'08 Issue 04 | Verve Magazine
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'08 Issue 04

Nikki Bedi

Finding Nikki

Text by Sona Bahadur. Photographs by Ritam Banerjee

She’s into non-linear relationships, has a ‘fat ban’ on fatuous celebs on her radio and is convinced all Indian men have a chronic case of Mamaitis. Motormouth Nikki Bedi — remember her from Nikki Tonight — drops a delightful Nikki-ism on virtually any subject under the sun. Verve caught up with the razor-sharp presenter during her recent India junket and was relieved to find the livewire intelligence, droll charm and cheeky irreverence firmly intact
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Shilpa Shetty, Bollywood Actress

Madame Butterfly

Text by Sona Bahadur. Photographs by Atul Kasbekar. Styling by Nisha Jhangiani. Assisted by Hina Oomer-Ahmed. Set-design by Lamya Bhatri. Make-up by Kapil Bhalla. Hair by Latika

She’s become a leading lady in the opera of cultural change. After her own astonishing metamorphosis post-Celebrity Big Brother, Shilpa Shetty has been elegantly flapping her wings around select projects that reinforce her enormous brand power while also making a positive difference. Verve traces the butterfly effect of the actress-turned-diva’s life as she dons yellow, the colour du jour, for Verve
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New Zealand, A Shotover Jet Whips Past Rocky Outcrops

Far from the madding town

Text by Arjun Ramnath

Paddling in a cave, spinning on the rapids, skimming a glacier. Arjun Ramnath subscribes to New Zealand’s adventure tourism and discovers that there’s nothing like a good thrill to refresh the system!
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Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Rome
April 16, 2008

Ode to Mortality

Text by Anita Nair. Illustration by Abhijeet Kini

On a visit to Rome, while escaping the madding crowds, Anita Nair stumbles onto the Keats-Shelley Memorial House and thereupon hang her thoughts
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Koel Purie, Bollywood Actress

Drama Queen

Photographs by Akash Mehta. Styling and Text by Hina Oomer-Ahmed. Make-up and hair by Meghna Butani

The most striking thing about Koel Purie is her incredible energy. This is reflected in every part of her life beginning with her home which is a palette of bright blues, pinks and reds. Recovering from an all-night shoot for her latest film, Koel is her effervescent self, chatting about how shuttling between London, Mumbai, Delhi and Goa, when she has some time off has become a way of life for her. Currently working on editing her own film, preparing for the release of Amal, at the London International Film Festival and shooting for Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On, Koel Purie’s on a roll this year. And that’s just the way she likes it
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Cape Town

Where two oceans meet

Text by Nisha Jhangiani

The sprawling majesty of cavernous mountains, the deepest aquamarine waters, lush flora and a free spattering of an untamed and beatific animal kingdom. Couple that with the luxurious best in lifestyle, cuisine and nightlife, and Cape Town, finds Verve, easily makes it to the lifetime list of must-visit exotic destinations...
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