ON THE RECORD

A YEAR AFTER VIOLENCE

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Gaurav Kumar & Babu
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Shahid, a Biryani vendor at Batla House toils hard from sunrise to sunset. He is happy with whatever he earns but doesn’t like to talk about what happened a year ago. He still remembers that evening of Ramadan, when his thela got shattered in an anti-police violence triggered at Batla House, Okhla. The incident took an ugly turn when a group of localites from the minority community alleged that a Beat Constable dishonored a copy of the Quran. The local police chowki was set on fire by a mob of 600 to 700 people. To control the situation, heavy police and Para military forces were deployed.

Now after one year, Shahid is not happy with the changes that have taken place since then. “Police is more strict and don’t allow us to setup thelas on the main road. I park my thela inside the market and this has brought down sales”. Shahid is not the only one who is suffering. It is a common problem for hundreds of vendors like him.

On one side, that violent incident has had a bearing on these small vendors. But on the other side, there is section of people who hold both the Police and locals responsible for whatever happened last year. Tehzeeb Aalam, salesman at Makia Book Depot at Okhla says, “The situation has changed now. Earlier we felt isolated and marginalized as far as development is concerned. The frequency of Police patrolling has increased and we feel more secure.”

The clergy is also happy with the change that has taken place. Maulana Mohammad Rafi, Imam of Jama Masjid, Okhla Main Bazaar says, “Traffic conditions have improved a lot as there are no vendors on main roads. Police is also more vigilant and effectively monitors the traffic to ensure smooth flow of vehicles during evening prayer.”

But even now, there are people like Pandit Manmohan Sharma of Lakshmi Narayan mandir at Okhla, who consider this issue too sensitive to talk about. “NO Comments” was the only answer he had in reply to numerous questions asked about the year old incident.

Learning from their past experiences, Police is also extra cautious this time. Mahinder Singh, Additional SHO Law and Order, Jamia Nagar Police Station said “Last year’s occurrence of violence was the result of miscommunication between the Police and public. This year we have sorted out this problem.” Police has organized Resident Welfare Association meetings to discuss measures to avoid such reoccurrence. They have also deployed a company to ensure the safe movement of women and children.

Meanwhile, the residents keep their fingers crossed- nobody wants a repetition of 2007 Ramadan.

Getting a Tattoo?Think Twice

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By

Kapou Malakar

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Indian celeb Sushmita Sen sports a tattoo on her back to portray a funky image. Binti, a 15-year old also gets a tattoo on her ankle to look cool. No matter how much burn or stretching the tattoo bearers suffer on their skin, they don’t seem to mind it. Tattoos, they say, are fashion.

Vasudha, from St. Stephens College got a tattoo on her lower back three days ago. “Getting a tattoo done on the body is painful, but I enjoy that pain”, she says. “I got this tattoo to match my new wardrobe,” she exclaims happily.

Tattoos are hot commodities these days. “Everyday four to five people come to us to get a tattoo done on their body,” says Shakil Ahmed, who works at a tattoo parlor in Sadar Bazaar. Tattoos represent an art form, and can reflect the attitude of its wearers. But they have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Tattooing can prove to be hazardous if due care is not taken.

Tattooing involves needles that move at very fast speed to penetrate the outer layers of the skin. The needles break the skin, and inject dots of ink into the third layer, creating an image of the tattoo design on the skin. But, the biggest concern one should have when getting a tattoo is the place and the equipment used. “If the equipment isn’t cleaned after each time it is used, the risk of getting the dreaded HIV virus is very high”, says Dr Shail Gupta, a dermatologist at Satya clinic in Shakti Nagar. “You can even be exposed to diseases like tuberculosis or hepatitis,” he further adds.

Although tattooing can be dangerous, there are ways to minimize the threats. “We use steam pressure autoclave to disinfect the tattoo guns and needles”, says Lokesh, who works at Devil’s Tattoo at PVR Priya complex. “Bleach and alcohol don’t actually sterilize the equipment. Instead, they are used to clean the equipments”, he says.

There are other safety measures that are recommended by dermatologists. “We even recommend tattoo artists to wear rubber gloves that can be easily disposed off”, says Dr Gupta. “The ointment spreader that is used after making a tattoo should also be disposable”, he further adds.

Cleanliness and sanitation is the only way to prevent any harmful consequences of getting a tattoo. “Before the tattoo artist starts making the tattoo, he should offer each customer a brand new set of fresh needles to let his/her customers choose from them”, Says Dr Yogesh Sehgal, Dermatologist, at a clinic in Mayur Vihar.

In the world of tattoos, your tattoo is as good as the money you pay for it. So, if you are planning to get a tattoo, get it from a good place, instead of trying to save money. Because, fads and style are temporary. After all health comes first.

LOSING WEIGHT THE WRONG WAY

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By
Neha Sethi
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Have you stopped eating or are you on a strict diet to attain that perfect size? Beware. You might be heading towards health loss rather than weight loss. Anorexia, an eating disorder is on the rise in India and you might be the next victim. Neha Sethi talks about anorexia, its symptoms and after effects.
Rekha (name changed), a 16-year old, who weighed 75 kgs was very conscious of being fat. Constant nagging by classmates and not enough care at home drove her to the brink of developing anorexia. “One day Rekha’s mother came to me and said that she was worried because her daughter was eating very less and was also behaving in a peculiar manner,” says Dr Geetu Amarnani, Nutrition expert, Kolmet Hospital, Pusa Road.

Amarnani says that these symptoms indicate the probability of developing anorexia later on. “These days we get many cases like these. Rekha is just an example, but there are many more like her,” she adds. “Anorexia” she says, “is a kind of eating disorder which can later develop into a psychological problem, if attention is not paid and treatment is not given.”

The general conception is that anorexia usually affects adolescents. But trends of increasing number of cases of anorexia have been observed even amongst adults in the West. “Anorexia is a disorder observed in teenagers from 13-18 years of age, and it is mostly girls who are affected. I haven’t come across any adult case till now,” says Dr Vandana Garg, Consultant Physician, Goodwill Hospital, Noida.

“Anorexia is a relatively new disorder in India. Also, it is mostly prevalent amongst the urban middle or urban rich class,” says Dr Atul Sardana, Consultant Surgeon at Kolmet Hospital. He holds the media responsible for the increasing number of cases of anorexia in the country. “All girls want an hour-glass figure these days. They all want to be as thin as models and actresses.”

The same sentiment is echoed by Rekha’s mother, who didn’t want to be named. “When I came to know that Rekha has started eating very less, I went to her room to talk to her. And imagine my shock, when all around her room walls all I see is newly pinned posters of toothpick thin models and actresses. They were her inspiration.”

Dr Amarnani says anorexia can also be attributed to changing lifestyle trends in India. “Due to busy schedules, most women don’t have time to keep a check on what their children are eating. This means the children get more influenced by television and their friends.”

Anorexia can prove to be very dangerous if not diagnosed and treated early, says Dr.Amarnani. “It is during adolescence that the body builds stocks of vitamins, calcium and iron. If a person does not eat properly during that age, then it becomes very difficult to replenish those sources later in life,” she adds.

Shruti Yadav, 22, a law student at Delhi University, New Delhi, who lost 20 kgs when she was 18 says, “I lost weight only because I was regular with my exercise routine. I never skipped meals and nor did I overdo exercise. It is not necessary to diet or starve to lose weight. I lost 20 kgs without doing any of that.”

Weight loss should not become an obsession. As Dr.Amarnani says, “Family has a very important role to play. They should educate their children about the right and wrong ways to lose weight and keep a check on them.”



Common symptoms of Anorexia:

· Fatigued and tired look
· Thin appearance
· Frequent dizziness
· Low blood counts
· Some irregularities in menstrual cycles
· Uninterested in activities happening around
· Making excuses to avoid eating food
· Withdrawal or seclusion
· In extreme cases, chest pain


Anorexia may lead to:

· Malnutrition
· Deficiency of vitamins and iron in the body which leads to anemia
· Dark circles under the eye
· Lack of calcium leading to muscle wasting or bone thinning
· Stress
· Depression
· Body cannot cope up with deficiencies
· Miscarriage during pregnancy

Photography Prophesized

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By
Moonis Ahmad

Prophecy raises several questions and generates great interest amongst its believers. But when it is combined with photography, it evokes even greater curiosity.

The packed affair at the lecture on ‘photography and prophecy’ by Professor Christopher Pinney, an anthropologist and an art historian from London School of Economics, was an indication to go by. The media resource centre of AJK MCRC organized the talk on September 3.

The occasion also saw debates on various traditions in photography. From colonial to post-colonial trends, the shift in practices of photography from an instrument of measurement to current visual popular culture backed by technology.

“Whatever that is recorded by facts must have also been captured. This gives primacy to photography as a discipline,” Prof Christopher Pinney argued. “The period prior to 1830s saw the dominance of painting as an art form to depict the surroundings, rather an era where only gods and kings had faces. With the coming of portraiture in photography this barrier was transcended.”

Reading excerpts from his book ‘Photography’s other histories’ attention was drawn to Alkazi collection of pictures and how there was a coincidence between photography and telegraphy. The colonial photographic archives were based on representing heroism and other ‘British Raj’ achievements, he said.

With the coming of portraiture in photography, it became performative in nature bordering on moral instruction. The significance of colonial photography was mainly in the creation of metropolitan self identity, the professor writes in his book, Camera Indica.

The power point presentation of the photos of colonial period depicted the culture and historical consciousness of the era. The picture of Humayun tomb in Delhi after the revolt of 1857 drew debates and responses from the participants. Ms Sabina Gadihoke, faculty of Video and TV, MCRC, shared her understanding about the colonial photography and zenana (women) photographers.

The whole lecture tried to break the popular myth that photographic history is best seen as the explosion of western technology.

Sunil Gupta, an independent photographer, drew a parallel between colonial photography and the present practice of embedded photojournalists. “The trend followed by American administration in the Middle East and Afghanistan needs to be looked at closely and is similar to colonial traditions of photography.”

The questions raised at the end of the lecture were limited because of time crunch. Some students found the academic nature of the lecture difficult to follow. However, the participants agreed that it did open a new perspective towards photography as a discipline.



In March last year, Gitanjali Group announced plans to enter the luxury retail market with Luxury Connexions and Luxury Malls. The company promised to offer a one-stop-shop for worldclass fashion, jewellery and wedding products. Much has happened since then. The global economic scenario as well as that in the country has changed. What is also undergoing change is the realty market. Kunal Majumder speaks to Mehul Choksi, chairman and MD, Gitanjali Group on their mall plan.

Q: Why did Gitanjali decide on entering the luxury retailing segment?

A: India has been an emerging economy growing at a satisfactory level. Hence the luxury industry is also growing. We thought of taking advantage of this and entered the market to gain a sizable share.

Q: By when can we expect the first luxury mall from Gitanjali Group?

A: The firstly mall comes up at Hyderabad which would start during early Jan 2009 with a carpet size of 1,25,000 sq ft. We would have a majority of jewellery brands across the country under one roof and also it would supplement the leather accessories and handicraft products. This would give ample opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their product range. Our second mall at Kolkata, which is again a luxury mall, is expected to be up next year. The carpet area of the mall would be about 1,50,000 sq ft.

Q: What is the investment like?

A: The investment will approximately be Rs 250 crore.

Q: How many brands will the malls house? Would you also retail other luxury products in the fashion and lifestyle segment apart from jewellery?

A: Our mall will be home to all the luxury brands possible. About 100 and above brands or more. Apart from all the brands under Gitanjali, the mall will offer a mix of both domestic and international brands. At present we have tied up with Morellato Watches, Mariell Burhani, Rosata, Facco, Roberto Cavalli, Calgaro Jewellery and many more.

Q: What are the design themes of the malls? Who are the architects of the malls?

A: Both the malls are based on different themes. The Hyderabad mall is contemporary Indo-Islamic, while mall in Kolkata mall has a Colonial-Venetian Renaissance style. As for the architecture companies, for Hyderabad it is Arnoldlim from Malaysia and for Kolkata is it Pace Consultant.

Q: The look and visual feel of most of the Indian malls is inspired from international malls. Do you think it works for the Indian shoppers? How important is it to be innovative and fresh, to appeal to them?

A: Yes it works sometimes…but even for our malls we have adopted certain innovations.

Q: Most of the luxury brands in the country complain that lack of retail space and
high rentals hinder the prospects of growth and development. What is your take on this?

A: It is true to a certain extent, but India is a country which is evolving in terms of retail and it would take some time for the industry to mature.

Q: As a mall developer, how do you see the progress of luxury retail in India? What are the obstacles in terms of FDI and government support?

A: Frankly, it is very early to comment on this issue. The Indian government has been supportive to a large extent

Q: How much do you think has the Indian consumer matured to the concept of luxury?

A: The consumer is already aware of various luxury brands and the industry is growing in our country as we generally tend to follow the West in fashion and luxury.

Q: Do you agree with the opinion that in the near future, the number of malls in the country would exceed the demand? What should mall developers do to improve the situation?

A: Keep up the innovation and drive the footfall by attractive promotion is the only way to be ahead in the competition.

Q: Which other cities would you launch your malls? What are the factors for selecting these cities? By when can we expect these malls to come up?

A: At the moment we are not thinking of any other mall but in the future we can target some cities like Pune, Surat and many more.

Q: In the face of the ongoing economic slump in the country, how has it affected your business? Have your deadlines been postponed?

A: Yes to some extent

Q: Retail rents are misappropriate to income that retailers/brand generate. Kindly give your comments. Pls suggest five steps on how brands/retailers/developers can work together to counter the escalating rentals.

A:
1. To have anchor stores at all levels of the mall
2. To ensure the spread of brand is in a systematic manner
3. To have the proper positioning of brands in the malls
4. To ensure footfalls in the mall and
5. To have periodic reviews with all tenants, and after getting the feedback decide on short and long term business strategies.

Q: If, as a developer, the assured minimum footfall goes down, would you support the brand/retailer?

A: Our basic interest is to ensure required footfall and we can always suggest steps to increase the footfall with our retailer.

Q: How do you see the business evolving in the next couple of months and by 2010-2011?

A: It is a testing time for all of us here in the next two years. But we certainly expect some positive moves by the government to support the economy.

Election Mania

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By
Dipu Shaw and Gargi Nim
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Mehendi, chocolates and bananas…these were the newest ploys to woo voters in this year’s Delhi University Student Union elections that took place yesterday.

The Supreme Court may have ordered to implement the Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations for the conduct of student unions, but the Delhi University Student Union elections this year saw flouting of rules and ethics.

The Lyngdoh Commission, which has framed guidelines for the conduct of student union elections in its recommendations, had mentioned that political parties must not play any role in student union elections and had set the maximum expenditure of each candidate for the elections to Rs 5000. However, for the cub politicians of Delhi University, rules are meant to be broken.

The student election of one of the premier universities of the country is always a watch out zone for the mainstream political parties of the country. This year, the major student parties employed some interesting tactics in their election campaigns. The National Students Union of India, the student wing of Congress called mehendi walas in Shyam Lal College to decorate the palms of the prospective voters. They distributed chocolates and bananas to woo their voters besides taking the students for a movie at the Cross River Mall in Karkardooma in East Delhi.

“We spent Rs 30,000 in booking the tickets in the hall. About 350 to 400 students turned up for the movie Bachna Ae Hasino in the hall”, said Uttam Kumar, a second year student of B Sc Physical Science in Shyam Lal College who was also campaigning for NSUI in the elections.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Bharatiya Janta Party took the students on a spree to the Fun ‘N’ Food Village in Gurgaon and organized DJ parties at different locations outside various colleges of the University.

However, some college authorities made sure that the Supreme Court ruling about student elections is strictly adhered to. Dr. A.P. Raste, principal of Deshbandhu College in South Campus made prior arrangements to see that guidelines are followed, at least by candidates from his college. He gave a strict warning to the candidates against DJ parties and extra expenditure in the elections

“We had to be contained with hand made pamphlets and posters. That too, they could not be stuck everywhere in the college. One wall was allotted for the sticking of posters and we had to be satisfied with it”, said Amit Patel, General Secretary, NSUI, of Mehrauli district. He and his fellow candidates feared that their nomination would be cancelled and had no option.

Even the campaigners for DUSU elections had a tough time in Shyam Lal College, otherwise known for fistfights and flouting rules. Only 10 students with their Identity Cards were allowed inside the college for campaigning with the DUSU candidate.

If principals of other colleges too adopt Deshbandhu College’s example, student elections of one of India’s premier universities can be much smoother.

Prayers, feasts and dates-yes it is Ramadan

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A Radio story by Aqsa Anjum
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Namaz before the dawn, fasting through the day and feasting in the evening- this is the holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims around the world observe Roza (Fast). Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and it is the month in which Quran, the holy book of Muslims was revealed. The enthusiasm for roza is seen in all the age groups during this month. Sehri is taken before the sunrise and Iftaar is done after the sunset. But Ramadan is more than feasting; it is also about self control and patience. Aqsa Anjum finds out more on Sehri, Iftaar and the Holy month of Ramadan...

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No cars on the road !

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By Sumiran Preet Kaur
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54 year old Davinder Singh from Mumbai finally purchased a car from his provident fund. He thinks his new car will save his time and energy . But having a vehicle of your own is no respite from the snarling traffic in metropolitan cities of India. Reason -traffic jam and may be the number plate of the car. Surprised? Read on.
A new PIL for regulation of traffic
Recently a NGO called Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG) has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Bombay High Court pressing for the implementation of the Traffic Restraint Scheme (TRS) in Mumbai. It was a scheme proposed by a committee headed by former transport commissioner VM Lal. The committee had come up with 100 ways to reduce Mumbai’s vehicular pollution, one of which was the TRS. Under this scheme, applicable during peak hours, vehicles with number plates ending with numbers 1 and 2 would be barred entry into Mumbai on Mondays, number plates ending with numbers 3 and 4 will be restricted entry on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays and 9 and 0 on Fridays. Government and police vehicles, ambulances and emergency vehicles would be exempted from the ban. The state government of Mumbai opposes the scheme. The implementation matter is in the court.
According to the NGO such schemes are needed to control traffic and protect environment. Such measures will provoke people to use the public transport. The number plate idea is not new and was introduced most recently in Beijing. The system also exists in Athens and Rome. Neeraj Doshi , an environmentalist with Rianta Capital says that it is high time the authorities took traffic and environmental problems seriously. “We need to protect the environment of these cities. People will respond only when forced by the authorities. It will help in cutting down the emissions. Cities like Delhi and Mumbai are among the most polluted cities.”
Need of the hour?
Delhi is the fourth most polluted city in the world. A Business Standard study points out that the city's population has grown by more than 50 per cent during the last 10 years. The average length of roads of Delhi is per100 sq km (1,922 km) -still way above the national average. But the pressure is too much to handle. A report by the Environment Protection Control Authority says the every day 963 new vehicles arrive on Delhi's roads, of which 308 are diesel-run.
So any plans to implement TRS scheme in Delhi? According to Additional Commissioner of Police of Delhi Muktesh Chandra, such policies can only be initiated by the government. “The traffic problem in the city is growing by the day. We will need such stringent measures anytime now. But we are not the policy makers. Our duty is to catch the defaulters.”
Traffic jams, less parking spaces, damaged roads …all these are path blocks to Delhi’s dream of becoming a world class city. So where does the problem lie? For Chandra, it’s a multifaceted issue. “Role of civic agencies, master plan without a distant vision, immigration and population growth are the various reasons for the mess. With increasing incomes and affordable cars like Nano, people would want to buy more than one car. So the authorities need to gear up.” If the authorities implement TRS, will all problems get solved? As per Doshi, any plan requires good research work to make it successful. “ TRS can be successful provided it is backed by an efficient public transport system. The government should also provide the alternatives. Crowded buses and trains are not the answer.”
For Davinder Singh of Mumbai what will be the use of buying the car if one cannot use it when needed ? “My age does not allow me to make use of the public transport. My health and need for money are important than thinking about the environment.”
So ultimately with whom does the onus of controlling the traffic and addressing the environmental concerns lie? The government or the people?

Foreign fuchchas

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Foreign fuchchas-A Radio story by Akanksha Kukreti
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Irani, French, Nepalese, Afghani ….you can find students from all these nationalities in Jamia Millia Islamia. Every year many foreign students take admission in the University. According to the information provided by the official website of the university, www.jmi.nic, 196 foreign students took admission for the academic year 2007-2008. Coming from the different cultures, these students sometimes find it difficult to adjust in Delhi. So what do they think about the Delhiites and the famous food of Delhi. Akanksha Kukreti finds out.



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Delhi Book Fair

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A Radio story by Rama Shanker Pandey

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Style Check with Sameera Reddy

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Sameera Reddy is considered one of the most stylish actors in the Hindi film industry. Though she has acted in almost 18 films in various Indian languages, people still recognise her due to her role as Sam opposite Anil Kapoor in Musafir. In an informal chit-chat with Kunal Majumder, Sameera reveals her style secrets.

On her Style Statement
Well, actually I am quite a moody dresser. I usually don’t follow what is in trend. Trends come and go, but you have to really know what suites you best!
A few days back, balloon dresses had come in. I remember how many people wanted to put me into it, same for my Bollywood movies. But if a dress does not suit me, I don’t wear it. You can’t force me. So I think my style is about really being comfortable in what I wear. Some thing which I don’t like, I would never wear it in my life.
On Indo-Western styles
One must know what to wear, when to wear and where to wear! But I prefer keeping the Indian and the western stuff separate. When you try to merge it, one sometimes gets confused. What happens is that people think that fusion brings in a lot of variety but you may sometimes miss out on the quality.
At a cocktail party
Cocktail party? I don’t know! I guess I’ll never go in torn jeans! Some times you know people think that Bollywood stars can wear whatever they want and it has to be accepted… (and they become style statements).
I don’t believe in it. I think a cocktail party is very special and classy and if you wear torn jeans… and sunglasses…Oh My God! I cannot understand how people wear sunglasses at night. You cannot look like an idiot!
Real You
I think in general the whole thing is a huge misconception that you have to live your image. The truth is that I am an introvert and a very quiet kind of a person! It is quite surprising that just because I did a Musafir the whole world thinks that I am a mad chick! I love spending time with my family, rather than going out and partying.
Food mantra
I hate cooking. If somebody can cook for me it would be great! I only make salads and stuff like that because I am a health freak. So what I cook for myself I can manage…but cooking Biriyani and all; that is not for me!
It is during the shoots one has to take really good care, because we realise that we are all spoilt with food! Whatever we ask ends up coming to the sets. So you have to be really careful. While shooting I eat a lot of salads, juices and fruits. I think eating light is better. I don’t know how people can eat big fat meals!
Controlling the Carving
Oh! Yes. Today in the morning when I woke up, I had a craving. I immediately called someone and asked for fruits. I always carry Khajoors, dry fruits and figs. Every time you take refined sugar in your body, your craving would increase. Your duty is not to touch refined sugar- chocolates and ice creams. Go for natural sugar like fruits and dry fruits
Fitness freak
For us, the people in the industry, fitness is everything! If you are fit you look better. A fit body makes you feel confident. Sometimes you wear clothes and you feel ‘Oh My God! it is not fitting me’. It’s because you are not feeling good about your shape. Fitness is all about feeling comfortable about your body. It is sometimes funny when people want to try size zero clothes, but they don’t have the body to carry it. I am a tall girl so I must choose my clothes according to the frame of my body. So fitness for me is a sense of endurance, a sense of how much you want out of your own body.
For healthy body
I do Yoga religiously and I also swim. When you are upset, yoga makes you feel very calm! Trust me it really works. (My routine includes) everything from yoga to gyming to kick boxing. Guys are scared of me you know! (giggles). I just keep aiming that I give my body proper exercise and rest everyday. It is very important for us to keep ourselves healthy because a lot depends on our health.
The thing called faith
It is very important for me at least ! It gives me confidence. I believe in a Universal energy. Doesn’t matter if you call him Allah, Ganesh, Buddha or Jesus. Though I am a Hindu, I am not a fanatic. I always believe that human beings should reach out to a Universal Energy for help all the time. And I believe religion is a kind of source that makes you believe that this kind of energy really exists. So I am spiritual but not fanatical about religion in particular.
For the peace of soul
I love sleeping, that helps me to get out of my frustrations. I love music. I relax with i-pod plugged into my ears. I cut myself off from the world. I am a kind of person who can switch off very easily. So if I am angry or upset, it does not matter I can handle it. No problem.
Time at home
As of now I have nothing called “Free time”. But I like spending time with my parents. The more I go out into the world, the more I realize that I need a family. So any free time I get , I like to spend it with them! Even if it means watching Saans bhi Kabhi Bahu thi with them! I just make sure that I give them quality time.
Hidden traits
I sleep walk, I talk in my sleep, I knit and I knit pretty well…
Style and fashion minister of India decrees…
I think we already have a style and fashion minister. He is Lalu Prasad Yadav. I think his hair style is really cool! He is really a trend setter!
On a serious note, I dislike the hypocrisy in this country when it comes to fashion. There is on one hand this “moral policing” about what the people should wear and then there are these music videos with half naked girls. What I would want is an overall concern about what people actually want. One should know how to handle the society. I don’t want an extreme cover up that is not good; neither do I support vulgar dances of girls wearing nothing on TV. I would want to maintain a sense of balance and understand what people can handle and what they can’t. I would give people the freedom to dress the way they want, and also keep in mind the values of the country.
Wardrobe you envy
Jennifer Lopez! Every time I see her, she is in her most amazing clothes and style.
Actor’s aspiration
As I said Jennifer Lopez is the best example. She inspires me as a dancer, as an actor. In terms of adaa , I really admire this Italian actor Monica Beluchchi. She is a mixture of Marlon Brando, Jackie Kennedy…she has got class, elegance as well as style. That is something I really admire.
Five makeup must haves for future Sameera Reddys
A mascara, a lovely gloss of fresh colour, light powder, a perfume and a brush.