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UAE weight-loss: How this Indian expat lost 26kg in 18 months – Gulf News

Posted: December 13, 2019 at 6:44 am

Revathi Unnikrishnan went from 82kg (left) to 56kg in a year and a half. Image Credit: Supplied

Its the little things in life that make a huge difference. At least this was the case for 33-year-old Revathi Unnikrishnan and her weight-loss journey.

After giving birth to a healthy baby boy 11 years ago, the pharmacist was looking forward to going back to her pre-pregnancy weight. But what with Aryurvedic post-delivery supplements, unhealthy living and a fast-paced return to work, the kilos began to pile up. At one point, says Unnikrishnan, she found it difficult to breathe.

Her job requires her to stand for hours on end and comes with shift work, which plays havoc on a persons biological clock; hunger strikes at odd times, portion sizes tend to be out of control because the body is craving food to turn into energy; junk nosh begins to look like a feasible option. After four years of this sort of self-abuse, she woke up to the numbers 82, which at the height of 5-foot-two-inches meant some heft.

She realised that for a subtraction of weight, shed need to make some reductions in other parts of her life. First I cut out all the fast-food items, she recalls. Then she cut her portion sizes. Finally, she began to eat at about 7pm every evening, come rain or shine. Then Im not eating more fat items, healthy foods only, she says. Im drinking a lot of water.

The idea of working out elicits laughter. My work is only work for me, she explains. Revathis lucky break came because she doesnt really have a sweet-tooth, so besides an occasional dusting of sugar in her tea, she was happy to cut out that weight-magnet. Over a period of a year-and-a-half Revathi had changed; she was leaner, much, much fitter and no longer struggled with her daily tasks. She had dropped 26kg.

This was about four-and-a-half-years ago. Since then, she says, she hasnt paid too much attention to her diet. But thats only because it became a lifestyle change.

Today, the Keralite expat is eating more leafy vegetables, salads than she once did.

Her rice intake is restricted to the afternoon.

And junk food well, thats out of the question.

When asked if this has meant an overhaul for her family, too, shes quick to giggle. I used to eat everything when I was a child, so I cant say anything to [ my son], she explains.

Its an adulting thing, one supposes - when little things start to make big differences.

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Clarus Therapeutics Expands Executive Team in Preparation for Landmark Launch of JATENZO (testosterone undecanoate) Capsules CIII – GlobeNewswire

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clarus Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the appointment of five senior leaders, each of whom bring valuable industry and category experience to the team. Together they strengthen the companys commercialization capability for JATENZO (testosterone undecanoate) capsules, the first-in-class oral testosterone replacement therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypogonadism. See indication and important risk information, including boxed warning below.

Dr. Newmark, Mr. Jaeger, Mr. Rodriguez, Ms. Wright and Mr. Holloway join a management team led by Robert Dudley, Ph.D., Clarus Therapeutics Chief Executive Officer and co-inventor of JATENZO. Dr. Dudleys legacy in mens health includes CEO leadership of the company that developed and launched AndroGel, a product he co-invented and the last major advancement in testosterone replacement therapy delivery.

We are proud to bring Jay, Frank, Jose, LaTonya, and James into an organization that shares their focus on innovation and excellence. They have each demonstrated an ability to connect with medical professionals who are invested in mens health, said Dudley. Their expertise will help us make the long sought-after oral testosterone option widely available to appropriate hypogonadal men.

INDICATION

JATENZO (testosterone undecanoate) capsules, CIII, is an androgen indicated for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone:

Limitation of use

Safety and efficacy of JATENZO in males less than 18 years old have not been established.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: INCREASES IN BLOOD PRESSURE

CONTRAINDICATIONS

JATENZO is contraindicated in men with carcinoma of the breast or known or suspected carcinoma of the prostate, in women who are pregnant, in men with a known hypersensitivity to JATENZO or its ingredients, or in men with hypogonadal conditions that are not associated with structural or genetic etiologies as JATENZO has not been established for these conditions and there is a risk of increased blood pressure with JATENZO that can increase the risk of MACE.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

ADVERSE EVENTS

The most common adverse events of JATENZO (incidence 2%) are headache (5%), increased hematocrit (5%), hypertension (4%), decreased HDL (3%), and nausea (2%).

DRUG INTERACTIONS

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

The safety and efficacy of JATENZO in pediatric patients less than 18 years old have not been established. Improper use may result in acceleration of bone age and premature closure of epiphyses.

There have not been sufficient numbers of geriatric patients involved in controlled clinical studies utilizing JATENZO to determine whether efficacy or safety in those over 65 years of age differs from younger subjects. There is insufficient long-term safety data in geriatric patients utilizing JATENZO to assess the potentially increased risk of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.

Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING on increases in blood pressure.About JATENZO JATENZO is a first-in-class proprietary oral soft gel formulation of testosterone undecanoate for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone.

JATENZOs proprietary formulation is built around testosterone undecanoate a testosterone prodrug that the body converts to testosterone. In the JATENZO pivotal inTUne (investigation of its oralTestosteroneUndecanoate) clinical trial, 87% (n=222) of men treated with JATENZO achieved average circulating levels of testosterone in the normal range for men.

About Clarus Therapeutics, Inc.Clarus is a men's specialty pharmaceutical company developing and preparing for the commercial launch of JATENZO, a product protected by patents issued in the United States and in other major pharmaceutical markets around the world. Clarus owns the worldwide, royalty-free commercialization rights for JATENZO.For more information, please visit:www.clarustherapeutics.com.

Media ContactAmir KhanPhone: (212) 462-8767Email: Amir.Khan@Syneoshealth.com

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market 2019| Key Manufacturers and Development for Global Regions (United States, Europe, Japan, China) Forecast up…

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm

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Yes, a prosecco diet exisits – here’s everything to know – Now To Love

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Yep, it's definitely that time of year when the bubbly is flowing and everyone's feeling a little bit festive.

Yet with summer here, it's that classic challenge of not completely falling off the healthy eating bandwagon.

Lucky for us, it turns out you can have your cake and eat it, too!

"Alcohol can be safely consumed as part of a balanced diet for a healthy individual," says nutritionist Jessie Parish.

Keep scrolling for the rules to stick to when it comes to the ever alluring prosecco diet, and check out our full seven day plan below...

Or skip a day, and have an extra glass on the weekend.

WATCH: A winemaker busts myths about wine. Story continues after video...

But expert Jessie says, "You should focus on good quality fats and protein like cheese, nuts and lean meats."

Alcohol is a diuretic, so it's important to stay hydrated.

Experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water per day.

DAY 1

BreakfastSoaked oats with raspberries, chopped almonds, almond milk and Greek yogurt.

LunchChicken noodle soup

DinnerPrawn and vegie stir-fry

DAY 2

BreakfastScrambled eggs with avocado and rocket

LunchLentil and vegie soup

DinnerSteak with mashed cauliflower 'potatoes' as asparagus

DAY 3

BreakfastBanana, pecan and cinnamon porridge

LunchBaked potato with smoked salmon and Greek yoghurt

DinnerTuna and tomato risotto

DAY 4

BreakfastPoke bowl with brown rice, avocado, carrots, cucumber and radishes

LunchEgg, tomato and avocado sandwich

DinnerTrout with quinoa and greens

DAY 5

BreakfastBananam pecan and cinnamon porridge

LunchTuna salad on rye

DinnerAsian chicken salad

Repeat any two days for day six and seven.

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Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa in Johns Creek, Georgia, is Now Offering the Innovative CoolSculpting Procedure for Patients – Yahoo…

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Top Atlanta area plastic surgeon, Dr. Myla Bennett, is excited to offer CoolSculpting at her luxurious medical spa facility.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dr. Myla Bennett is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon, skincare expert and founder of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa in Johns Creek, Georgia. In an effort to continue to provide advanced treatment options for patients, Ederra Bella is now offering the CoolSculpting procedure. It is the only FDA-cleared fat reduction technology to use controlled cooling to safely target fat cells in areas including the abdomen, thigh and flank areas. Once the targeted fat cells are eliminated from the body, they are gone for good. More than a million CoolSculpting procedures have been safely administered worldwide with proven results. A CoolSculpting session requires no needles, surgery or downtime, which makes it a great alternative to liposuction. It is ideal for candidates who have hard-to-lose-fat in areas that are resistant to exercise and diet.

"We are excited to offer this treatment option to our patients at Ederra Bella. CoolSculpting has shown significant results in removing fat, without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures. I have found it to be extremely effective, especially on resistant localized areas, such as back fat, love handles and isolated belly fat. The CoolSculpting procedure is quite comfortable, and patients are highly satisfied with the aesthetic outcomes," says Dr. Myla Bennett

The number of treatments required for the desired results can vary. Dr. Myla Bennett will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan based on an individual's needs, the areas focused on and budget. Treatment time typically lasts between one to two hours, and patients can have additional sessions for more pronounced effects. Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa's location creates a relaxed setting for patients to receive cosmetic surgical and medical spa treatments, including CoolSculpting. Dr. Myla Bennett and her team offer a wide range of procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, dermal fillers and injectables, anti-aging treatments and more.

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Dr. Myla Bennett is a well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon and skincare expert. She earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University of Medicine and completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery and general surgery residencies there as well. She then continued her training at the university with admission to the fellowship program. With several years of experience in the industry, Dr. Myla Bennett uses her expertise to perform plastic surgery procedures and other treatments with the goal of enhancing patients' natural beauty.

For more information on CoolSculpting and other services available at Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, please call (678)-325-0006 or visit http://www.ederrabella.com.

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Everything you should never do when at a work Christmas party from romping in cupboard to shots – The Sun

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

EVERYONE dreads the Christmas work do, which can be a social minefield as the booze flows.

Not so long ago, the traditional bash could end with snogging the boss, having a fumble in a cupboard or photocopying our bums.

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Sadly, social media and political correctness have conspired to end such fun.

Now, 86 per cent of workers say the typically badly-behaved Christmas party is over.

Even a snog under the mistletoe could end with a call from HR. No wonder almost three-quarters of staff say they wouldnt try kissing a colleague.

Many hope to spend just two hours at a bash. And 28 per cent insist theyve never considered using the photocopier inappropriately. Sad times.

Katie Glass reveals ways to navigate the Christmas party and still have fun...

With snowflake-season year-round now boomers and millennials are more worried than ever about causing offence, as every conversation risks a micro-aggression.

There used to be a simple rule for this: Never talk about politics, religion or money. Now nothing is safe.

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Now nothing is safe. Even the weather could lead to an argument about climate change.

But rather than being a party bore, choose an enemy everyone hates: The French, Prince Andrew, estate agents.

Just find something your co-workers also cant stand then safely launch into your outspoken opinions.

There's an age-old rule for seasonal drinking: Beer before wine, then youll feel fine.

Wine before beer, erm, its Christmas. Say yes to champagne, yes to cocktails, yes to mulled wine but no to punch, which is either just sugared-water or will have been over-spiked.

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Once you get to a place where you can chat merrily with co-workers without wanting to rip out your eyes, try alternating between alcohol and water. Youre golden now.

DO NOT DO SHOTS. It may seem like nothing says Christmas like Jgermeister but what starts with a cheeky chaser ends at 3am with Tom from accounts dragging you to a strip club.

Unless the look youre going for this Christmas is messy divorce never turn up to the work party with mistletoe.

Likewise, never point out the green stuff is hanging overhead.

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In fact, this box is a trick, because the only thing you should avoid at the work Christmas party is a snog.

While three-quarters of staff now say they would never try kissing a colleague that still leaves a quarter who would!

If you really must flirt and drink then find someone anonymous online to do it with this is why Tinder was invented.

You have had a few drinks, you are feeling buzzy, now seems the perfect time to shimmy over to your boss and share your brilliant thoughts about company restructuring...STOP.

Its a weird urban myth that Christmas parties are a great opportunity to speak to your higher-ups.

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The opposite is true.

Instead of making a fool of yourself, make a bee-line for junior staff they are the ones who have all the best workplace gossip.

This being Christmas, nothing is too much. Think fancy dress: Santa or an elf, but perhaps not Jesus.

Wear flats to dance, an elasticated waist to scoff canapes and something you can get in and out of easily after a few drinks so you dont find yourself struggling with your jumpsuit in a toilet cubicle with gossiping Sharon banging the door outside.

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Remember, this is your chance to show people who usually see you exhausted at your desk that you are actually quite attractive.

So layer on the make-up and pull on your Spanx!

I hate to break it to you but if your dress doesnt fit at the start of December youll have no chance by the end of the month.

Now is far too late to diet. And dont even consider not eating and drinking no one likes a drunkorexia.

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Focus on lining your stomach think carb-heavy lunches and full-fat milk.

Theres no point in starving yourself at the start of the night.

At the party youll be lucky to grab a few greasy canapes and a dry mince pie, and we both know youll be waking up beside an empty McDonalds bag.

Are you thinking of calling your ex? Doing karaoke? Asking your boss for a pay rise? Putting tinsel on your head and dragging that cute designer out to dance to Last Christmas? Yes, then GO HOME.

Have a few conversation-enders ready: My boyfriend is calling, Get out of my way Im going to be sick.

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Dont worry about just sneaking off. By now everyone will be too drunk to remember if you stayed or whether you even still work with them.

If you want to be truly organised, set yourself a three-hour time limit and advance-book your cab.

The worst thing about the works party is the next day you cant call in sick.

If you slept with Tony from I.T, told the security guy you love him or vomited mulled wine in the lift, now youll have to walk back into the office (and possibly past your own vomit).

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Hold your head high as you return to your desk or workbench.

As Johnny Depp told Kate Moss: Never complain, never explain.

And its not like theres loads of embarrassing rumours going around...

Honey on toast. A full English breakfast. A pint of milk. Half a tablespoon of salt and two teaspoons of sugar dissolved in half a litre of water before bed.

A shot of whisky and an espresso . . . I could go on.

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Still, Kingsley Amis had the best hangover advice: If youre in bed with your partner, and theyre willing, perform the sexual act as vigorously as you can.

If youre in bed with someone you shouldnt be dont .

The guilt and shame will be overwhelming. For the same reason, he suggests, abstain if youre alone.

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Eye on the pies! Vets warn pet owners to keep edible festive hazards out of paws’ reach – PoliticsHome.com

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

The advice comes as British Veterinary Associations (BVA) survey findings reveal that eight in ten companion animal vets (80%) across the UK saw at least one case of toxic ingestion over the Christmas break last year.

Chocolate, raisins and other dried fruit commonly found in mince pies, xylitol (found in sugar-free products), onion and garlic and seasonal decorations like mistletoe and holly can be dangerous to dogs and cats if eaten.

Chocolate treats remain top of the list of edible hazards for dogs, with 72% of companion animal vets reporting seeing at least one case of this type of poisoning over the last festive period. This was followed by cases of toxic ingestion of raisins/sultanas (reported by 63% of vets) and onion or garlic (15%). Concerningly, the average number of cases of all types of toxic ingestion in dogs has increased steadily over the last five years, with cases of chocolate poisoning increasing by 50% and those of raisin/sultana poisoning almost doubling.

Cats are also no strangers to emergency trips to the vet at Christmas. BVAs survey found that around one in six vets had treated a cat for antifreeze poisoning (17%) last year and around one in eight (12%) for poisoning by seasonal plants such as lilies and poinsettia. Unlike dogs, the average number of cases reported for each toxin is at a five-year low.

Edible treats aside, festive decorations such as tinsel and fairy lights can also be a hazard if hung within reach of a family pet. More than a quarter of vets surveyed (28%) had seen at least one such case over Christmas last year.

BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said:

Christmas is a time of fun and festivities, but the presents, treats and decorations can often prove dangerous for our pets if we are not careful. Festive foods like chocolate, raisins, xylitol and macadamia nuts, and decorations such as mistletoe and holly, can be toxic if eaten by dogs and cats, while Christmas tree baubles or tinsel can require surgery to remove.

Our advice to owners is to keep festive goodies such as chocolate advent calendars, mince pies or Christmas puddings safely out of reach of inquisitive pets. If you are concerned that they have eaten something they shouldnt, consult your vet straight away.

To help keep Christmas hazard-free for pets, BVA recommends following these five simple tips:

For more information on pets and poisons, download the free Animal Welfare Foundation Pets and Poisons leaflet at here.

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Parents of 4-year-old Tampa cancer patient could be reunited with son – Tampa Bay Times

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

TAMPA Four-year-old Noah McAdams may soon officially be back with his mother and father.

Three months after a judge ordered their separation over concerns that the parents were resisting chemotherapy for Noahs leukemia, a hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 16 to address the familys reunification. There appears to be little opposition.

A lawyer for Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball said Monday that their son had already returned to them. She said the parents have consented to any necessary treatment for Noah.

I am not expecting an order until next week; however, Noah remains with his parents and all parties are in agreement with reunification," attorney Brooke Elvington told the Tampa Bay Times in an email.

The parents have no intention of stopping any treatment, she said.

Both parents complied with court-mandated psychological evaluations, Elvington said. Those assessments supported family reunification.

The experts had absolutely no concern regarding the parents ability to safely care for Noah, she said.

Elvington said the family is doing very well and they are simply enjoying some much-needed quiet time together.

Related: Judge rules 4-year-old boy with leukemia will stay with grandparents to ensure his health

REUNIFICATION my new favorite word! Bland-Ball wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, which was accompanied by pictures of the family and their lawyer. The McAdams family is happy to announce that NOAH. IS. ALL. THE. WAY. HOME. Where he should have been the whole time, and where he will stay.

The family made headlines in April after the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office issued an endangered child alert for Noah. They said his parents couldnt be located after missing medical appointments. The boy had been diagnosed with leukemia and the family wanted to treat him with alternative remedies like cannabis, oxygen therapy, an alkaline diet and herbal remedies, instead of chemotherapy.

Related: Parents become focus of custody trial of 4-year-old leukemia patient

The parents were later found in Kentucky. Child protective investigators obtained a court order to take custody of the boy. He was placed with his grandparents and resumed chemotherapy.

After numerous court hearings, Hillsborough County Judge Thomas Palermo ruled that Noah should remain temporarily in the custody of his grandparents because there would be imminent risk of neglect if he stayed with his parents.

All parents have a constitutional, and even sacred, right to parent their child, the judge wrote. But with that right comes equally powerful duties and responsibilities.

Related: Tampa parents of leukemia patient Noah McAdams find support online after losing custody

Bland-Ball decried the ruling on social media, where the family drew considerable support. A GoFundMe account to help with their legal expenses drew more than $12,000 in donations. Someone started an online petition calling for the judges removal from the bench.

An appeal of the ruling is pending. Elvington said she anticipates the case will be further reviewed sometime in the spring.

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Tabu on her suitable boy – Telegraph India

Posted: December 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Mention Calcutta and Tabus face will invariably light up. The actresss bond with the city which started when she was shooting films like Abar Aranye and The Namesake and has continued till the day, has only grown stronger over the years. Last Saturday, the 48-year-old stunner was back in the city as the star speaker at Breaking Stereotypes at Infocomm 2019, an ABP initiative, at ITC Sonar. Before that, The Telegraph caught up with Tabu statuesque in forest-green shirt and black skirt in her ITC Sonar suite, when she spoke on her love for Calcutta, reconnecting with Mira Nair and finding a suitable boy!

We had last met in May, in the peak of summer in Calcutta, and you had mentioned how you cant wait to come back in winter, because that means foggy morning walks, draping thick shawls and feasting on nolen gur. So here you are!

(Laughs) Oh, yes! My god! Uss waqt kuch aur bhi maangti toh mil jaata (laughs). But I am glad I have managed to come here at this time of the year

So did you manage to tick off anything from your winter bucket list this time?

Kahaan, yaar? I flew in this morning and I am flying out tonight by an unearthly 2am flight (rolls her eyes). I am going to Lucknow to shoot for A Suitable Boy. So, this time, unfortunately I wont have any time to do anything. But I am glad I am getting the evening to myself, which is a huge thing for me (smiles).

So no going out for nolen gur?

Thats coming to me! (Laughs) I dont have to go anywhere. I have my contacts (winks and laughs) sab ek ghante mein maine fix kar liya hai. Whenever I come to Calcutta, one thing that I carry without fail is my big icebox. I always have to take back many things staples are nolen gur, mishti doi and gondhoraj lebu. Yeh teen toh hone hi hai list mein nahin toh Calcutta aane ka kya fayda? (Laughs)

It was apparently shooting for Goutam Ghoses Abar Aranye many years ago that made you start eating fish. Is that right?

Absolutely! I had turned vegetarian for many years. We were shooting in some jungles in Bengal for Abar Aranye, with Goutamda. The only diet that we got there for days was rice and fish curry and gulab jamun (laughs). As a child, I loved eating fish I would practically eat it every day but I gave it up for many years. After that shoot, I started eating fish again every day for life! (Laughs) Of course, I eat the maximum amount of fish when I am in Calcutta, at my friends place and her mothers place. I dont eat fish outside I prefer the homemade stuff. So Calcutta gave me back my fish (laughs).

We know your visits, if not on work, are limited to being with friends and family. Any favourite haunts whenever you come here?

I love going on drives here. I love to go to those little-little galis, do shopping there are some really cool boutiques really nice and intimate. I can go in there and shop aaram se without being bothered. Then, of course, my friends place and her mothers place are my favourites. Their terraces are our favourite spots at night. I think the familiarity is so much that I find myself at home almost everywhere in Calcutta (smiles).

In fact, I came here for Durga Puja in October. I just sneaked in to my friends place and no one knew (laughs). It was lovely to see the city dressed up like a bride in all its finery. It was so beautiful.

You can either like the carnival-like atmosphere or completely hate it

I toh love it! Also because I think I am used to it in Bombay this carnival-like atmosphere every few months! (Laughs) Something or the other is always happening on the roads there, so I think I have just got used to it. Awaaz, shor, lights sab ki aadaat ho gayi hai, you know.

See, every experience I have in Calcutta whether its for shoots, like when I shot The Namesake or personal visits will always be special because of the connect I have with the city. Abar Aranye was the time when I made all these friends I have today. I learnt Bangla, I dubbed for the film in Bangla. When I did The Namesake, I was a little more established in the system because I already had these friends. Chaiti (Ghoshal, actress) and the other friends I have here really helped me learn the culture.

Shooting at the Howrah station was an experience in itself north Calcutta you just spoke about chaos and carnival (smiles). I loved shooting at the flower market, which I hadnt been to before. And from that shoot, I would always go home so it never felt like I was in a city that isnt essentially my home. I once stayed at the Tollygunge Club I am a member.

Calcutta will always be a different experience for anyone who comes from outside by virtue of having the strong character that it does. It has a feel thats removed from your usual cosmopolitan city experience. For me, this city has never ever been a light or a frivolous experience like going to a city and coming back. For me, its always been much, much more coming here. I can safely say that anyone who comes to Calcutta goes back with a certain kind of effect and impact, whatever that is. I, of course, also go back with nolen gur and gondhoraj! (Laughs out loud)

Maybe its time to make Calcutta your home for a few months every year?

Oh, I am totally ready to! Maybe buy a nice apartment and chill during winter! (Laughs) I must tell you that I love the champa thats always in season... for me, it defines the city. Of course, every time I come here, I see a huge change theres a lot of infrastructural development. We are all resistant to change, but its inevitable (smiles).

You had also told us last time that you keep telling Prosenjit that you want to do a film with him. Any progress on that front?

Arre, hes not listening to me no one is listening to me! (Laughs) I only come for events all through the year, and never for a movie. Its time I did a Bangla film high time!

You just mentioned The Namesake and you are shooting again with Mira Nair for A Suitable Boy. Did you two pick up from where you left off?

Its always so wonderful reconnecting with Mira. I think everyone who is connected with Mira has that equation with her you just pick up from where you left, no matter how many years have passed in between. She forms really informal, impactful and strong bonds with people. She keeps working with the people shes worked with earlier, and I think thats a beautiful quality to be able to form such bonds in todays world. I feel a sense of belonging whenever I work with her and her unit.

In A Suitable Boy, we have Ram Kapoor, Vijay Raaz who have worked with Mira in Monsoon Wedding I have worked with her in The Namesake so its always wonderful, you know that sense of comfort and going back you dont get that with everyone. Of course, everyone knows about the aesthetics and the quality of work that she guarantees as a filmmaker. Its all her own, and theres no denying that.

So whos a suitable boy for Tabu?

Boy?! (Laughs out loud) Woh din gaye! Chalo, main abhi boy dhoondne nikalti hoon.

Arent all men essentially boys?

Thats very, very true! (Laughs) And I think I will always be a girl boy meets girl pata nahin woh main kaise handle karungi!

You recently posted on social media about Chandni Bar turning 18. In a sea of very challenging turns, would you pick that as the role that challenged you the most?

Chandni Bar was actually a lot of fun to shoot, though it made for a heavy viewing experience. In hindsight, I feel that if the experience wasnt light, then the process of shooting it would have killed us. But thanks to Madhur (Bhandarkar, the films director), every experience turns out to be light. The subject was very dark and there was no other way to portray it that was the truth of her (Mumtazs) life. I think its one of the landmark films in my career (Tabu won a National Award for Chandni Bar). It uncovered a part of reality that I wasnt exposed to and I am glad I was part of a film like that... a film where you saw a beer bar dancer as a protagonist and not just as the villains moll or the heros pining love interest (smiles).

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Tabu on her suitable boy - Telegraph India


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