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Fabulous at Fifty

Episode 28: Forgetting and Remembering

A precious moment may only last a second but its memory lasts forever. As we grow up, the most missed are the memories from our primitive years or of our loved ones. The more you revisit them, fresher and sharper they seem. From the sheer joy of jumping in a puddle during rains and licking…

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Episode 27: A Family That Eats Out Together

There are plenty of bonds that keep a family together – but none are as strong as the love for food! And who wants to eat at home when you can go out to your favourite restaurant. But when your family is as feisty and determined as you, even a seemingly easy task such as…

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Episode 26: A Wardrobe of Memories

Open your wardrobe and look at all the things you own. Chances are, like long-lost memories, you probably don’t remember many of the items in there. But if you sit down and look at them carefully, each of them is a marker of an important event in your life. On this episode, Sudha shares her…

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Episode 25: Star-struck

Sudha may be feisty and fabulous but there’s someone who still manages to give her goosebumps and butterflies! And it’s not just Sudha but most women across the globe who have fallen for his charms. So who is this guy who makes so many hearts skip a beat? And what’s the story behind that prized…

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Episode 24: The Thing About Thongs

What was once unmentionable is now being flaunted! Innerwear is now out and about and in your face, especially those itsy-bitsy things called thongs. Sudha is both perplexed and fascinated by them, in equal measure. And she absolutely MUST get to the bottom of things (pun unintended!)

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Episode 23: How Hair Colour Taught Me Discipline

Dump your daily planners and throw those self-help books away! If you want to learn discipline, then there’s no better teacher than your monthly hair appointments to hide those locks of grey. In this episode, Sudha explains how hair colour all she needs to know about living a disciplined life.

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Episode 22: Salon Woes

Which is the one place that a fabulous dame loves and loathes in equal measure? Answer: the salon! Errant grey strands need an expert’s touch but whoever said that looking good comes easy? In this hilarious episode, Sudha recounts her trials and tribulations every time she visits the salon and wonders – is it really…

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Episode 21: The Fine Art of Hovering

If you must know, Hovering is a fine art, a science and almost a secret female martial arts form. Do not mistake this vital art for helicoptering.  In the episode, Menon will whisper the fine art of hovering as she self-proclaimed to be a master of it. This mission begins as soon as you enter…

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Episode 20: Of Love, Marriage, and Other Things Sweet

It’s the Valentine’s Day weekend so there’s no better topic to discuss than love and its natural conclusion, marriage. Here’s to all the lovebirds out there, both young and those who’ve been keeping the spark alive for all these years. Sudha shares her own insights into love and asks the important question: how do you…

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Episode 19: No Freeloaders Please!

No one likes freeloaders. But it seems that women – especially career women – have to face them more than anyone else. Tired of being taken for granted and constantly expected to “kindly adjust”, Sudha takes a hatchet to these cretins in the most hilarious manner!

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Episode 18: Pipsqueak Alert

Gone are the days of good old manners. Pipsqueaks today are too upfront about asking favours (if you know what we mean). While at work, Sudha has received some weird requests. Tune in to the podcast for some unsettlingly funny stories.

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Episode 17: A One-Sided View of the World

Like humans, fashion has evolved tremendously, swiftly changing sides from time to time. When you can’t help being a mom, you may have some peculiar views based on Darwin’s theory of evolution. Tune in to the podcast to uncover one-sided view of the world.

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Episode 16: The Spectacle Conundrum

50 may be the new 30 but tell that to your vision which is far from 20:20 From specs that vanish when you most need them to finding them in the oddest of places when you least expect it, Sudha has seen it all! (pun intended). Check out the latest episode of Fabulous At Fifty…

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Episode 15: Fear of Flying

Some have motion sickness while some have a fear of heights. But when it comes to flying, misplacing your tickets or passport can only be nightmarish, which can awfully come true when it is red-eye flight. Tune in to the podcast to hear funny observations on different types of fellow passengers and all the drama…

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Episode 14 – My Kind of Vacation

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking and around new years’, everybody is in the vacationing mood.  But if you are the one, during a vacation, who feels like an odd one out – tune in to the podcast to experience Sudha’s ideal vacation narrative and…

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Episode 13: The Great Midlife Divide

In a marriage or relationship, you may feel the sting of the great midlife crisis, which may be defined by a strong urge to break the monotony. But the best way to overcome this phase is to remember, “No matter how happy marriage or relationship, each of us is eventually responsible for our individual happiness.”…

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Episode 12: Everything Old is Chic Again – well, Almost

“When it comes to all things old, what is food for one is probably poison for another.” Old vintage, antique items tend to find great value over time. If everything old is chic, then why aren’t women in their 50’s considered chic enough to wear deep red lipstick 😉 Is it only true for things…

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Episode 11: Hair on the Chin

“Fabulous is as fabulous does” – and nothing shouts fabulous more than a makeover just before an all-girls do.  But once you’re 50, it takes a little more effort to put it all together. Hair, makeup, wardrobe – it takes a village to create that diva look.  But, just when you think you’re done, there…

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Episode 10: My Big Fat FOMO

Nowadays, people are suffering from an acute case of FOMO – FEAR OF MISSING OUT. Yes, you have read it right. Sudha was one such victim. Tune in to the podcast to find out how Sudha sneakily checks her daughter’s social media page or how she reacts when she looks at the images of couples…

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Episode 09: Hot Mama!

Being a mom is difficult but what’s even more difficult is being a “hot mama”. The hot mama crown is no inferior to any of the pageant crowns. Tune in to the episode for some sizzling hot drama of the hot mamas and pave the way through all that to discover the ultimate hotness. Check…

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Episode 08: New Kids on the Block

In old and much simpler days, having a pet meant – the kids would rush back from school and spend all their free time playing with the pet. However, pet-keeping has evolved over time. In the present/modern society, pets serve a number of functional roles, from ornamental to status symbol, as helpers, and as companions….

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Episode 07: Multitasking Maven

“A woman’s work is never done”  As Sudha left her Frantic Forties behind and became a full-time author, she thought her life would become more relaxed. But no such luck! On the contrary, she’s busier and more hassled than ever before. Sudha’s days are now increasingly spent chasing down errant items of clothing, cleaning up…

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Episode 06: Bonding with Amma

People often regret not spending enough time with their parents. We use LIFE as an excuse, only to let the excuse haunt us later. “Parent-sitting” may sound comical but in reality, it is far more tedious and patience-testing. In this episode, Sudha Menon talks about her long-strained relationship with her mother and how she bonded…

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Episode 05: The ‘D’ Word

There comes a time in life when you are able to own up to almost all the things that you once hated to admit. This episode covers a broad range of subjects revolving around divorce. Overcoming all the challenges and finding happiness after seems like a challenge. The best way is to make peace with…

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Episode 04: Not so Uplifting

Teenage could be dreadful for a girl who is yet to blossom. To add to it, having good assets in the category under discussion is uplifting. This episode paints a picture of how the process of shopping for a bra has evolved, from a single bra shop in the town to exclusive lingerie boutiques. Among…

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Episode 03: There’s a Chill in My Bedroom

Could it be the air conditioning? Or the cold city breeze? Well, it is neither of the above. The lack of heat between the sheets adds up to a chilly bedroom.  This episode Sudha Menon talks about how men and women in their 50’s feel scorned and grumpy about the situation. Try some theatrics as…

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Episode 02: When Daughters Become Mothers

Mothers and Daughters become the closest when Daughters become Mothers. This episode looks at the changes a woman goes through when she becomes a mother and how the coolness is replaced by helicoptering and anxiety. In this episode, Sudha Menon talks about her relationship with her mother and funnily compares the equation with her daughter….

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Episode 01: Turning 50

Turning 50 is considered to be a milestone in anyone’s life, especially women – as they undergo a roller-coaster of changes, both hormonal and psychological. After much anticipation, when the day finally comes, it just does. The world does not shift, stars don’t fall, and you feel just the same. On this episode, Sudha Menon…

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Episode 00: Introduction

Turning 50 should be like flying, a stretch of courage punctuated by moments of sheer anxiety. Fabulous at fifty podcast is a combination of hilarious, poignant and beautiful stories surrounding ageing women and men. On the show, host Sudha Menon will share real-life anecdotes revolving around turning 50 and ageing fabulously. Her stories are bound…

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