BACK­STAGE

Society - - BACKSTAGE -

There was a time when a chef’s pro­fes­sion was looked down upon, just as a hair stylist’s was. They would be con­de­scend­ingly ad­dressed as bawarchi and nai re­spec­tively. Well, with the suc­cess of peo­ple like Vikas Khanna, these mind sets are def­i­nitely chang­ing. And, go­ing by the num­ber of peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in re­al­ity cook­ery shows to­day, it is surely a pos­i­tive change. Hand­some and ge­nial, Vikas Khanna is as much a favourite among food afi­ciona­dos as he is with those look­ing at a ca­reer as chefs. He is an in­spi­ra­tion. A small town boy from a hum­ble be­gin­ning go­ing on to be­com­ing a Miche­lin Star chef and set­ting up shop in Amer­ica, while bat­tling odds—this, as a story, is a com­plete win­ner. Peo­ple re­late to him and his strug­gles and are spurred on to prove them­selves. That he is so good look­ing works as an added ad­van­tage for this tal­ented chef to gar­ner a big­ger fan fol­low­ing. In the cover story, he talks about his culi­nary jour­ney right from the start to the present day with a glimpse into the fu­ture. En­joy and be mo­ti­vated.

While on achiev­ing what you re­ally want, the story of Adi, later known as Aida Banaji, is no less stir­ring. It is all about find­ing your in­nate need and ful­fill­ing it, no mat­ter what the ob­sta­cles. Ab­dul Ghani and APS Shree­thar have made the APJ Ab­dul Kalam memo­rial pos­si­ble with their ef­forts—the per­fect trib­ute to the peo­ple’s Pres­i­dent. Sud­han­shu Saria says love is love, whichever way you spell it or be­tween whomever it hap­pens, and has made the film Loev to prove it. We don’t know if Lady Diana re­ally had a pas­sion­ate af­fair with JFK Jr or not, but the ru­mour mill is work­ing over­time on this one. We give you a de­tailed low­down on this bit of gos­sip. De­signer Ab­hishek Dutta is teach­ing pris­on­ers how to make de­signer clothes and even had a fash­ion show for their cre­ations. A great ini­tia­tive, in­deed! Oh yes, if you are plan­ning your next vacation, keep the pris­tine Palampur in mind. More info about the place in­side.

All this and much more in this is­sue of So­ci­ety. Have a good read! Cheers!

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