Exhibit|June 2020
It has begun. The new era of the ‘new normal’. Where the shoots are at the comfort (or sometimes, discomfort) of your homes and interviews happen on video calls. While we may take a bit of time to adjust and adapt, one thing doesn’t seem to change - the candidness and pure happiness of having a conversation. With Rakulpreet Singh as a part of our one of its kind June issue, this was no less than a joy ride. The conversation that followed 2 minutes of ‘Can you hear me properly?’ banter, was one that was truly perceptive, thoughtful and definitely refreshing.

Outfit: A Humming Way Heels: Charles n Keith

ex: Hi Rakul! Let’s dive right in to how your experience of shooting for our one-of-a-kind June cover? Self Shoot rather!

Can I be very honest? It wasn’t easy. I am not somebody who is pro at hair make-up or experimental. I am very basic when it comes to my own sense of style. I am also a horrible photographer, so for me to do this shoot was quite a challenge. But I guess, everybody is doing things they haven’t done before this quarantine. It did turn out to be a lot of fun.

ex: While the lockdown has had its share of problems, we also had a lot of spare time on our hand. Did you take up any new hobby/activity?

I have been doing a lot of reading and watching shows, just like everyone else right now. I extended my Yoga and meditation which took up a lot of time and reading. I also did some online courses.

Honestly, I kept myself busy and there wasn’t even +one day where I felt ‘Oh my God, what do I do?’ There was so much to do and some days I wanted to do this and that and ended up baking a cake because I really wanted to do that as well. (laughs) I loaded myself with a lot of work which worked for me because I like keeping busy.

ex: What were these courses about?

So, I did a crash course on MBA. I also did one to do with Investment Banking - stocks, shares and the market. Then, I completed Inner Engineering which is about harnessing your inner energy because I have a strong inclination towards spirituality.

ex: Oh interesting, should B-school graduates be scared about their jobs right now?

No no (laughs), I just wanted to be so busy that I took this up. Haha, but no I also felt that it’s nice to know what’s happening, especially because I have 3 of my own gyms which have been affected because of Covid-19, where I continue to pay rentals and salaries. So I thought to myself that this is probably the right time to upskill because I have never studied business and it definitely helped.

ex: No wonder your Instagram fitness videos, and now YouTube too are forever trending. What would be 3 quick tips you’d like to share?

I genuinely believe that fitness is not a goal you should wish to achieve or target for a certain period. So, that’s my first tip - fitness is a way of life. Secondly, you should ask yourself why you need to do it because that’s going to be your constant motivation. For me, I think we have to take care of the body we’re blessed with - it’s the only place we really live in. Lastly, it’s never too late to start. Let me tell you, your body is smarter than you think it is and it can endure a lot, all you need to do is push it.

ex: If any of our audience is looking for fitness inspiration, you know where to look now..

Honestly, this is also the right time to latch on to the inspiration of leading a healthier lifestyle. In the times of Covid-19, everyone is talking about immunity and health is exactly what we need. I think everybody should wake up and understand that your body has its own fighting mechanism but you have to push it.

ex: These have been troubling times, how have you been keeping your sanity in check during this lockdown?

I think I’ve been lucky that not a single day I’ve felt stressed or paranoid or disturbed with the lockdown. We need to understand and I genuinely believe that no matter what we do, we are negligible on the face of this planet. We are just a tiny speck in the world. This crisis is happening for the entire world, not just you and me. We are all in this together. We aren’t and will never be superior than nature. What we need to do in times like this is infact calm down, think what is right for society, what is right for the environment, live and care as a community. It’s new for everyone, we are all in this fight together. There can’t be room for blame game - people are doing the best they can, the government’s trying to do the best they can. But through it all, I have been extremely grateful and thankful for all that I have. I do understand that not all people were as privileged and so I have been more and more grateful with every passing day. I literally moved my house on 5th March and since 15th I have been in a lockdown.


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June 2020