India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2013 – Part 2

This is part 2 of the detailed coverage of the India Today‘s MindRocks Youth Summit 2013. To read part 1, click here.

Right after a sumptuous lunch of dal makhni and naan, MindRocks made sure they had us up on our feet, as the next guests were reality show dance stars Salman (Dance India Dance and Jhalak Dikhla Ja fame) and Lauren (Jhalak Dikhla Ja). Needless to say, the audience went berserk for the handsome Salman and very beautiful Lauren. There was hardly any talk as the audience just didn’t let the two of them sit. The crowd was in a frenzy and the guests just danced and danced and danced.

Handsome Salman and the very pretty Lauren with RJ Lucky!


These girls almost dived from the balcony !!


Lauren doing one of her impromptu jigs!

Numerous jigs and lifts later, it was time to bid these good looking dancers good bye and say hello to our next guest. Now this was somebody who needs no introduction. Sadi dilli ka ladka, with many a centuries under his very young bat and the only player who Sachin Tendulkar thinks can fill his shoes – Virat Kohli. Now this guy is not only great professionally, but also a rockstar off field with his good looks and charming personality.

I cant even begin to tell you the audiences’ reaction when this guy walked on the stage and waved. For a full 10 minutes, there was just a wild cheer and noise and Virat was thoroughly amused. He had to beg the audiences’ to calm down a little, so he could speak 😉 No wonder cricketers are considered Gods in our country.

Virat spoke about his passion for cricket since the age of 8, how he suddenly grew up overnight when his father passed away and he admitted that the sudden success does get into one’s head at some point of time. But it was important to stay focused or you’d lose it all.
The audiences’ asked him questions about his marriage and Bollywood plans. He also blushed when someone asked him about his girlfriend, although he did say he was single. Cute 🙂

An amused Virat on seeing the audiences’ reaction!




Virat saying his Thank yous and good bye !!

The beautiful Aditi Rao Hydri spoke about love and relationships. She also played a few fun games with the audience members asking real life couples to dance to showcase their chemistry or making them write love letters on a postcard.


She also unveiled one of the India Today cover pages with Virat.

Last, but not the least, we had a rendezvous with the man with the most talented gene pool in Bollywood – actor, director, producer, singer Farhan Akhtar.
Even though our throats were quite sore from all the shouting we had done for Virat, we couldn’t not let Farhan know how much we all adored him. His wit, talent and intelligence are such an integral part of Bollywood.

Farhan shared stories from his childhood on how he would watch a movie every morning before going to school, or how he was a college dropout but that was one of the worse decisions of his life.

Farhan talking about his childhood escapades!


Farhan crooning a number on his guitar!

And, when we thought we were actually tired of all the celeb talking and shouting, the MindRocks team informed us of the grand finale that was going to happen. The show ended on a high and a very energetic and punjabi hip hop note – a concert by Hard Kaur.

In a nation crazy for it’s stars and cricketers, this was nothing less than a treat for the youth. All day long, we heard such inspiring and real stories about these celebs and got to  meet them. I couldn’t sleep that night, as the experience was too much to let go of in an evening.

If you never have, you MUST make it a point to attend the MindRocks Youth Summit next year. Trust me, you won’t regret this one day spent among the high and mighty and learning some pearls of wisdom from them.
You can watch some of the session videos on the India Today website here.

I have a lot more pics and videos of the session that I cannot upload here sue to space and loading issues, but you can mail me for the same.