Inspirational Quotes from Twinkle Khanna

By | July 20, 2016

The good part about getting older is you stop trying to prove anything to anyone, including yourself. All you are in the pursuit of is collecting experiences – beautiful, fragile little soap bubbles that you store in your heart, and every once in a while you pull one out and gaze at the delicate pictures it shows you.

Twinkle Khanna

I like to see the world from different levels. Even when I’m making a candle or designing a piece, I like to sit on the floor to polish or make it from scratch. I haven’t seen really tough times, but my husband has come up the hard way. He has even seen poverty.

Twinkle Khanna

Naming me ‘Twinkle’ was a foolproof way of making sure that I would get teased throughout my life, have immigration officers at various airports stare at my passport and shake with hysterical laughter, and strangers stalk me with WhatsApp messages like, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, little star, I hope you get hit by a car!’

Twinkle Khanna

My husband and my son are both such positive-thinking optimists. Together, they’ve succeeded in making me a bit like them. I am looking at the brighter side of life and enjoying this phase of my life the most.

Twinkle Khanna

I remember joining a boarding school in the sixth grade. I was lazy, complacent, and fat. Suddenly, I realised that I had to fend for myself. That’s when I discovered this drive within myself. For the first time, I ranked first in class, which was a miracle in itself. However, it didn’t matter to my family.

Twinkle Khanna

I think till I reached my mid-30s, I just rebelled and rebelled. But eventually, the one thing I did pick up from mom was paying attention to my hair. We all put eggs, oil, dahi, even beer in our hair.

Twinkle Khanna

Some people are diplomatic, some people are outspoken, but the next generation is very clear. People are speaking their mind out. People are worried about other things besides their own careers. It’s not accurate to say that they don’t speak out.

Twinkle Khanna

For all the oddballs and misfits out there, eventually, if you just follow your path, you will reach somewhere no one else has. You are uniquely meant to do something that only you can do.

Twinkle Khanna

I start my day with a hot water and lemon routine. I meditate. And I take my problems lightly, like my mother always said: treat them like helium balloons and let them go. I devour a lot of books to feed my mind.

Twinkle Khanna

Walk, run, cycle – When you live inside your head for such long periods of time, you have to open the windows, air it out a bit, let sunlight stream into all the dark and dusty corners of your mind.

Twinkle Khanna

I just became less rebellious with clothes, and today, I can slip into appropriate attire according to what the occasion requires, but off the red carpet, I am not that particular about what I wear, and comfort is my main priority.

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I seem to be known as much by the moniker ‘Mrs Funnybones’ as my own name these days. The book was about how a modern woman looks at India and how India looks right back at her. I am glad that India seems to be looking back at me with a grin.

Twinkle Khanna

My father believed in astrology. His astrologer had predicted that his daughter would become a writer someday. My father would nag me, but I didn’t write a word till he passed away. I wish he could see me now.

Twinkle Khanna

You won’t believe it, but my grandfather named me. And the choices were between Sparkle, Sprinkle and Twinkle. So, thank God, they chose Twinkle.

Twinkle Khanna

Sometimes kids want a hamburger, but I’ll fill it up with a quinoa tikki. We eat makhana instead of popcorn; we even take it to the movie theater! I also mash up a lot of vegetables and put it in the aata, so they don’t realise they are eating vegetables.

Twinkle Khanna

Today, it’s about gender equality, not neutrality. Anyone who doesn’t agree would be a bit of an idiot.

Twinkle Khanna

Read everything you can get your hands on: Programme your mind to read all the time and everywhere – even in the bathroom; skim through the lines printed on the back of shampoo bottles and sanitary napkin packets.

Twinkle Khanna

I think when you wear so many hats, be it of a mom or a working woman, you need to feel good and look good as well.

Twinkle Khanna

I grew up in a bustling household of women with my mom, granny, and aunts. Seeing all these strong women taking charge of their lives and living it to the fullest was a great inspiration while growing up.

Twinkle Khanna

Eat carbohydrates: All these protein diets may help you twirl prettily in a size-2 dress, but if you want your mind to take a few marvelous leaps, then you have to give it the food it needs.

Twinkle Khanna

If people see anything I do and the way I live my life, there is no ambiguity about me being a feminist.

Twinkle Khanna

Chiki Sarkar edited ‘Mrs Funnybones,’ and she is a ruthless but kind editor to work with. The only lesson I learnt during this process was to say, ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ and re-write.

Twinkle Khanna

My frankness has got me into a lot of trouble. I try to temper it down now. As you get older, you get wiser.

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Writing is a way of drifting within my own mind: almost a solitary process, so to speak.

Twinkle Khanna

I don’t need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. Akshay snores so loudly that I’m usually awake the entire night!

Twinkle Khanna

Akshay’s idea of a romantic date is a six-kilometre jog, followed by 500 crunches… together! Eeeeks!

Twinkle Khanna

Akshay’s idea of a romantic date is a six-kilometre jog, followed by 500 crunches… together! Eeeeks!

Twinkle Khanna

My father was very fond of reading. It was something we did at our home. I don’t think it fits the way people think Bollywood works, but that’s who we are.

Twinkle Khanna

My granny was always mourning about the fact I wear dull, stained jeans or don’t brush my hair.

Twinkle Khanna

Sometimes I do give in to a scoop of sitaphal ice cream from Naturals or a chocolate chip cookie.

Twinkle Khanna

I learnt how to make candles when I was a kid. My mom used to make them. Then, when I broke my leg once and couldn’t really move around, I started playing around with it… putting the scent inside and dried flowers, and that’s it.

Twinkle Khanna

Sometimes I am glad I am not a philosopher – how would I ever complete a single chain of thought when someone is constantly asking me to do something? I don’t think Plato would have been able to write his dialogues if he had a wife who kept bugging him to pass the pita bread.

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It is only through reading that one can understand how people are smarter than you and what they have left behind for you.

Twinkle Khanna

I’ve had my nose in a book my whole life. I never thought it would be useful, but it is now. What’s really nice is that I don’t have a photographic memory, so words get blurred, thoughts get mixed up, and they come out as something new.

Twinkle Khanna

Mrs Funnybones’ is based and structured around my columns, and it’s about how a modern woman looks at India and how India looks right back at her. Since I have a weakness for illustrations, there are also a few funny illustrations in there as well.

Twinkle Khanna

Now that I look back, all the things that I was teased about, became game changers and my strengths. That’s what we have to learn as mothers. We push our children so much to be perfect, but it’s their imperfections that make them unique.

Twinkle Khanna

Relish being an oddball: Well-behaved, well-adjusted people are hopeless storytellers and, honestly, terribly boring.

Twinkle Khanna

When your name is Twinkle, you are a bookworm, and a fat child, then you have to be ready to be made fun of. As a child, I used my fists a lot, but then the tongue seemed like a better option. So I started using words as a sword to jab fun at myself.

Twinkle Khanna

I love to eat makhanas, and I always keep a packet in my car.

Twinkle Khanna

I’m not romantic; I’m very practical. There are lots of fish in the sea; so whoever gets struck with your rod, one is as good as another.

Twinkle Khanna

I am not a performing seal. In your writing, you are tapping into the part that is ‘the best’ in you. But what you are also filters through in your writing your prejudices, your bitterness. I am not a pretentious person.

Twinkle Khanna

Once, I went to the premiere of a film, and the producer asked me if I liked it. I said it’s crap. But I don’t say that anymore. Now I say I have to think about it. If you ever hear me say that, you know the answer!

Twinkle Khanna

I’m just a normal girl. People have these preconceived notions about what movie stars are about and how we’ve grown up. My mother is pretty regular and raised us just like anyone else.

Twinkle Khanna

I pretend that I was never in the movies. The only job I had before was selling prawns door to door. That’s what I tell myself. My kids have never seen my films. I’m too embarrassed to show them.

Twinkle Khanna

Do people think women from Bollywood aren’t smart?

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I don’t take too many things too seriously.

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No one has ever told me that I act badly. It is just that most of the films I did didn’t click.

Twinkle Khanna

Barsaat’ was a wonderful experience, but it took a long time in the making, and that got very tedious.

Twinkle Khanna

I’m a different person who’s not my father or my mother. I want to be treated differently from them. I am myself, Twinkle Khanna. I am proud of being the daughter of such illustrious parents, but I would not like to be compared with them time and again.

Twinkle Khanna

I still remember, when I got my fees for ‘Barsaat,’ I ran into a car showroom and purchased a Maruti Esteem. I treasure that car more than anything else in the world.

Twinkle Khanna

The editor of a newspaper, who is an old friend, asked me to write a column. According to her, I cracked lame jokes all the time and read voraciously.

Twinkle Khanna

I am into the candle business, have a home store, The White Window, and interior designing is my primary occupation, though writing now seems to have become better known.

Twinkle Khanna

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