Golf Goddess

Golf Goddess

She took up the game of golf at the age of 11 years and was referred to as ‘too playful’ to pursue the game seriously.

Confused? Don’t be surprised as I am talking about the 20 year old Sharmila Nicollet, the glam face of Indian golfing scene. Capable of hitting a long ball all the way to 300 yards, Nicollet is going from strength to strength. Till date, this young golf icon of the country has won eight Amateur Championships and finished amongst the top ten in over 25 tournaments. After representing India at the Asian Games in Doha in 2006, she became the youngest lady golfer to win the All India Amateur Championship in 2007-2008 along with 7 Open Amateur Championships. She has also qualified at LETQ School and has got a full tour card of LET for 2012. Nicollet was in Delhi to show her outstanding skills at the recently held 17th edition of the Business Today-Honda Pro-Am of Champions. Smriti Mehra, country’s first woman golfer said, “Sharmila is a complete package for golf in India, complete with talent, skills and that x factor.”

Up-close with Nicollet:

Who is real Sharmila Nicollet?
Apart from being a golfer, I would say Sharmila Nicollet is self dependent, fashionista, aspiring aspirant, globetrotter, junkie, gizmo freak and a lover of cars and modification.

Other sports you played and love apart from golf?
I was a state level swimmer and an athlete. I also played basketball, tennis and love horse riding. Now I have no time and don’t want to risk injury and decided to quit other sports to be fully committed and dedicated to golf.

Who introduced you to the world of golf?
My cousins who played the game introduced me to golf. What initially started as a fun thing to do, soon became a deep-rooted interest. The passion was so much that I turned my back on the US university scholarships to follow my dream of becoming a successful professional golfer.

Things that you enjoy?
I enjoy all types of music, auto motor sports, perfumery, fashion, photography, gadgets, TV shows, animals and sometimes humans.

What’s your sun sign?
My sun sign is Pieces and believe me I have all the traits of a true Piscean, which means I am a big time dreamer.

Your school life and education?
I did my schooling from Bishop Cotton Girls’ School and Bangalore International School finishing my class tenth and twelfth privately. I am now doing a degree privately. In my school days, I was an athlete and a swimmer. I also became a national level swimming champion.

You wouldn’t mind eating?
I am an Italian food connoisseur and like indulging in pasta and pizza tasting sessions. I have special liking for sushi and I also enjoy eating oysters.

Your last holiday?
Though I am a globetrotter, I always choose Goa for a holiday. I feel I belong to Goa and this is why I spend a lot of time in the beach paradise.

Your favourite holiday destinations abroad
I like Paris for its undulating charm. No matter how many times I visit the city, I feel Paris always draws me, may be because I have French roots. Another destination I like visiting is New York, the city that exuberates fashionable splendour.

Things that people don’t know about you?
People don’t know that I modify cars. I am passionate about cars and racing and this is why I enjoy modifying the complete look of cars, both exterior and interior. And I am a great photography buff. I never leave a destination without a few clicks.

Favourite Bollywood stars?
I would say Ranbir Kapoor because he is really talented as well as goodlooking.

Do you enjoy reading?
Yes, I love to read in between flights or whenever I get time. I enjoy reading thrillers like the ones written by Shidney Sheldon.

We know that you are an animal lover. Do you have pets as well?
Yes, I have 9 dogs at my mother’s place in Bangalore. Whenever I am around, I love spending time with them. I soon plan to start and animal foundation. This will be a small initiative to take care of homeless animals.

What do you aspire to do in the coming future?
Two things – Firstly, I would like to change the face of women golf scene by playing more and winning more and more. And secondly, I would like to start my own fashion line as I aspire to bring fashion to sports in India.

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Wild Grass Homestay near Wayanad in Nilgiris

Wild Grass Homestay near Wayanad in Nilgiris

The green landscape of Wayanad is sure to lure you. The land of lush forest turns even greener with the downpour. Here’s your chance to watch the slow walks of elephants, quick runs of deer and chirping of countless birds.

Set amidst this region is Wild Grass, a homestay that will give your holiday a new outlook. Nestled amidst lush green valley, cloud-kissing peaks, gushing waterfalls, steep valley, rushing streams and breathtaking views, the homestay offers all the latest amenities. The setting looks straight out of storybook and climate is perfect for a monsoon retreat.

Do it yourself
• The hosts give Kerala sarees and lungi’s to guests to try out the local dress
• Trek down to Cherangode
• Take a tour at the Edekkal Caves
• Play indoor and outdoor games
• Get an authentic Kerala ayurvedic massage
• Buy ayurvedic oils and cosmetic products

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Spa retreat at Sohum Spa @ Madhubhan Resorts and Spa, Anand in Gujarat

Spa retreat at Sohum Spa @ Madhubhan Resorts and Spa, Anand in Gujarat

Recently I had a beautiful relaxation experience somewhere I had never imagined I would get one. I was in Anand and was lucky to stay at Madhubhan Resort and Spa, a magnificent luxury resort situated amidst verdant surroundings of the Charotar region of Gujarat.

Equipped with modern amenities and luxurious accommodation, the resort promises gifts of relaxation and complete rejuvenation. Sohum Spa at Madhubhan is a 10,000 sq. ft. wellness sanctuary that is dotted with water bodies and natural beauty. Designed to bestow its guests with thorough spiritual harmony, Sohum Spa offers best of the Ayurvedic, Oriental and other internal holistic therapy treatments. The moment I entered into the spa, a sudden whiff of aromatic oils, fragrance emanating from the perfumed waters, rose petals and the herb concoction in the sunken bath tubs welcomed me in to this wellness sanctuary. Sohum has integrated healing and wellness modalities from various streams of healing with pampering experiences like Shirodhara, Native American Hot Stone therapy, Meru healing, Pressotherapy, detoxifying body polishes, hydro-soak therapies apart from other facial and hair treatments.

I commenced by journey in this wellness fortress with a cool, caffeine free beverage that was followed by a relaxing foot wash ritual that cleansed all my built up stress. The therapists at Sohum at Madhubhan took me on a journey of stress release. Developed by spa trainers, the signature body work therapy is perfect for a fitness enthusiast as the therapy is an integration of sports massage and Thai acupressure techniques that are very effective in working on deep tissue, fascia and muscles. At the end of this signature massage, I was served jasmine tea, which further detoxed my system.

Simultaneously, you can try an array of herbal teas at Chai bar situated within the periphery of the resort.

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