Her style shenanigans find huge cheerleaders at home and beyond. As an actor, she’s in sync with her sensibilities – Raanjhanaa, Neerja, PadMan, Veere Di Wedding, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa… scale her spectrum. As a wife, she’s enjoying the universe that’s hers for keeps. While as a woman hers is an ongoing conversation with the self. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is a celebration – of every phase, every curve. Whether it’s whipping up Sindhi cuisine for her family in lockdown or jogging in her sun-kissed garden in Delhi, it’s all about gratitude for Sonam. The girl born with the silver spoon also has a heart of gold, which beats for those not in the same ‘boat’ as hers. Excerpts…
WHAT’S YOUR ROUTINE DURING THE LOCKDOWN?
I follow the same routine every day because it keeps me sane. My husband wakes up at 5:30 am. I wake up between 6:30 – 8 am. I have jeera pani and two glasses of hot water with lemon. Then I make coffee for myself. I walk on the treadmill or around the house like a crazy person for 40 minutes. It makes me feel good. Then I do some Surya namaskars. The fact that I have the space to do that is amazing. Then I go to the kitchen and begin cooking for the family.
WHAT ALL HAVE YOU BEEN COOKING?
Regular khana. Like today I made Sindhi turai, spinach and chawal khichadi. My mother and mother-in-law both didn’t cook because they didn’t have to. The only reason I know cooking is because I went to boarding school. My Nani (maternal grandma) was a good cook. I wanted to be like her. You tend to want to do things your mother didn’t do. Thank God! Otherwise we’d be eating bread and butter every day because our chef doesn’t stay with us. One of our staff, who lives with us, helps me with the cooking.
WHAT DO YOU COOK BEST?
Unfortunately, I can only cook vegetarian food. I cook Sindhi food the best because my Nani did that. Sindhi kadi, aloo tuk and also South Indian curry… since I love South Indian food.
DO YOU LIKE LONDON OR PREFER LIVING IN INDIA?
Honestly, I like India, be it Mumbai or Delhi. I like Delhi because I’ve shot most of my films here. I like London because of the freedom I enjoy there. It’s difficult for me to step outside for a walk in Delhi.
WHAT’S YOUR AVERAGE DAY IN LONDON LIKE?
In the morning, I walk to the gym and walk back home. Then I visit the office, do some work and come back. We order in all the time. London is a lot like Mumbai in that sense.
SO YOU DON’T COOK IN LONDON?
I prepare dinner sometimes - mostly salads. To call for food from outside every day is a pain. In India we have the privilege of staff and house help. But in London it’s not like that. So if it wasn’t for these two years of training in London or my stay in a boarding school, I’d have been a mess during quarantine.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER REALISATIONS THAT QUARANTINE HAS BROUGHT ABOUT?
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