Q. You are a glorious global sensation earning the unique tag of a spiritual urban yogi devotional singer, share with us your fairytale storybook?
That’s very kind! Who comes up with all these tags? That’s all they are, tags, and as a soul, my story continues to unfold in unexpected ways. Some fantastical and some thought-provoking. Being spiritual is a constant quest, and whilst I am very grateful to be able to have learnt Vedanta and studied Philosophy so I can offer some insight, we are all students in life and those who preach probably need to learn the most. My life is anything but a fairytale — as a teenager, I had this fixed notion of how I expected my life to turn out and certain milestones I would effortlessly reach. My life hasn’t panned out like that, to some people I have achieved a lot but I feel behind in so many ways. My fairytale is to live in grace and accept this moment for what it is. Each turn in our life represents an opportunity for us to evolve. The good and bad experiences are chapters, and the fairytale resides in our ability to find our contentment in the chaos.
Q. You emphasise Spirituality 2.0, a guide for modern-day practices for millennials like yourself. Tell us more about it?
Spirituality 2.0 is about simplifying spiritual practices and creating achievable targets in your daily life. Controlling your social media usage, spending five minutes calling an elderly family member and showing you care, writing in a gratitude book, taking time out for meditation and most importantly being careful whom you associate with. Now, through social media, you can become ‘friends’ with almost anyone but make sure you have positive influences in your life and focus inward. Remember in Shakespeare’s play, Iago brought the downfall of a great leader like Othello. In the ‘Mahabharat’, Karna’s association with Duryodhana cost him his life. Keep your circle small, we do not need to be popular, we need to earn respect. There is a lot of distraction outside of us, quickly weed out anything that doesn’t serve a higher purpose.
Q. You’re a stunning spiritual yogi who has managed to shine and be supremely impactful in a male-dominated world. What are your views on this?
I have nothing to do with being stunning. I come from very attractive parents, 100% of people who know me would argue my mother is far more beautiful and my dad is a blue-eyed Indian so that says it all. I am mediocre in comparison. You have to shine from within, and if you are a woman, you make sure you fight the good fight for your place on the world stage. Why are spiritual/religious preachers predominantly male? I don’t get it, and when I don’t get something, I go after it and change it.
Q. You follow and look up to all the classic admired masters and gurus, Morani Bapu, Sister Shivani of Brahma Kumaris, Swami Ji Chidanand Saraswati of Parmath Niketan Ashram. How have their teachings benefited you in your varied career choices, as we add in a motivational speaker and a talented writer?
It’s really simple, Morari Bapu teaches you ‘satya, prem and karuna’, truth, love and compassion. I try to imprint those three words in my mind and live by them. He is a fantastic orator and uses humour and storytelling to engage his audience. Sister Shivani teaches you the power of positive thoughts and taking ownership of your own feelings and emotions. Her style of teaching is very logical which is what I love. Swami Ji of Parmarth Niketan teaches you to talk less and do more, just look at his clean up Ganga initiative. Preaching, motivating, writing, is not enough — you need to back them up in action. With all these spiritual/religious influences, I gravitated to devotional music and the rest was a natural transition.
Q. What advice can you give future thought leaders and visionary’s with dreams and stars in their eyes yet battling with the Covid world we reside in?
Covid-19 pandemic won’t be forever, use this time to work on yourself. I spent seven months living alone and I created a tightly disciplined day for myself that enriched my body, mind and intellect. Don’t wallow in self-pity because it’ll waste your time, which is so very precious. Every time you feel you ‘cant’ do something, think what you ‘can’ do and run with it, you never know what will manifest. I would also add you can’t plan to be a thought leader. Just be authentic, fearless and true to yourself and others. That authenticity makes you extremely unique and attractive to the world, this will open doors without you having to even push. Also, give up caring what people think — if you live your life by the standards of others, you will never reshape the world. Be bold enough to trust yourself. Lastly, continuously educate yourself. That doesn’t mean just reading about successful leaders but observing everyday life. I love watching my peonies bloom, I smile as they slowly unfurl a little more every day, no rush, no fuss but perfectly timed with their internal rhythm. There is perspective in everything.
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EMRAAN HASHMI’S HORROR FILM ‘DYBBUK’S’ TEASER OUT
MUMBAI: Makers of the horror-thriller ‘Dybbuk – The Curse Is Real’, which stars Emraan Hashmi and Nikita Dutta, have launched an intriguing teaser of the upcoming film. Written and directed by Jay K, the Amazon Original film is the official remake of the Malayalam film ‘Ezra’.
Emraan shared the mysterious teaser on Instagram and wrote, “A mysterious box, an ancient key. If you open this #Dybbuk do you know what will be set free?” It will premiere on 29 October.
SHILPA FLAUNTS HER UNDERCUT BUZZ HAIRCUT
MUMBAI: Shilpa Shetty is the queen of fashion and style and continues to prove so with her trendy new haircut.
Taking to her Instagram handle on Monday, Shilpa posted a workout video which she began by tying her hair in a ponytail, flaunting her new undercut buzz haircut. Another element of the diva’s sporty avatar that caught the viewers’ attention was her workout wear featuring the word ‘PINK’ in bold, capital letters.
“You can’t live each day without taking risks and without getting out of your comfort zone: be it going for an Undercut buzz cut (which took a lot of gumption, won’t lie) or performing my new aerobic workout: the ‘Tribal Squats’,” she penned the caption.
Fans and members of the film industry flooded the post with likes and comments. “Love it! There is more power to U, when u do things that are uncomfortable n beat stereotypes,” choreographer Terence Lewis commented.
Meanwhile, on the work front, after judging ‘Super Dancer 4’, Shilpa is all set to join ‘India’s Got Talent’ as a judge, along with popular musician-rapper Badshah. The reality show will air on Sony TV this year.
AMITABH RELIVES COLLEGE DAYS WHILE ‘BALLROOM DANCING’ WITH KRITI
MUMBAI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was reminded of his college dance as he grooved with Kriti Sanon on the sets of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 13’.
The latest picture from Amitabh Bachchan has made viewers go on their toes to watch the upcoming ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 13’ Shaandaar Shukarvaar episode where the legend will groove with Kriti as she joins the show for the promotion of her upcoming film. Taking to his Instagram handle, Big B shared an image of Kriti and himself performing ‘ballroom dancing’.
Kriti looked a vision to behold in a red coloured floor-length dress with her hair tied in a sleek ponytail. She completed her look with subtle makeup and silver earrings. Kriti was all smiles as she shook a leg with the megastar, who looked dapper as always in a black suit, his iconic bowtie, and his uber-cool shoes.
Sharing the picture, he wrote, “… ballroom dancing with the beautiful lady in red – Kriti Sanon !! … aah.. brought back those College and Calcutta days.”
ARJUN TAKES TIME OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
MUMBAI: Arjun Kapoor has decided to opt for a digital detox for some time. On Monday, Arjun took to Instagram Story and posted a note that read, “Time to disappear.” His post hinted at a break from social media.
Also, as per a trade source, Arjun wants to give his full attention to ‘Ek Villain Returns’ shoot. “He is currently shooting some very important scenes for Ek Villain 2 and he wants to completely surrender to the process. He will be vanishing from social media for the next 4-5 days till he doesn’t finish this important shooting sequence,” the source added.
Directed by Mohit Suri, ‘Ek Villain Returns’ is the sequel of ‘Ek Villain’, which featured Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles. The upcoming project also stars John Abraham, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria.
PRIYANKA SHARES GLIMPSE OF HER SCUBA DIVING SESSION
MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas had a great weekend amidst the marine life as she went scuba diving into the azure blue waters of Spain. She posted a string of images and videos from her scuba diving session on Instagram. “There are days when the stress just needs to be silenced! What better way to do that than to explore the glorious underwater creations of God. I was very honoured that the camera crew from Citadel let me crash their party! Big shoutout to the @alisubbuceo team. Penelope, Victor, Alejandro and everyone else, thank you for such a magical experience. I really needed it!! Thank you @tsigel for taking us out! So fun hanging with Sam, Paul, Josh ,Tobias, Andy, Christina and Victor.Sunday well done! PS: @franklinjonas so happy you’re here,” Priyanka captioned the post.
She also posted a few more pictures and videos on her Instagram stories. In one of the images, Priyanka can be seen laughing wholeheartedly. “A much needed day in the ocean,” she wrote.
KARTIK’S ‘DHAMAKA’ TO BE OUT ON NETFLIX ON 19 NOV
MUMBAI: Kartik Aaryan is all set to create dhamaka with his upcoming film ‘Dhamaka’, which is scheduled to release on 19 November this year.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, ‘Dhamaka’ will stream on Netflix. Also, the first official trailer of the film will be out on Tuesday. As per a statement, ‘Dhamaka’ follows the story of an ambitious ex-news anchor Arjun Pathak, played by Kartik, who is given another chance to go live on prime-time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Little does he know that this call will change his life and throw him into a fast-paced game of betrayal.
Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar, and Vishwajeet Pradhan are also a part of the upcoming movie. Mrunal Thakur has a special appearance in the film.
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