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    Shvetha Jaishankar’s first foray into writing draws from life and the runway.

    Former model Shvetha Jaishankar confesses that she is both delighted and relieved that her first book is ready for release. “It’s taken one year of hard work, over-eating and under-sleeping to reach this milestone!” the Chennai native confesses. Jaishankar’s first book, Gorgeous – Eat Well, Look Great, is a collection of conversations and recipes from over 25 of India’s best-known models. The former pageant winner, who has an MBA from the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad) and ran a successful sports management company, tells us the inspiration for the book had been on her mind for years.

    Eating right
    “Throughout my modelling career, and even after, I have heard people remark how models eat ‘nothing’. Honestly, this is far from the truth,” says the mother-of-two. “There is no way that successful models and actors can work such long hours, travel and still look good if they eat poorly,” she adds. So the self-professed foodie embarked on her ambitious food trail. “This book is about finding one’s own balance. The message I wish to share is that it is important to eat right; but it is equally important to indulge oneself and stay fit.”
    Along with her personal journey with nutrition and fitness, she also shares recipes and advice from other model mothers like Ujjwala Raut, Aditi Govitrikar and Madhu Sapre. “Food is an integral part of our lives. But everyone’s body and metabolism changes after a time. So choose foods that make you, as an individual, feel good. That is the whole point of including such diverse conversations.” Other notable chronicles can be expected from actor Priyanka Chopra, runway regulars Lakshmi Rana, Nethra Raghuraman, and marathon man Milind Soman.

    Trial and error
    Besides the long hours of writing, the process of putting together the 176-page book—which has photographs clicked by Sunder Ram—included collecting the recipes, trying them out and choosing what she liked. Jaishankar’s personal recommendations are her own recipes for South Indian sambhar and bisi bele bhaat, “a healthier take on the traditionally rich food which can be enjoyed by the whole family”.
    The book is available for pre-order on Amazon India. Rs 799. Details: amazon.in

    —Shibi Kumaramangalam

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