It's Great To Be Me: Usha Uthup
When an interview for a cover story opens this unexpectedly, youre somewhat at a loss for words especially when the query comes from the countrys original pop diva (dressed immaculately as always, in her trademark silk saree).
But Usha Uthup, the beloved 64-year-old original Didi of Kolkata (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee being only a recent addition to the citys Didi), radiates natural warmth, almost her USP. We lap up the bread, omelette, chai and get on.
Her room in Studio Vibrations, a four-storey building tucked in an alley off one of central Kolkatas busiest and congested roads, is a contrast to her flamboyant, colourful self. A simple studytable and a handful of cushioned chairs, plaques, trophies and a few framed photographs some of them sepia-tinted make up the roomscape. On the table are bangles and earrings arranged neatly in transparent pouches, and packets of the signature Usha Uthup bindi, embossed with the first letter of Kolkatas Bengali spelling. Naturally our discussion veered around her sartorial choices, considered a miss-match for her profession. (From Good Housekeeping India)
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