On Brunch's 10th anniversary, we asked our favourite celebrities – those we have featured often in the magazine – to tell us what Brunch means to them.
We were overwhelmed by their warmth and so glad to see that they still read it every Sunday. (They text us feedback every now and then – that's 10 years worth of texts. Wow!) Here's what they said about Brunch turning 10...
|Gautam Gambhir, cricketer|
I like the lively content of Brunch. It has a very guy or girl-next-door kind of feel... From Vir Sanghvi’s reviews to the back-of-the-book quick interviews, Brunch is a complete package. Good luck!
|Karan Johar, filmmaker|
Brunch completes a decade, and it has emerged as an individualistic voice, breaking the clutter of entertainment and lifestyle reportage. It makes for compelling reading and always makes sure you stay connected to the happenings around you, and it does so with flair and restraint. More power to a Brunch that fulfils reader appetite and still leaves space for dessert!
Most people would consider what I read quite boring. (I don’t really read human interest stories or the supplements...) I’m a boring guy. Brunch is therefore my window to fun once a week. It has well-written stories on subjects that I don’t usually read about (like the recent cover story on tigers at the Panna Reserve). Rajiv Makhni’s tech column is useful for a tech-cretin like me to be able to stand up to a tech-wiz like my wife. Seema Goswami writes well, especially when she writes on women’s empowerment! All in all, Brunch is good fun! May the force be with you!
|Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, author|
Thank you Brunch, for finding my words such fine friends, and for keeping my Sunday solitude such able company.
|Ritu Dalmia, chef/entrepreneur |
There is a strong emotional relationship between me and Brunch. In 2004, I met Poonam Saxena, the editor of the yet-to-be launched Brunch and she was so excited about the whole concept. At that time, Diva Café was just one in number. Today, Brunch has turned 10 and I have six Diva Cafés. In fact, many years ago, I had this thought of becoming a gourmet tour operator and my very first trip to Turkey happened with Brunch. Even though I soon realised that this wasn’t my cup of tea, my association with Brunch has grown. I look at every edition of Brunch keenly and have a vested interest in reading Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi, which is definitely one of the best columns on food. Great going Brunch!
|Maria Goretti, chef and TV host|
Brunch is like family to me. My love story with the magazine grew when they asked me to write on food and recipes for their website. It gave me the most wonderful experience and exposure and of course oodles of encouragement as a chef and writer. Brunch is quirky but simple, intelligent but loads of fun. In short, Brunch rocks.
|Jerry Pinto, author|
Brunch is well-named. It is just as cheerful and just as champagne-soaked as a good brunch should be.
|Palash Sen, lead singer of the band Euphoria|
Brunch is my Sunday morning dose of positivity in a media scenario that’s flooded with the news of greed, corruption and lies. It is a reassurance of the hope, happiness and fun that prevails on a Sunday morning. The doctor in me prescribes a weekly dosage of Brunch for a euphoric Sunday and the rest of the week. All the music I have heard in the past few years has been prescribed to me by Sanjoy Narayan in his column Download Central... Music Medicine for the Medi‘sin’ Man!
|Ajay Bijli, chairman and managing director, PVR Limited|
I remember when Brunch did a cover story on PVR. During the shoot in my formal business attire, my then five-year-old son jumped on my lap and made what was supposed to be a serious photograph into a most memorable one, where we both had huge smiles on our faces! I still have that picture by my bedside.
I read Brunch every Sunday. It’s amazing how much interesting information gets condensed in such a thin supplement.
|Manoj Bajpayee, actor|
Brunch has been a big part of my life over these years. It has been a privilege to be featured in the magazine so many times. Unlike most others, Brunch is both cerebral and fun. What is commendable is the number of topics it covers in its tiny format. I look forward to reading Brunch cover stories and Vir Sanghvi’s Rude Food the most!
|Raveena Tandon, actress|
Brunch is my perfect wake-me-up on Sundays – it’s the perfect accompaniment to my morning cup of chai... I especially enjoy reading the columns, they make for an interesting fun read and since I too have been a Brunch columnist, there will always be a special connect for me.
|Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director, The Walt Disney Company (India)|
Congratulations to Brunch on the completion of 10 successful years. I have been reading the magazine for years now and it’s a perfect Sunday read. Also, on-ground initiatives like Brunch Dialogues are quite unique and we’ve had some very successful associations with them on our movies over the years.
|David Abraham, fashion designer|
I have been reading Brunch every Sunday for the last 10 years and I still look forward to enjoying it over a late cup of coffee or a big breakfast. I enjoy reading Vir’s column (Rude Food), so I can vicariously visit all the posh places he goes to.
|Arvind Gaur, theatre director|
Brunch has always given prominence to culture, which had been pushed to the periphery in mainstream newspapers. I impatiently wait for my copy of the magazine every Sunday!
|Suneet Varma, fashion designer|
I really enjoy the magazine and look forward to it every Sunday. It has a current round-up of everything you need to know – lifestyle, fashion or latest trends. What I also love is that it’s daring and seeks to be an opinionmaker. They have stories on divorces, Section 377 or what the youth is shaping up to be. It’s a joy to read Brunch.
|J J Valaya, fashion designer|
I have to admit that I look forward to Brunch. Perhaps no other magazine packages technology, food, travel and more so perfectly, topping it up with a rather interesting last page!
|Amit Burman, industrialist|
Brunch is a favourite Sunday morning brunch-time companion not only for me, but, I am sure, for millions of others too. The magazine is an absolute delight! It’s like a breath of fresh air in this sea of lifestyle magazines. Personally, I love reading Vir Sanghvi’s Rude Food column. Being in the food business and a die-hard foodie myself, it is an absolute must-read for me. And the day is never complete without reading Personal Agenda! Wish you guys all the best and please keep up the good work!
|Anu Malik, music composer|
Brunch is HT and HT is Brunch. Every week I get a masterclass in food. I’m a great fan of Vir Sanghvi and love the way he writes about restaurants. Whether it’s about the latest films or great women achievers, you can read just about everything in Brunch. Recently, I really liked (Shikha Sharma’s) piece on herbs that help you beat stress. My only wish for Brunch is that it grows more and more and that it covers the positive side of India.
|Amaan Ali Khan, musician|
I am partial towards Brunch. It’s the only magazine which realises the potential of young talent in the country. Brunch has given young musicians like us and many others space in their pages and been most encouraging of our talent. Ayaan and I have thoroughly enjoyed shoots with them and speaking with them on various occasions. They were the first of their kind and will always remain unparalleled.
From HT Brunch, February 23
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