Karishma Upadhyay

Entertainment and Travel Writer

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Karishma Upadhyay is a long time film journalist and aficionado who loves to travel. Over the last 17 years, she has written for a number of publications including People Magazine, Hello, The Hindu, Forbes and The Telegraph. When not writing, she is obsessed with baking, Kanye West, fantasy fiction and indulging her wanderlust at every available opportunity.



Forbes India
Priyanka Chopra: Pushing boundaries

The year was 2000. Priyanka Chopra, all of 18, had just moved to Mumbai after becoming Miss India (World). Having won the Miss World title as well, she had stars in her eyes and her sights set firmly on becoming a superstar.

India Today
Quirky, Filmy Brides

From runaway brides to the quintessential ‘sharmilee bahu’, there are five prototypes of wedding belles that Bollywood loves.

The Juice
Cover Star: Varun Dhawan

We play 50 questions with Varun Dhawan and discover as many reasons to be crushing on him We're chatting up Varun Dhawan for our Valentine's issue, but we don't interrogate him about his relationship status. Not just because we want this slice of hunk all to ourselves, but because it's obvious the man is deeply in...

The Telegraph
Raees kohl, beard and SRK

Shah Rukh Khan is playing with a bow and arrow with AbRam. It's 8pm on a weekend night at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai's Bandra and Shah Rukh is busy promoting his next release Raees. The Rahul Dholakia-directed film has the actor playing a man running a bootlegging business in Gujarat.


Forbes India
Finding Westeros: Mapping locations used in Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Harbour preens under northern ireland's summer sun in hues of blue, brown and green, but it hasn't quite shed its foreboding on-screen avatar as Lordsport Harbour in Pyke, one of the Iron Islands in the fictional world of Westeros.

Outlook Traveller
Indonesia: Enchanting Isles of Bali & Flores

On my first morning in Bali, I see a slender feminine fig­ure, dressed in a bright ba­tik sarong. She lays a basket brimming with frangipani blossoms, a few grains of rice and a coin in a carved niche by the entrance to her home.

Roads & Kingdoms
GTFO: Day-Tripping Around Mumbai

The sea, the architecture, the food-there's so much to love about Mumbai. But with the endlessly snarled traffic, the overwhelming crowds, and the constant sensory saturation, there's also a lot to love. Getting out, even just for a day, even if you're only visiting, is sometimes necessary, not just for pleasure, but to maintain your sanity.

Forbes India
The culinary secrets of Vietnam

The streets in Saigon are full of vendors selling local food, including chicken and ornamental fishImage: Justin Mott / Bloomberg via Getty Images Crossing the road in a Vietnamese city is almost a religious experience. Stepping off the sidewalk and into an unstoppable river of motorbikes is daunting even if you are used to peak-hour traffic anywhere in India.

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