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What it takes to be a badminton champion

Born to an Indian father and Chinese mother, Jwala Gutta is one of India’s top woman badminton players. A seven-time winner of the National Badminton Doubles Championship, Jwala has also won the National Badminton Championship three times and is an Arjuna Awardee too.

entertainment Updated: Apr 30, 2011 19:47 IST
Veenu Singh

Born to an Indian father and Chinese mother, Jwala Gutta is one of India’s top woman badminton players. A seven-time winner of the National Badminton Doubles Championship, Jwala has also won the National Badminton Championship three times and is an Arjuna Awardee too. With her partner, Ashwini Ponappa, Jwala makes one of the deadliest doubles pair on the Indian badminton court

One word that describes you best?
Lively.

If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?
I would just smile.

What makes you feel sexy?
A saree.

The colour ‘pink’ for you is...
...Very cute and girly. I love it.

A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
It would be in Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city.

The weirdest thing that went into your mouth?
It happened in Japan. I thought it was chocolate, but it was a cockroach dipped in chocolate!

What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I gave it to my dad.

You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
A cycle, as that’s the only one I’m familiar with.

A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Airplanes by BoB featuring Hayley.

If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?

I am extremely pleased with my name so I’d stick to it.jwala

You get high on...
Clothes.

What makes your day?
Happy faces around me.

What screws it up?
Sulkers and cribbers.

Your first kiss was...
When I was 17.

Share a secret with us... you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
Hmmm... I have a big crush on a movie star. Will tell him soon.

Love is...
Love is blind, dumb and deaf too, as when you are in love, all your senses stop working.

Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.
Never thought about it. Pluto maybe as I love cold places!

The last time you rode on a bus?
It happened nine years ago.

If you were the last person left on Earth, what would you do?
I would find a way to create life again.

The last movie that made you cry?
PS I love you. It really touched my heart

Life in the fast food lane: choose your menu
All yummy street food, such as bhel puri, paani puri and chaat

If you could have had a star perform at your wedding, who would it have been and why?
Either akshay kumar or Malaika Arora

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