HindustanTimes Wed,11 Aug 2010

Priyanka, Bebo's war on the web
Hiren Kotwani and Rachana Dubey, Hindustan Times
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Mumbai, August 10, 2010
First Published: 12:12 IST(10/8/2010)
Last Updated: 14:21 IST(10/8/2010)
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Kareena Kapoor will soon flag off a travel blog in which she will recount her visits to various destinations around the globe on film shoots. Says Kapoor, "My journey as a writer started with essays in school. More recently, I wrote the introduction for my dietician Rujuta Divekar's book, Don't
Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight
, and rediscovered my talent for penning my thoughts." The actor is currently in London, shooting with Shah Rukh Khan for his superhero fantasy, Ra.One.

Kareena KapoorShe insists that writing has helped her evolve as a person. And now, family and friends are keen that she publishes her writings. "Eventually I will," she says. "But meanwhile, there are several interesting anecdotes from my travels that I can share directly with my fans."

Kapoor will also be writing the introduction to Divekar's next book that deals with working women and health issues. Meanwhile, after waiting for a year-and-a-half,, Priyanka Chopra's personal website, went 'live'. And since Sunday, 6 pm, it has already been accessed by over a lakh fans. When asked why she hadn't opted for, the actor said that it wasn't available!

"I was 17 when I won the Miss World title but even back then, when I'd checked, the domain name had been taken," she informs, describing her website as a much-desired online scrapbook. "The look will change everyday and sometime soon, you will be able to see my childhood photographs and other memorabilia on it."

For now it features her tweets, Facebook updates, wallpapers, ringtones, exclusive videos and photos from her shoots for free downloading. There's also a section for fans to write to her and one for press interactions.

Says Chopra, "The latter is an application you would hardly ever find on any other celebrity website. Since there are so many rumours about me circulating, I thought it was necessary. If someone wants an official confirmation on any story, they can subscribe to my website and ask for it. My team will check its credibility and revert."

However, she insists that she will not talk about her personal life on this public platform or let anyone peep into her private space. "Even in my tweets, I don't give away too much," she points out.

Kapoor on the other hand finds blogging far more interactive than Twitter, Facebook or even a website: "Readers can ask questions, critically analyse anything I write or kick off discussions. It bring us a lot closer."

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