Mumbai, Jan 22, 2017: Actress-turned-author and interior designer Twinkle Khanna has come forward to support education for slum children here.
“Today when I came here I saw the children performing and the film. I just wanted to say that there is so much goodness in the world. We keep looking at the terrible and diabolical things when we open newspapers. But there is goodness in the world too and I saw a glimpse of that here today,” Twinkle said.
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The 43-year-old author, who is the wife of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, says she is grateful to be part of the campaign.
Talking about the association, Twinkle said: “I’m planning to do a little bit of English reading. To me, a life that doesn’t change things and touch people’s lives is pretty meaningless. Rather I would like to spend a little bit of my time doing something to make their life better.”
On the professional front, after the success of her first literary attempt, Twinkle has launched her second book, titled “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad”, a series of short stories. (IANS)
Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna feels a writer needs an inflated sense of self-worth while writing.
“I strongly believe in the power of being the moron. I wrote about it last week. People who think about their stupidity are often the most intelligent because it is only the truly dumb who are convinced of their smartness. The ones who are secretly wondering if they are idiots are the ones who know that there is so much to know that they clearly don’t know enough. If you have understood this sentence and if you are clearly a moron like me, you are a prime example of an oxymoron,” declared Twinkle, while interacting with the media at Crossword Book Awards 2020.
She was accompanied by lifestyle coach and motivational speaker Gaur Gopal Das and philanthropist Sudha Murty at the event.
At the event, Twinkle received the Crossword Book Award (Popular) for Fiction for the book ‘Pyjamas Are Forgiving’.
Sharing her thoughts on winning the award, Twinkle said: “I am thankful to Crossword for this award. I may not deserve it but I didn’t deserve a name like Twinkle either (laughs). It’s not that the names I have come up with since then have been any better — like Mrs Funnybones and even Baba Twink Dev. Now I have to coin yet another monicker, if for nothing else then to say that I am following the path of Susan Swanton who said that ‘a writer has to be four people — a nut, a moron, a stylist and a critic’. Now nut comes easy to me. It’s the path that dreams up all these ideas and then puts this unfiltered nonsense and regurgitates it on to paper which masquerades as my first draft.”
Twinkle said a writer needs to have an inflated sense of self-worth while writing. “(Being a) Stylist is, I guess, the difference between using a word like regurgitate instead of vomit. (On being a) critic, this is the most important part because a writer needs to have an inflated sense of self-worth while they are writing, to feel that what they are saying is worthy of someone else’s attention. Then they have to have the ability to put their ego aside, look at that work objectively and, yes, listen to the editors, take their suggestion, and incorporate them, because I think that is the most important (thing) a writer needs to do,” she said.
A day after actor Akshay Kumar said he had “accidentally” liked a tweet by Jamia Millia Islamia University students, his wife and author Twinkle Khanna reiterated that she stands for a secular and democratic India where peaceful dissent is a constitutional right.
Twinkle took to Instagram on Tuesday evening and shared a tweet she had written last week.
The tweet read: “Discrimination based on race, colour, cast religion and other such social constructs in whatever form, goes against the fundamental and moral integrity of the human condition”.
She then captioned it: “That was last week and now add oppressing the voices of our students by using violence and we have crawled even further into the dark tunnel. I stand by a secular, democratic India where peaceful dissent is our constitutional right.”
Akshay is currently facing wrath from many people for saying that he had “accidentally” liked a controversial Jamia tweet, amidst protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A social media user called him “spineless” for his turnaround, to which filmmaker Anurag Kashyap agreed.
It all started after Akshay on Monday morning took to Twitter to clarify that he had earlier “accidentally” liked a tweet by Jamia Millia Islamia university students.
At a time when many Bollywood celebs are lashing out at authorities over tension at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, Akshay landed himself in a soup by liking a video that mocked the attack on Jamia. (Bollywood Country)
Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna, who has been vocal about several social issues especially those related to gender equality, believes that the best way for a woman to empower herself is through financial independence.
“We often tell women to speak up for themselves and to be fearless, but the fact is if you are not financially independent, then you have to toe the line and have to raise hand for the cheque,” she said.
“Economic indepence is the primary thing for all women out there. They should not rely on someone else for their needs, all should become self-reliant,” Twinkle Khanna said during the launch of her third book titled ‘Pyjamas are Forgiving’ on Wednesday.
Organised by YFLO Delhi, the event was moderated by renowned journalist Barkha Dutt.
Asked the reason for holding a political ideology different from her husband and actor Akshay Kumar’s opinions, Twinkle responded by saying: “We all have a right to vote which implies we all have a right to have different opinions,” she said.
At the same time, the “Mela” actress expressed her concern over people’s ruthless attitude towards someone who has a different opinion in the society.
She said: “Be it colour, cast, nationality or opinion, we all are shunning people who are different from us. And through this we end up learning nothing. We all are living in an eco-chamber.
“It is good to have different opinions as it will help people to learn more about things in a different manner.”
Twinkle Khanna, who talked about botox quite a number of times, has once again urged women not to give unecessary heed to cosmetic treatments in order to look younger.
The 43-year-old mother of two children said: “Ageing is a strange thing. When women cross 40, they start panicking about their looks and start getting cosmetic treatments.
“Rather bothering about looks, women should invest in their skills and try to develop a mind. If you have skills, automatically all heads will turn for you no matter what the looks are. ”