‘I want to be the perfect mother’

first_img S. Kannan New DelhiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 12:25 IST Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are proud parents to Izhaan Mairza-Malik (@MirzaSania Photo)Sania Mirza has been away from the tennis courts for almost a year and plans a comeback in the New Year. In an interview with Mail Today, she talks of pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood.Q: How would you look back at 2018, a year you decided to take a break from tennis and focus on raising a family?A: The pregnancy and the birth of my son, Izhaan, has been a truly exciting experience for me which has definitely touched and enriched my entire life in an amazing kind of way. I feel so grateful to God for making my life feel so complete and fulfilling.Q: Could you explain what it is like to be a mom? You adore your parents, so would you set any kind of goals for yourself in bringing up Izhaan?A: I don’t think I felt very maternal until I got pregnant and then everything changed. Whatever I ate, did or thought about was for my child that was yet to be born. And once, Izhaan was born, his needs and welfare were all that became the focus of my attention. My parents have done all they could for me and Anam (her sister) and I want to be the perfect mother to my son.Q: Is it possible for you to take the readers through your journey in 2018, the months leading up to the arrival of your son?A: I remained very active all through my pregnancy – of course, under the guidance of my doctors. It was important for me to demonstrate to myself and to those who cared that being pregnant was no impediment to living a normal life. Of course, I had to stop playing professional tennis but beyond that, not much changed. In fact, I was hitting tennis balls on court until a week before Izhaan was born, practising yoga and walking 3-4kms everyday during the last month of my pregnancy.advertisementQ: You have mentioned in an interview you are superstitious and would not like your son’s photos to be flashed in social media. Your thoughts on it?A: No, I don’t think I’m superstitious but I would like Izhaan to have as normal a childhood as possible without at any point feeling pressured.Q: Returning to the gym and training hard, how have you planned return to top fitness?A: I’ve already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness – but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload.Q: You have said in the past there is unfinished business for you at the Olympics, is Tokyo calling? How does the new protected ranking from the WTA help?A: Olympics is important to any athlete but when one is coming back to competition after pregnancy following a long break, it would be difficult to just focus on the one tournament – however big it may be. I will need to make short term goals and then see how things pan out. But yes, the Grand Slams and the Olympics will be the most important goals for me as they are for any other tennis player. Since we do not have another women’s player in the top 50 of the world, the only way I can expect to enter the Olympics will be for me to get back to top-10 of the world. For now, that remains a distant goal, considering that the earliest that I could probably get back on the Tour would be in September this year. That will give me exactly 1 year to start from scratch and achieve a top-10 ranking. This is not an easy task.Q: Serena Williams keeps talking about her child, even when she has just finished playing a tennis match. Do you think the arrival of a child changes the approach to life and he/she becomes most important in life?A: Yes, I agree that once you become a mother, the child becomes the most important part of one’s life and that’s what makes mothers so special.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow TennisFollow Izhaan Mirza-MalikFollow Shoaib Malik ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Sania Mirza opens up about her pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood in an exclusive chat with Mail Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

Upscale Whiskeys Pairings for All Your Bro Food

first_img Spectacular Failures Tells the Story of Businesses That Went Very, Very Wrong Think Outside the Box on Memorial Day and Try This Chili-Lime Grasshopper Recipe The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Pairing chicken wings, pretzels, and chocolate cake. Yes, we’re trying to drink whiskey at every meal.Whiskey Sommelier Chris Straka has spent 20 years working in the restaurant industry as a beverage manager, and is now the moonshine master at Denver’s new Hearth & Dram whiskey-focused bar (opening January 28)— a dark and wood-fired restaurant with 350+ whiskeys on the menu.We sat down with Straka in an attempt to add some manly posh to our sometimes not-so-classy meals. Thanks to his whiskey know-how, we’re happy to report there’s a craft bourbon or rye for every dish you’ll eat this month. Yes, chips and guacamole too.Pair it with…Seared SteakFor simple grilled steak, I would look for a really good Bourbon Manhattan. When you grill, you get a nice char, which is a caramelization of the meat, but also gives the steak a little bitterness. Made with a little sweet vermouth, the Bourbon Manhattan will give more sweetness to the dish and contrast nicely with the bitter grill marks.Soft Pretzel + Grey Poupon Mustard I’d go with one of my favorites, and a very important Colorado whiskey, Leopold Bros. Distillery. They make an American-style, lighter, softer, more approachable whiskey that is typically a little lighter than rich bourbons. Typically, the whiskey is not aged quite as long and doesn’t contain heavy caramel and fruit flavors. With that pretzel, Leopold’s will cut through the Dijon mustard and work nicely with the saltiness of the pretzel. A soft pretzel doesn’t have big, forward flavors, so a whiskey too heavy will overpower.Chips and GuacamoleCourtesy Compass Box WhiskeyScotch. Something not too crazy. There’s a producer called Compass Box. The one I recommend is the Hedonism. It’s really well balanced, smokey, with the hints of iodine you want to see in scotch. Normally with this dish you’d drink mescal which has smokeyness. Scotch would be similar. is so delicate it can be overpowered very easily. I’ll revert back to a cocktail. Something very simple like a Whiskey Collins; made with Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. This cocktail has a little more acidity to tone down the alcohol. This would pair very nice with something that would be delicate on the pallet.Pepperoni and Italian Sausage PizzaCourtesy Distillery 291A really nice Rye whiskey. There’s a really good Colorado one out of Colorado Springs, 291 Distillery. They call it their Colorado Whiskey because it’s heavy in Rye but not as heavy as most. Typically, a rye can be 80-95-percent rye, but they only use about 65 percent. You’re going to get more of a spice characteristic that way (pairing with the spice in the pepperoni and Italian sausage), but still a good amount of bourbon flavor, which brings a caramel and fruit flavor that compliments the tomato sauce. Definitely Rye with a pizza.Chocolate Cake One of the single greatest pairings with whiskey is a dark chocolate in the 70-72-percent coco range with an Islay Scotch. The reason is, that slightly sweet/slightly bitter richness pairs with the iodine of the scotch. Specifically, Islay scotch has more richness, more maltiness. I recommend Lagavulin— their 16-year is absolutely phenomenal.Spicy Chicken WingsI would want to go with a wheat whiskey. Wheat whiskey’s (produced with a higher amount of wheat) typically have a sweeter characteristic. One of my favorites will come from Dry Fly Distilling out of Spokane, Washington. It’s got great complexity and is extremely well balanced. Any time it’s a spicy dish you want to have a little bit of sweetness to your whiskey pairing. Otherwise the heat can make the alcohol heavier on your pallet and bring out more of the burn.Mac & CheeseCourtesy Maker’s MarkStay with a really well balanced whiskey; I would go with a Maker’s Mark. If you wanted to up the ante, Maker’s Mark Reserve. And I would want it on the rocks. This is a really good sipping whiskey. It’s very smooth and won’t overpower the mac & cheese— which is not a complex dish. Stay away from your ryes. Cheese can be interesting because it’s fattiness sticks on your pallet. Maker’s Mark is a good drinking bourbon, and since they have a higher wheat, but they aren’t a wheat whiskey, it’s a little richer.Apple PieCourtesy A.D. LawsDefinitely young Rye whiskey because of the spices used in apple pie. For that I’m going back to a Colorado craft whiskey, the A.D. Laws, produced in Denver. Their Secale Rye is one of my favorite ryes being produced in the nation right now. It’s got a beautiful spice to match the apple pie. It will be a knockout.Lead photos courtesy Hearth & Dram Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more