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The yogi who ditched the ramp

A top international model-turned-yogi is in the city to bring about some transformation

books Updated: May 31, 2013 01:44 IST
Soumya Mukerji

The man you may remember from Elton John’s ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’ doesn’t care about appearances anymore. Former international model Cameron Alborzian, who gave up glamour to turn a yogi in 1998 after a meeting with Nelson Mandela, has just released his new book — The One Plan — a one-year guide to spirituality and holistic living, and he hopes others will also stop looking outward for happiness.

You tell him how there’s a deluge of self-help books and many are likely to miss it or write it off as yet another sell-soul title, and he answers with conviction, “The reason this book is pertinent is that it gives you guidance on how to change your life over a year, based on Ayurveda and Yoga, which are established, deep-rooted practices in tradition.” But then there’s always a sceptic or two lurking around, questioning how a Westerner can teach us our own culture.

“It’s like saying only Indians can eat Indian food! I love Indian food, anyone can eat it or cook it,” Alborzian, 46, born to an English mother and Iranian father, laughs off, dismissing their doubts.

He says he has happily moved on from ruling the Parisian ramp and being the face of some top fashion brands. “Fashion is good for a young person, it’s like a great party. But at some point you’ve got to leave the party, and I like to leave while I’m having a great time!”