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This year has been a mix of misery and elation: Padma Lakshmi on her 50th birthday

Padma Lakshmi posted a heartfelt note on her 50th birthday on Instagram

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | September 2, 2020 12:30:29 pm
padma lakshmiPadma Lakshmi just celebrated her 50th birthday. (Source: padmalakshmi/Instagram)

Padma Lakshmi turned 50 on September 1, 2020. On the occasion, the American author, activist, model and television host took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt note, reflecting on how the pandemic-ridden world impacted her.

Posting pictures of herself in bikini, the Top Chef host wrote, “This year (2020) has been a mix of misery and elation.” Lakshmi expressed that even though she was “lucky”, there were many others across the world who were deeply impacted by COVID-19. And in the wake of the crisis, she “felt an impending doom, a creeping anxiety” that she “could not shake”.

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Birthday thoughts ⛅️ This year has been a mix of misery and elation. The whole world was swallowed up by the plague In March. We were lucky but so many weren’t and I felt an impending doom, a creeping anxiety I could not shake. Then another Black life was taken and it was good that we all rose up- but so painful too. So painful that some of our fellow Americans could not even bring themselves to say that Black lives matter, some who hold our highest offices. But personally, at home things were peaceful. We made a cocoon for our family. We lived for the first time-all under one roof. We became closer. And professionally, I finally got to show the world what I would do if I got to build a show from scratch. 'Taste the Nation' was well received beyond my wildest dreams, 100% even on rotten tomatoes! But the best of all was hearing how all of you felt when you watched it, reading how families watched together. The episode with my mother and littlehands felt like a tribute to all my mother and millions of other immigrant parents had sacrificed. I cannot ask for anything more. I am truly blessed: a loving and attentive partner, a child that continues to be a miracle every day and work that I am proud of and fully engaged by with people I love. I am today very lucky. But I am also a product of the toil and troubles my younger self endured. And I thank that version of me. Thank you all so much for joining me on this trip. I have loved sharing it with all of you everyday (even the Trump supporters or those that disagree with me) #thisis50 #virgoseason

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The 50-year-old also recalled the unfortunate death of George Floyd and the Black uprising that followed thereafter. “Then another Black life was taken and it was good that we all rose up- but so painful too. So painful that some of our fellow Americans could not even bring themselves to say that Black lives matter, some who hold our highest offices,” she remarked.

At the same time, the pandemic brought family members closer to one another, and Lakshmi experienced the same. “We made a cocoon for our family. We lived for the first time-all under one roof. We became closer,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the food expert also started a new show called Taste the Nation that premiered in June 2020. Talking about its success, Lakshmi further wrote, “‘Taste the Nation’ was well received beyond my wildest dreams…The episode with my mother and littlehands felt like a tribute to all my mother and millions of other immigrant parents had sacrificed.”

Talking about how her experiences over the years helped her evolve, the mother-of-one added, “I am today very lucky. But I am also a product of the toil and troubles my younger self endured. And I thank that version of me.”

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