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Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi attends VH1's Trailblazer Honors at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York.

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Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Right, so she loves pizza. She, moreover, loves to eat pizza in the bath, delicately balancing the box across the tub, splashing about the tepidly warm water as the cheese and toppings do their moreish work. Did the experienced photographer catch her thus, in felicitous medias res? We think not. A tribute to New York-based painter Lee Price, who specialises in the relations between women and food, Padma Lakshmi wields her own brush rather well.

An American folk musician father and a Mumbaikar mother met in Paris in 1970. Their daughter, Radhika Jones, has now climbed to the top of the US magazine world, as successor to Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. Wit and style, in-d­e­pth repo­rt­age and light brush-stro­kes, fearless comment and the Oscar party, Jones, seen here with Padma Lakshmi, has her work cut out.

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Padma Lakshmi arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Former super model Padma Lakshmi walks the ramp displaying the collection of designer Tarun Tahiliani during a fashion show at the Lakme Fashion Week, in Mumbai.

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Top Chef host (and long, long time ago wife of Salman Rushdie) came out for the Women’s March in Washington against Trump, with her daughter Krishna. In tow was ex Adam Dell.

The postmortem of the marriage has much to draw eyeballs

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Padma’s shoots, to Rushdie, are ‘sex with hundreds of men’

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Lotus Goddess Being demonstrative is the credo of the age. And why not—if you can pull off a seaside sprint that's almost Bo-esque in its flowing lines. A few jibes over an alleged misshapenness apparently prompted this riposte, an outing on Miami Beach from Padma Lakshmi, the hostess of the mostess.

@PadmaLakshmi on twitter writes: My friend claims it looks like I have a penis in this pic. One guess as to whether he's gay or not...

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Padma Lakshmi at the Keep A Child Alive's Annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

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Diva In The Lotus She hosts a ball. And, as is her right and wont, took on the role of the show-stopper in a red gown and hard to spot heels. The occasion? The Endometriosis Foundation (find that out yourself) of America's annual Blossom ball in New York.

AFP (From Outlook 24 March 2014)

'Eyes On The Ball Now' An old sports adage reasons that neither talent nor heart can be coached. What, if not the innate abundance of both, explains Padma Lak­s­hmi's ability to nab bill­ionaires on the rebound? Vikram Chatwal ought to shake off that Dream state.

Getty Images (From Outlook 28 January 2013)

Padma Lakshmi arrives at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Crab Apples Not that it requires any great skill to catch crabs in Manhattan, but curing the meat is a lesson best learned from experience. Masters in the art descended on nyc from the US northeastern seaboard to showcase their skills at the Varli Food festival. Of those partaking, Padma Lakshmi played the bait.

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Chiffoned Cherie The coruscating Padma Lakshmi (and her bejewelled sari) aside, that designer (?) scar on her arm draws attention. The eye-opener co-hosted a benefit ball for the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

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Model Mom Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi in the pink of motherhood on an outing with little Krishna Thea in NY. A life-changing feat for the former Mrs Rushdie, the identity of Kris’s dad raised some dust till the name Adam Dell made news. Mom’s vowed to beef her baby’s Indian genes with Indian values.

Daily Mail (From Outlook, October 18, 2010)

Celebrity model and Top Chef host PADMA LAKSHMI, 40, wins the Emmy for outstanding reality series at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Television personality Padma Lakshmi attends a screening of "2010: Time For Change" at SVA Theatre in New York.

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Padma’s Shri
New mommy Padma Lakshmi has finally confessed her romance with 70-year-old billionaire Teddy Forstmann. Of course, he isn’t her baby’s daddy. That honour falls on yet another billionaire, venture capitalist Adam Dell.

Celebrity chef and model Padma Lakshmi, six-months pregnant, bared it all for New York magazine Page Six. “I like me better naked. I don’t mean that in a vain way ... When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don’t have any clothes on, it’s just you, raw, and you can’t hide,” the 39-year-old Lakshmi says in the magazine. "You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas," she's quoted as saying, by People. "I'm sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today."

Tuesday First the paparazzi went abuzz with the news that His Salmanness along with Padma Lakshmi were in India for their Christmas swing through Chennai, Rajasthan and Delhi. And then they were in the city of gold: 'Bombay is Bombay' and 'It's good to be here just to get the smell of it again,' Rushdie said, dmitting that he had been 'toodling away' on a new book for two years and that it would have more of India in it. In between, came the swipes at Kaizad 'Boom' Gustad for the fiasco involving Padma Lakshmi who, he said, 'is the one with 19 projects in hand. I am here as the boyfriend.' Came Monday, the 12th, and assorted groups like the All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema, the Raza Academy, the Anjuman Barkaate Raza and the Tanzeem Aimmae Masjid started a 'protest', with banners saying 'Kill Salman Rushdie' and 'Kill Rushdie, the White Collar Terrorist'. A reward of Rs one lakh was offered to anyone who would blacken his face. 'I am used to such protests,' Rushdie was quoted as saying, but he was prudent enough to check out of the hotel, with girlfriend, destination USA.

After Midnight

The knight and his lady have decided to part ways. Twice-divorced Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi have filed for divorce. Salman: 3, Padma: 1. More in 2008.

Monday 2 July
Way back in September 2006, we had asked if the Rushdie-Padma Lakshmi honeymoon was finally over. Sir Salman's spokeswoman Jin Auh has confirmed that to be the case in a statement issued on his behalf today: "Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage. He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time."

Saturday 16 June
There were as many as almost 950 persons to appear on the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year that included cricket player Ian Botham, singer Joe Cocker, Dame Edna Everage's creator Barry Humphries, CNN reporter Christian Amanpour and human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti. But it was the inclusion of Sri Salman Rushdie as a Knight Bachelor in recognition of 'his services to Literature' that caught the eye, and it was clear that his middle name is still going to be Mr Controversy. While Sri Rushdie stated that he was "thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and very grateful that his work has been recognised in this way," Iran had an entirely different take: "Giving a medal to someone who is among the most detested figures in the Islamic community is... a blatant example of the anti-Islamism of senior British officials. The measure that has taken place for paying tribute to this apostate and detested figure will definitely put British statesmen and officials at odds with Islamic societies, the emotions and sentiments of which have again been provoked ...the knighthood shows that the process of insulting Islamic sanctities is not accidental but is being supported by some Western countries." Not to be left behind, the Pakistan National Assembly joined the Iranians in deploring the bestowed "honour" and the Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz ul-Haq went on to add that "if someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Muhammad, his act is justified.". Watch this space.

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