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Full of life

Reshma Bombaywala is living life on her own terms


"I LIVE life one week at a time and live it king size," says Reshma Bombaywala whose claim to fame has followed the natural route - beauty pageant, modelling, music videos, television to a dance number in the Hindi film Garv. This Gladrags Runner up (first) and winner of the Miss Beautiful Smile in Miss India Pageant in 1995 is the host of Speed. In Hyderabad for the JK Tyre National Karting Championships, Reshma outlined her interests.

"My passion for music and dance got me Garv. Puneet Issarr (the director) has seen me dance and wanted me to do the number. I liked the lyrics and tune. So I did it." On item numbers catching up in the Hindi film industry she says, "there is a touch of excitement and glamour in them. It's a trend which is working right now with people cashing on it." However, Reshma is not smitten by films even though offers have poured in. "I am not inclined towards acting. I love my freedom too much. Acting gives you a different high. One becomes a public figure. But I feel as an actor one does not get time off. I would rather take up as much work I want to do.

Also I have this serious paranoia about forgetting lines. Whenever I have given more than two sheets I exclaim Oh my God."

Reshma has been on the ramp with famous names in fashion - Hemant Trevedi, Shahab Durazi, Wendell Rodericks and Azeem khan. She started off in college and was spotted by the well-known choreographer Sangeeta Chopra. Hosting Speed is not too much of a problem. "The team is young, helpful and fun-loving. We will be travelling to many more cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa in the next few weeks."

Reshma is an inveterate traveller. "I think it's genetic. My mom loves to travel. I like to see new places and new cultures. Europe is fascinating because of its diverse and rich culture." Vienna is her favourite city. "I was astounded by the sheer elegance and architectural value. Salzburg is another city I wanted to see having grown up watching Sound of Music. Unfortunately there was no tour the day I was there." Goa is another hotspot. "I must have been there a zillion times and will continue to do so.

Travelling within India is a little difficult compared to Europe." Reshma loves adventure sports - she has done scuba diving in Lakshadweep and Maldives and rafting. Has she tried bungee jumping? "I would love to do it. The thrill and freedom is worth experiencing. My mom is against it but maybe someday I will try," she adds cheekily. Wherever she travels this true blue Mumbaikar likes to come back home.

Reshma has an hour-glass figure to be envious of but surprisingly does little to maintain it. "I love to eat. I don't believe in diets. I feel the body needs all the nutrients and if one deprives one of something the craving increases." She did not miss the Hyderabadi biryani.

In her free time Reshma can be caught painting or reading and of course listening to music. "I like to paint landscapes." She can read anything but autobiographies. "Dan Brown is now ruling. I have read all his books but liked only The Da Vinci Code. I pick up books (coffee table kinds) on interiors, jewellery and so on while travelling abroad. The type of music depends on the mood and setting. If I am driving then it has to be blues or jazz if I am at home cleaning my wardrobe it has to be pumping stuff.

"I am lazy, also responsible, stubborn, not unreasonable, am a fun-loving easy going Taurean who likes getaways. I feel everybody needs to spend time with themselves," she rounds off giving a hint she may land up in designing jewellery some day.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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