Indians in Hollywood

Deepika Padukone takes her Bollywood self to ‘The Ellen Show’

In her first appearance on the popular American talk show, Padukone says she has fantasies about her ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ co-star Vin Diesel.

The first confirmation that Deepika Padukone was going to be in the Vin Diesel starrer XXX: Return of Xander Cage came from a wink-wink tweet posted on Padukone’s Twitter page in December 2015.

Was Padukone embarking on a new movie or a new relationship? The image came back to haunt Padukone on her first ever appearance on The Ellen Show, hosted by the highly influential Ellen DeGeneres. XXX: Return of Xander Cage was released in India on January 14 to a decent response, and it will open in America on January 20. Padukone plays a secret agent named Serene Unger in the action thriller.

When asked whether there was anything to rumours of an affair between Padukone and Diesel – who has three children with his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez – our Bollywood heroine blushed and lapsed into teenage fan mode, as though on Koffee With Karan. “There’s no smoke without fire,” she coyly said, before helpfully adding that “it’s all in my head”. Apparently, she fantasises about living with Diesel and having his babies.

DeGeneres’s response was apt and will be shared by many embarrassed Indians: “Now you’ve become crazy.”

Padukone kept her accent on the show – BMKJ Indians will love her for it – but she could barely match Priyanka Chopra’s poise and confidence. Chopra put on her Stateside accent for DeGeneres but behaved as though she had been matching wits with talk show hosts her entire life. Padukone appeared a bit nervous and air-headed, while Chopra gave off a superbly rehearsed and sophisticated vibe. Note to Padukone’s handlers: when in Hollywood, don’t do as in Bollywood.

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Deepika Padukone on The Ellen Show.
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These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.

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You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.

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Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.

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Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.

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If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.

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The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:

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But with changing lifestyles and most people hard pressed for time, a healthy breakfast is taking the backseat. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. MTR has come up with a range of widely loved Indian delicacies like Poha, Upma and Halwa which can be made in (hold you breath) just 3 minutes! All you have to do is add hot water and wait for 3 minutes to get a delicious and filling breakfast.

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