SwitchOnTheSunshine," she added.

Sonali Bendre flew off to the Big Apple in July this year right after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer.

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They say "Distance makes the heart grow fonder". It sure does. But let's never underestimate what distance teaches you. Being away from home in the city of New York, I realized I was walking amongst so many stories. Each trying to write their own chapter in different ways. Each struggling to do it but never giving up. Each taking it #OneDayAtATime. And now I'm on my way back to where my heart is. It's a feeling I can't describe in words but I'm going to try – it's the joy to see my family and friends again, the excitement to do what I love and mainly the gratitude for the journey I've had up until this moment. The fight is not yet over…but I'm happy and looking forward to this happy interval 🙂 It's time to learn that there is a new normal out there and I can't wait to embrace it and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #NowPlaying #AdventureOfALifeTime And as my adventure with life continues these words by Chris Martin hit home, "Everything you want is a dream away. Under this pressure, under this weight We are diamonds taking shape…"

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While Sonali Bendre is en-route Mumbai, her friends and colleagues just can't wait to welcome her back to the city. Preparations are on in full swing to ensure Sonali has a grand homecoming. In the comments section of Sonali's post, Farah Khan wrote: "Come home soon. Rushing to buy fish for you," while Sussanne Khan, who is one of Sonali's best friends, added: "Can't wait to see you my warrior princess. Love you too much." While Abhishek Bachchan gave a virtual hug to Sonali Bendre, Twinkle Khanna sent out kisses.

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Sonali Bendre made up for her absence in Mumbai with interesting posts on social media, all of which quickly went viral. Last month, she revealed how her teenaged son Ranveer has been keeping her book club up and running in Mumbai. Previously, she had written about Dia Mirza, Sussanne Khan and Gayatri Joshi taking over Sonali's Book Club for her.

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Our first on ground activity for #SBCLilOnes! Thank you @sakpataudi for being so effortlessly articulate (as always). Thank you @neehagupta2002 for giving us an insight into your book #Different. And thank you @rockbehl for doing this Live for me and #SBC… you've always been around behind the scenes for SBC, it's nice to see you on camera for it! So proud of you! #SonalisBookClub

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This year, Sonali Bendre spent an "unconventional" Diwali away from home and also really missed being by Ranveer's side on his 13th birthday.

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Diwali in New York happens much later than in Mumbai… Hence the late wish! It was quite an unconventional one… We didn't have Indian clothes, we had a small puja… But it was all heart. Happy Diwali everyone! May this year bring you good health, wealth and prosperity… Hope you celebrated this festival with your family and friends, and hope you cherish every moment of happiness with them!

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Ranveeeeer! My sun, my moon, my stars, my sky… Okay, maybe I'm being a bit melodramatic, but your 13th birthday deserves this. Wow, you're a teenager now… Will need some time to wrap my head around that fact. I can't tell you enough how proud I am of you… Your wit, your humour, your strength, your kindness, and even your mischief. Happy happy birthday, my not-so-little one. It's the first one that we're not together… I miss you terribly. Lots and lots of love always and forever…. biiiiig hug! @rockbehl

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Meanwhile, when in New York, she also hung out with Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner and also went to visit veteran actor Rishi Kapoor (also in New York for medical treatment). Sonali was also part of Priyanka Chopra's bridal shower. Sonali Bendre had earlier thanked Priyanka Chopra for suggesting the stylist, who helped Sonali with her new looks, which she often posts about.

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