Stories in Living and She in Deccan Herald

Interview with Badminton Player Poorvisha Ram

“People will always bog you down and label you but you must never cower down.” These are words of advice from a young 22 year old. And no, this is not any ordinary girl but India’s number 2 and world’s no 35 women’s doubles Badminton player and Bangalorean Poorvisha S. Ram. Partnership Matters Completing her schooling from Sishu Graha, Poorvisha pursued swimming and badminton with equal gusto as a child but later had to choose one. Having has been on

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Interview with Asia’s first woman coffee expert Sunalini Menon

“Check the juicy notes – you can taste citrus, orange, lemon, green apple, flecks of caramel – the taste has complex undertones and the beautiful aspect is that it is so juicy and sweet.” I am in Coorg at the Tata Plantation amidst verdant greenery and sitting in a formal coffee appreciation session listening in rapt attention to Asia’s first woman coffee expert Sunalini Menon. And the coffee she is describing is no ordinary one. This is a microlot of

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Interview with Caroline Boudreaux, Miracle Foundation

“Eight million children live in institutions. Every one of them deserves a family. Let’s create miracles for them.” That sums up the core philosophy of the Miracle Foundation, a non-profit that is here to help people make a difference in the lives of orphaned children. Trip Down Memory Lane Founded on Mother’s Day in 2000, the Miracle Foundation was established by Caroline Boudreaux. Based in the US and Delhi, the Miracle Foundation empowers orphans to reach their full potential. Caroline

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Interview with Yoga sensation Natasha Noel

“To just give hope. Hope that you are not alone, that whatever situation you are in, however horrible, you will come out if it. A better version of you. And if you allow time to heal you, you will understand that everything happens for a reason and that you survived and then you start living again.” These lines would exactly summarise 23 year old Natasha Noel’s life. A life that has seen her battle a troubled childhood, sexual abuse and

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Odiya Cuisine – A Scrumptious Affair

The plate on my table looked enticing – well that’s the word that came into my mind almost instantly when I saw the thaali laid in front of me. It was the first time I was trying out Odia food and I had a plate full of veggies, rice, kanika, a sweet rice dish, puri, dal, curd based dishes and desserts. The best part is that eggplant is used quite extensively and being my favourite, I took an instant liking

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Fashion Forecast 2017

Image: Bubber Couture It is that time of the year when all things new are trending. Well, after all it is the start of the New Year. And it is again time to look at what are some fashion dictates that will rule the year so that you can look haute and never make a faux pas! Now Trending                                     2017 will be a year with a sudden explosion of feminine elements, floral prints, dramatic exaggerated lengths and a play of volume.

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Interview with Harshita Gautam of Nomad

The fact that clothes are an expression of who you are is something that can hardly be disputed. And in India, especially clothes have connotations of celebration and colour as well. This is a story of Harshita Gautam founder and owner of Nomad, an e-store and unique fashion brand that gets the beautiful gypsy Ghaghara to the centre stage. A Journey with No-Beginnings And No-Ends Harshita admits that she never knew she had an entrepreneurial spirit in her. “In school

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Baggit Founder Nina Lekhi

Women entrepreneurs may be a commonplace occurrence in today’s digital world. However this is a story that goes back to 1985 – a time when entrepreneurship among women especially was rare. As I catch up with Nina Lekhi, MD & Chief Design Curator, Baggit, I understand how hard she has worked to not just sustain but take her business to newer heights all while balancing her personal and professional life to perfection. Rewind Nina admits that she was very mischievous

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Interview with celebrity Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi

The Dancing Chef If you watch Food TV, you would have heard the jingle “Namak Shamak Namak Shamak Dal Dete Hain” on the show Turban Tadka. And it is really hard to miss the effervescent Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi who is also the brand ambassador of Genuine Broaster Chicken. Having started in 1987 with The Oberoi in Bhubaneshwar he has worked with several leading hotel groups in India and abroad learning different cuisines. He has learnt Hyderabadi cooking from Ustad

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Interview with former tennis player, Shikha Uberoi

A Good Sport She was the first Indian woman to qualify and reach the second round of the US Open in 2004. She was one among the top 10 fastest server’s in the world. She is one of India¹s top 10 most glamorous athletes. And today she is the Co-Founder of Meet former top 100 WTA Tour tennis player, Asian Games Silver Medallist (Doha ’06), India number 1, Fed Cup India leader (#1 and 2 in India), Zee Astitva

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