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Dr Seema Rao – India’s Wonder woman

1 Aug

rao1Flight like a girl often has a weak, negative connotation. But Dr Seema Rao India’s only woman commando trainer is testament to how strong women can be. In a freewheeling chat the brave heart speaks on training the forces and living her dreams fearlessly. Continue reading

Richa Chadda – Girl uninterrupted

18 Apr

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Richa Chadda doesn’t mince words or beat round the bush. She is direct… just like the characters she plays with unblinking conviction. The award-winning actress speaks straight from the heart on movies, men and more…

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Kareena Kapoor is a chocolate girl

27 Feb

Magnum Pleasure Ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan launches Magnum Brownie 1“I am still to see someone who doesn’t like ice-creams and brownies,” said Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor at the launch of Magnum ice-cream brownie variant. The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star spoke of how she would gobble up multiple ice-creams after school. This didn’t go down well with her mother the yesteryear’s actress Babita. The ice-cream fixations stayed on all these years and the actress indulges in them every once in a while. She confessed to having downed two ice-creams just before the launch! “If it’s a cheat day it’s definitely chocolate icecream. Now even Saif is addicted to them and blames me for his weight gain,” she revealed.  And what does she like most about the new variant? “The crackling sound when you bite into the chocolate crust before reaching the brownie. I just love it.” Yes the new Magnum brownie has a Belgian Chocolate coating so thick that it creates a distinctive crack when you bite into it. According to Kareena her Ki and Ka co-star Arjun Kapoor is the dishiest chocolate brownie in Bollywood.

Magnum Pleasure Ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan launches Magnum Brownie 2Magnum Brownie marries two all time favourite desserts – chocolate and brownie. It’s definitely a match made in gastronomic heaven! The new variant also comes in Magnum’s brand new packaging, with a bolder more distinct “M” logo and the famous Belgian chocolate crack.

While we don’t usually need a special time to celebrate our favourite frozen, creamy dessert, now is as good a time as ever. The new variant is available across all major stores in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai at Rs 90 stick.

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Up close and personal with Yami Gautam

18 Feb

low res YaamiThere are some people who radiate positivity, energy and happiness – what we call ‘good vibes’. Yami Gautam is one of those people. And she has reason to be. Not many actors from television make the cut to Bollywood. Her debut film Vicky Donor, directed by Shoojit Sircar was a sleeper hit. Made on a shoe-string budget the film not only vowed both the audiences and critics but also earned her many female debut awards.

But how did a girl born in Himachal Pradesh and raised in Chandigarh land up in Bollywood? A civil servant aspirant Yami was pursuing a law degree when her uncle sent her pictures to a production house. An audition for a television serial landed her in Mumbai and Yami never returned.

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Anushka Manchanda – singing up a storm

28 Jan

low res Anushka Manchanda3Singer, model, daredevil, actor…Anushka Manchanda’s life has taken many turns. But it is music that binds it all for this rock chic.

She became a sensation even before she turned 18. Discovered on one of the first reality shows in India Anushka Manchanda went on to be a part of India’s first girl band VIVA. And though the band split, Anushka moved on to be a VJ, model and even lend her bold and sassy voice to the Hindi film industry. Currently she is making waves for her uninhibited performance in the film Angry Indian Goddesses.

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Girl Power – Taapsee Pannu

3 Jul

Brainy, sexy, feisty and a software engineer, the Baby actress loves mathematics and has even designed ‘Fontswap’ , an iPhone app that’s been downloaded 8 million times! Meet Taapsee Pannu…

_MG_0821aA Sikh girl who is also a software engineer ends up acting in South Indian films…too many contradictions

Well acting in south Indian films happened by chance and I am loving it. As for the software engineer bit being a no brainers is not a prerequisite for being an actor.

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Striking the right chords – Bollywood singers who up the fashion ante

11 Jun
Kanika Kapoor

Kanika Kapoor

Nothing is hotter than a woman who can rock a mic. Meet a new crop of fantastic female singers who embody a combination of raw charisma and talent that is impossible to ignore or deny. These songstresses have got the tunes, the personality and definitely the looks which have earned them a following and a rightful place in music history. Here’s a dekho at three such artistes…

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Namrata Purohit – Keeping Bollywood fit

26 May
Namrata Purohit with  Jacqueline Fernandes

Namrata Purohit with Jacqueline Fernandez

It was a fall from a horse that initiated squash champion Namrata Purohit into Pilates. And the rest is history. Today Namrata is the youngest trained Pilates Instructor in India and her clients include the who’s who of the Hindi film industry and corporate world.

“Pilates work on the deep muscles of your body, helps in toning, promotes stability, flexibility, strength and makes you feel energised,” says Namrata about the benefits of the regime. In an exclusive to fashionablyfoody, Namrata spills the beans on the fitness regime of some of her celebrity clients.

Click here Celebrity Fitness for the rest of the story

Travel trail with chef Ranveer Brar

25 May

Chef Ranveer 2For Chef Ranveer Brar the world is his kitchen. For when the chef travels, his appetite usually dictates the journey. I quizzed Chef Brar for his best culinary rules of thumb when he hits the road. And here’s what he had to say…

Pls click on the link below for my interview with chef Brar for Wedding Vows Magazine.

Chef Ranveer Brar on Food & Travel

Kay Kay Menon picks 5 of his favourite films

7 Apr

kay kay2Raging Bull
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
This Scorsese film had a big impact on me. Though a film on boxing, it went much deeper than that. It’s the story of a sportsman who wanted to achieve great heights. And while he is achieving great things in his professional life, his personal life is completely ruined. The stark contrast of life within and outside the ring makes you sit up and watch. Robert De Niro was amazing in the film. It’s fascinating to watch his transformation from a boxer to an overweight club owner. Watching the film made me realise that certain films are never really about a profession, but about human beings and their trials and tribulations in the backdrop of the profession.

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