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MasterChef, author or ambassador, Pankaj Bhadouria has nailed it all!




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From Winning the MasterChef Season 1 to becoming a Celebrity Chef, an author and the Brand Ambassador of many renowned brands, Pankaj Bhadouria has come a long way. Hers is a journey marked by many illustrious milestones.
A great story in writing, from a high school teacher to the well-known Chef, Pankaj Bhadouria has sailed through each difficulty with perfection.


A truly inspirational personality, she has hosted the TV shows Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka, Kifayati Kitchen, 3 Course with Pankaj, Rasoi se — Pankaj Bhadouria ke Saath, Sales Ka Baazigar. She was the first MasterChef Winner worldwide to have an official MasterChef Cookbook in her name and has written two more cookery books, namely Barbie- I am a Chef, and Chicken from my Kitchen.

Wordhazard brings you the tête-à-tête with the Chef. Read on!

WH: How will you describe Pankaj Bhadouria? Is she different from the one on the screen?

Pankaj Bhadouria: (smiles while thinking for second) I really don’t change myself, be it on-screen or off-screen.

The only difference is that, off the screen, let’s say, I am teaching a class of about 20 to 30 people, and the camera is taking it 20 to 30 million people.

WH: How were you as a kid? Did the cooking talent come to you naturally or did you learn it by years of practice?

Pankaj Bhadouria: Well, I was a tomboy till late in my life. I loved food, both eating & cooking it. Both of my parents were excellent cooks. The best thing that strengthened my bond with food was family time.

Giving most of the credit to family, Pankaj Bhadouria says, “The kitchen was the common room for us where me, dad mom and my younger brother, all four of us used meet, where my mother cooked and my father helped and we used to watch and enjoy cooking.”

WH: You chose English as the subject of your graduation and authored many books. Which book/s made a great impact on you and you would like the young generation to read?

Pankaj Bhadouria: Yes, of late I read the book ‘The Alchemist’.

I was a voracious reader anything that came into my hand. Newspapers, travel magazines, food magazines, Mills and Boon, Barbara Cartland, you name it! I loved reading History too.

But ‘The Alchemist’ really made a great change. One of the best, concise and deep novelty, it will really help you if you understand it.

WH: Apart from MasterChef, did any metamorphic experience influence you in a monumental way?

Pankaj Bhadouria: When I was 13, my father passed away. We had to do everything on our own, had no support system so it kind of hard for us and made us very self-sufficient. I don’t get worked up easily.
God has given me a lot of patience and it was the one drastic period that molded my personality.

WH: You have a great sense of dressing as you have over cooking. What is your take on that?

Pankaj Bhadouria: I dress to please myself. Up to this point, I didn’t change myself even after the Masterchef.



WH: Your husband and you make a very cute couple, and for sure you give serious couple goals! What is that makes you both different?

Pankaj Bhadouria(proudly & lovingly ) He is the one who has built the brand, you must understand this. Pankaj Bhadouria is just this person who won the Master chef, but he is the one who has actually built everything– the restaurant ,the Academy. It is his brain behind it. He has been a big support, rock of the family. He is not behind me, he is right next to me. He is the reason why I’m able to roam around the world very easily without any thoughts.

WH: How did MasterChef happen to you? Right from its highs down to the lows, what led you to the greatest winning?

Pankaj Bhadouria: There was this advertisement, a commercial running on the television. My kids said “Mom you are an excellent cook” and inspired me to go for it. I made the call got selected!
And this was the first of its kind. I said “why not” I went there, sailed through the auditions, journeyed from Mumbai to the last win.

WH: You always keep Lucknow inside you and in your dishes always reflect a Lakhnavi touch. What does Lucknow mean to you?

Pankaj Bhadouria: Lucknow is all about its refinement and my food reflects how the city is. So somewhere down the lane, you learn a lot about food that it isn’t necessarily needed as loud and robust that’s what I love about Lakhnavi food. When I went for my audition, I carried a French dish “Chicken Roulade” and the stuffing inside was the Galawati Kebab. So you know, Lucknow somewhere lived there.

WH: You are an inspirational figure to millions of women. How do you suggest them to find that push to become what they want to?

Pankaj Bhadouria: Please understand this, the urge comes from within. Nobody can push you to do anything, it only comes from within. For me, quitting my job was a personal decision and, fortunately my entire family supported me. If somebody wants to do something, then they must do it themselves. It is you who decide why you want to do that, for personal satisfaction, for supporting your family.

WH: How do you think women must be empowered?

Pankaj Bhadouria: Woman is a very powerful force in driving the society. Social norms and rules are very deeply grained, but then nobody is asking anyone to play by the rules. If you are good in whatever you do, if you are managing your home efficiently, you are a good manager.

If you are doing things on your own, you are an empowered woman. You want to step out and work, that is entirely your choice. If you have support, so much the better. If you don’t have that support then you have to generate that support for yourself.
If you want to do something and your family is not supporting you, then you should ask yourself that “what it is that I want to do?” Also, you must have a shared responsibility with your spouse.

There is nobody who could push you to do anything, nobody who can force you to do anything. It is you can always make a way out. It’s just that simple.

Interviewed & Written By: Aishwarya & Yashdeep

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Gulzar : The art of weaving magic with words.

Shatakshi Saxena



“Ek taslim ko har baar meri aankh jhuki hai, aapko dekh ke badi der se meri saans ruki hai.”

This is how we feel when we read or listen to the eternal lines penned by the living legend, Gulzar Saab. His words are so intricately written, they never fail to make our heart skip a beat. Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra, he adopted Gulzar as his pen name. For so many years now he has excelled the art of Urdu and Hindi poetry.
He has always believed that nostalgia is the most important aspect for a writer. Even though nostalgia is distracting, he feels it and brings out the deepest thoughts to paper. If we talk about his genre, it is something uncountable. He has written for almost everything we usually wonder about. From “Aey zindagi gale laga le” to the patriotic “Aey watan, watan mere abaad rahe tu”, he has written about everything. Generations have loved to listen to his lines, for they are so full of realism and life.
Patriotism, love, heartbreak, life, relationships and even some item numbers: Gulzar saab has made them all feel so powerful. His love for words and expressions reflect in his work. His exquisite quotes have inspired many and still continue to remain the best. Here are some of his glorious works:











The man whose charisma reflects in his work has ruled Bollywood for ages. His personality in itself portrays a poet who has the honor of weaving most beautiful thoughts into words. There never was and can never be another Gulzar. He has given the industry the gift of unmatched literature.
When his words are given the beats of music, they become the most echoed songs of Bollywood. His poetry creates the magic that is absolutely soulful. Every soul feels the words written by Gulzar saab. His greatest possession as a poet has been the respect and connectivity people feel with him.
On his birthday today, Wordhazard pays tribute to the only unique man with an extraordinary art: Gulzar Saab.

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the pillar of Indian politics quietly passed away.

Shatakshi Saxena




Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The man who lived life to the fullest, was a great politician, a teacher, a writer, a journalist and above all, a lover of humanity. His charismatic persona seems so fresh even today after his sudden demise. He was not just a politician who reframed Indian politics but was a legend. A legend who lived for people and was settled to spread love and togetherness. Born in 1924, he had witnessed the freedom struggle and the urge to make India the finest country reflected in his actions. He was someone even the opposition respected for his personality. An orator whose words and poetry never failed to strike a chord left silently without uttering a single word.

Atal Ji when spoke, people sat down to listen to the master’s thoughts and philosophies to life. Each of his speech and words still echoes in the ears of every Indian. He was an inspiration, a lively person who never failed to sound exemplary. His words, his thoughts, and his journey will live in each of India’s citizen. His dreams and visions for India will continue to motivate every generation. Let us take a road down the memory lane and realize the greatness of the legend.


It’s difficult to summarize his commendable journey in a few words. His early political career began in 1942 and continued till 1975. It was his skills as an orator and writer when Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru predicted that Atal Ji would someday become the Prime Minister of India. He founded and established Bhartiya Janta Party as a National party. He pictured a fearless leader in 1996 upon his appointment as the Prime Minister of India. All his career, he fought for the right. He believed that there are differences in thoughts but there should never be any personal differences. 


It was under his jurisdiction that India performed their second nuclear test series at Pokhran. He did not fear the international powers and their pressure, for his first priority always remained India. It was under his jurisdiction that the Indian Army fearlessly fought Pakistan and won the Kargil War. Nothing feared him when it was about the betterment and safety of India. He was not a BJP leader but, the leader above all politics, for he truly served the nation.



The words “jhoojne ka mera iraada na tha, mod par milege iska waada na tha” still echo and motivate us. Atal ji wrote poetry about life, death, philosophy, happiness, love and what not! His poetry was as deep as an ocean and his words never failed to inspire us. He was a confident orator whose voice reflected the power and injected an energy in every citizen of India. He always had even the opposition hearing him silently for he always spoke beyond politics. If you ever heard him, his poems and voice always left everybody dumbstruck for the depth of his thoughts.



Atal Ji and LK Advani Ji were known as the Ram-Lakshman of Indian politics. They were not just political partners who worked for the growth of BJP but were an example of true friendship. A 65-year-old friendship today saw the loss of Ram. It doesn’t matter that he isn’t physically present today but this friendship will remain eternal in the books of Indian politics. They stood by each other in all the ups and downs and even today LK Advani ji stood beside his best friend. They made the party together, went to the prison together but how unfortunate Advani ji must have felt that he is the one left alone today.



Apart from a politician, he was a very heartwarming person. He was a lover of food, Indian music, and dance and loved to involve with people. He loved to live life, watch movies and always inspire people to stay happy. His persona was so positive that even a sad person ended up smiling. His gift of literature became his strength in politics. He loved to talk and his oration skills were par excellence. He had opposition parties but no one ever hated him. Atal ji was loved by all, for his soul was as pure as his words.  

There are very few people born like Atal Ji. The man who motivated people with his energetic speeches remains eternal. The man whose literature reflected life remains eternal. The man whom everyone loved for his pure soul remains eternal. Today, his eyes maybe shut but his words, charisma, oration, diplomacy, and humanity made him the purest soul ever born.

He was a rare gem awarded with the Bharat Ratna : his space can never be filled. His dreams will continue to inspire the country.

He was a politician but he will always be remembered as a positive, inspiring, poetic, full of life person. He was a rare gem and his space can never be filled. As he has always said :

“Mai jee bhar jeeyamai mann se marun

Laut kar aaungakooch se kyun darun.”


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Follow these success ‘mantras’ given by famous entrepreneurs and nail your goals!

Aishwarya Bhat



Inspiration, motivation, dedication and discipline are few main factors necessary for leading a successful startup. At times, situations arise where one feels lack of the driving force, when continuous failures hit and you see just the dead end. That’s the right point and right time where you need to go through few life-savouring lines, quoted by the successful entrepreneurs. And success is all yours to claim!
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There’s no end to the list of motivational thoughts, about all the successful startups. At the end, it’s your zeal and the effort within you, that will keep your determination high and lead you to success.
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