Monthly Archives for May 2015

Thank you Kangana

For the soul - Anupriya kapur - May 25, 2015

THANK YOU KANGANA

For being yourself yet again. For refusing to endorse a fairness cream brand (and losing out on whopping 2 crores!). For making the statement that dusky is pretty. For letting little girls all over the country know that they don’t have to be fair to be pretty. That it’s enough to be just you.

For understanding that as a public figure you have responsibilities. For not being like most other top actresses of our country. For challenging status quo. And starting a debate that had long been forgotten.

Thank you for walking the talk.

You won me over with your interview at The Front Row with Anupama Chopra. I was blown away by how unfake and fresh the interview was. With Queen and now Tanu Weds Manu Returns, you have proven that you don’t need big male co-stars to make the movie a commercial success.

So, thank you for breaking the stereotypes by actually breaking them and not only talking about them.

Thank you for reminding us that being comfortable in your own skin is the way to be.

It’s a start.

Kangna Ranaut’s response –

Interviewer: Why did you recently turn down a deal worth Rs. 2 crores which needed you to endorse a fairness (skin- lightening brand)?
Kangana Ranaut: Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. Especially, in such a case, as a celebrity, what kind of example would I be setting for younger people? I have no regrets about turning this offer down. As a public figure, I have responsibilities. My sister (Rangoli Ranaut) is dusky, yet beautiful. If I go ahead and be a part of this campaign, then, in a way, I would be insulting her. If I can’t do that to my sister, then how can I do it to an entire nation?
 
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Why You Shouldn’t Date a Marathoner

Marathons - Anupriya kapur - May 19, 2015

Let’s be honest that as runners we can be annoying. It’s important to poke fun at ourselves and not take everything too seriously till we do.

  1.  Your date won’t date you on Saturday nights. Live with that!
  2. Wondering why? He/she has to do LSD early next morning. (And before you jump to wild conclusions, LSD is short for Long Slow Distance).
  3. And when your date will hang-out with you – he/she would love to talk about…, his/her buddies would love to talk about is well, running!!!
  4. Your date is forever hydrating. (Whatever happened to good old thirst?)
  5. Your date never eats. He/she always seems to carbo-load. Carbo what??
  6. Your date gets offended when you call a 10K run a marathon. And you’ll never figure what the fuss is all about?
  7. You better know that a half marathon is 21.1K and a full is 42.2. Call it 21 and 42 – and you will offend him/her all over again!!
  8. Achilles Tendinitis, Plantars Fasciicits are a part of his/her vocab. So you better know those too.pain-in-the-butt
  9. If you go looking for ice cubes in his/her ref, you will most likely find ice packs instead.
  10. Move over latest fashion trends and automobiles. Do you know about the latest running shoes and Garmin? You don’t??
  11. They are chafed in the wrong places for most part of the year – leaving you out in the cold!
  12. “PB” nahi pata? *sigh*candy
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Loving the “likes”

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - May 12, 2015

The team

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention”.

FB is often criticised for being addictive, wasting our time and filling us up with trivia we don’t really need to know. I read recently how Instragram and FB are causing depression as we continue to live in our “unfiltered” reality, however, what we see is the “almost-perfect”, “filtered” reality of others’ lives. And that we are all thumb warriors, constantly pressing the “like” button, as if “liking” something is going to make any difference. I also have been someone who’s wary of participating for “causes” on social media simply because I’m not sure whether it can be trusted or not.

That belief was recently shattered. With good intentions and conviction, one can make a difference, however little it might be. It is solely on the basis of this conviction, couple of runners I know, set out to raise funds for a 3 year old boy going through his 4th chemo for blood cancer. They went and met the boy personally to verify. Even though the visit to paediatric cancer ward broke their heart but the resolve to help got stronger. They decided to organise a run called Strength for Vedansh and because of factors like Mother’s Day and runs for the Nepal cause we (I was chosen as a volunteer) were left with only 5 days to make the event happen. We had to raise four lakhs, and to be honest, we weren’t very hopeful. It was entirely through a FB page which got “likes” from friends and friends’ friends, that the word spread. About 100 people showed up for the run last Sunday (some registering on the spot) and rest contributed online (even from Australia and UAE) and offline. Everything fell in place and sufficient funds to help the boy’s family were raised.

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Major DP Singh (India’s bladerunner)

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with Vedansh’s dad, Vineet on the mike

For all its evils and all its ‘negative’ influence, social media has the power to spark a lot of good as well. And when did we stop being responsible for our own mental health and gave the job to Facebook?

It makes me wonder if it is just human nature to mock something that is hugely popular. There surely is enough evidence to support it. Isn’t the way we use what is given to us our own choice?

Facebook brought a three year old boy hope to live a healthy life. That is enough for facebook to get my like.

*It was an initiative by Hirday, Vineet and Migma, supported by Coach Ravinder, Rachna, Bootcamp Yellow, me and many more volunteers.

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The cutest supporters!

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Pre-run stretch by Bootcamp Yellow

 

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