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Twinkle Khanna

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Chandni Chowk to China via Kashmir

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Twinkle Khanna 11 am I am trying to find the rakhis I bought yesterday when my best friend calls. ‘Ni hao,’ I say brightly and her reply is a perplexed, ‘What?’ ‘Ni hao is hello in Mandarin.’ I explain. She retorts, ‘In case you forgot, I don’t speak the langu... More »

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Going bananas in banana republic

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Twinkle Khanna 8 am: My sojourn to the lands of our colonial masters has ended and on my first day back, I open the papers to find pictures of Rahul Bose and bananas everywhere I look. At first, I wonder if Bose has been appointed the brand ambassador of Banan... More »

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Hijack, heartbreak, & the mile-cry club

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Twinkle Khanna The flight time is 2 hours 15 minutes and I am seated beside a bespectacled man and two mosquitoes who have found a faster way to fly to their holiday destination. The gentleman, with multiple rings on his fingers perhaps corresponding to cosmic... More »

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The perks of being a geriatric starlet

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Twinkle Khanna ‘I want to try your hairband!’ The band in question was black and orange with large embroidered flowers. A bit too millennial for a 40-something like me, but the person asking for it was even older — my 78-year-old grandmother. Nani has always d... More »

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Fasten your seatbelts for Bharat 2.0

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Twinkle Khanna This Thursday, there were two defining moments at the periphery of the real action that captured my attention. The first was when a greatly excited Arnab Goswami shouted out Sunny Leone’s name instead of Sunny Deol’s while declaring a lead of 7,... More »

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A rocky start to Mother’s Day

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Twinkle Khanna In the midst of a meandering trek across a hill in the Western Ghats, an ebullient wildlife conservationist points out a barely discernible hornbill bird on a branch overhead. ‘You know, the hornbill female cements herself in the nest just like ... More »

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The pictures that are worth a thousand words

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Twinkle Khanna It was sometime during the Upper Paleolithic age that one of our ancestors woke up on a dull morning, looked at a dreary cave wall and decided, ‘Dude, we sure need to jazz this up.’ After perhaps debating over what would work in terms of design ... More »

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Welcome to the orange tee party

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Twinkle Khanna 10 am There is a young woman sitting across the table. She is an accountant and here for a job interview. I look at her resume and three things stand out immediately. 1. She says that she doesn’t want to work for long hours. Perhaps not the brig... More »

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It’s good to have josh but know when to keep khamosh

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Twinkle Khanna 8am Mother calls me in a tizzy to say, ‘My TV has conked off and the repair fellow wants 20,000 bucks for some parts. Ridiculous! I have half a mind to just get rid of this TV, and hang a painting in its place.’ ‘I agree, Mom! What is there to w... More »