Keeping it uncomplicated and fuss-free
I try and keep things simple but am disciplined with whatever little I do. I eat 2 or 3 fruits every day. I drink tons of water and never sleep with makeup. Actually, if I can avoid it altogether, I’d rather not wear makeup. Also I never leave home without some Olay with SPF 15 on my face. I walk during winter months and gym during summer. I try and get in at least 5 days of a workout done. Sometimes its Yoga or a dance class. I am strict but not crazy. I can’t resist fresh cream*, *so if there’s some around, I will eat it! But I like discipline, it is early training, being a school principal’s daughter.
Childhood beauty secrets
As a kid, my mum used to bathe me with fresh cream. My naani used to use Olay. I never leave home without moisturiser. My mum and dad, both follow very frugal diets, nothing heavy, especially at night. I try and follow this. In fact, I’ve a severe aversion to fried food. I love salads and fresh soups. I like vanilla, so I light vanilla candles around home. It keeps the atmosphere pleasant and affects how one feels.
I have naturally thick wavy hair but I feel very sorry for my hair because it goes through such extreme torture during shoots. The constant heating and products make it very dry. So I take very good care of it. I apply oil or a deep conditioner often and use the best shampoo I can lay my hands on. And I never sleep with dirty hair.
A foodie to the core
I am a Punjabi and it’s in my genes to love food. I love Thai food, there’s nothing like a trip to Thailand for a gastronomic delight. When travelling West, I crave Indian food. I’ve dragged my husband to a small hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant in Scotland, just so I could eat some dal. It was strictly ok as far as dals go, but I just had to eat Indian food then! I also have to have my weekly fix of gol gappe or pani puri. In Delhi, I love Indian Accent at Friends Colony; Chef Manish is just such an artist. In New York, my favourite restaurant is Rosa Mexicana in SoHo.
On being a practicing Buddhist
There’s no concept of becoming happy alone. If there’s anything I can do to be of help to someone,that gives me deep joy. I don’t really think so much about the physical aspect of my looks so much anymore. Its a karmic blessing and that’s that. But I do work very hard on my nature, my character, my attitude/ I chant at least an hour a day. It helps me introspect and see how I can better myself a s human and not make excuses for my own weaknesses. I don’t get stuck at a point, I keep growing. That, I think reflects well in my overall personality.
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