There is more than enough literature about Oprah & her life online. This post is not about all of that. Here I want to share with you a few unique discoveries, moments to remember and perspectives that “The Oprah Winfrey” gave me over the years.

“Never give up” spirit

In the face of an abusive childhood and a poor economic background, her rise to stardom is an example of a “rags to riches” story. Her continual trials with weight-loss and eating disorder have been the subject of multiple episodes. I have always admired her indomitable spirit: it is definitely one to emulate.

The Truly Amazing ‘freebies’

For the longest time, I dreamed of being in the audience of Oprah’s show, especially the episodes named “Oprah’s favorite things”. Why? That’s when she gave away lavish gifts & exquisite goodies to every audience member! Over the years, the giveaways have ranged from linens to iPods, from key lime pies to houses!

The best episode was the one in which they invited people who desperately needed and deserved a car to be on the show. One lucky person was supposed to win a car. The twist in the tale was each one of them did. It was a memorable show, with a lot of giving, hugs & tears(I was crying too, obviously!).

Book club

I discovered “A Hundred Years of Solitude” through her book club: a book which I couldn’t appreciate the first time I read it and loved the 2nd time around. Being a book lover, I diligently followed her book club episodes which were known to plummet completely unknown authors to fame.

Skills of hosting a talk show

The speed of my thoughts is synced only to the speed of my writing

I did not know I enjoyed writing until a few months ago. I always stuck to the reading. But speaking, especially in public is something I have never excelled at and has always been on my todo list of things to develop. So I have always been in awe of her hosting and interviewing skills and how she makes the entire show come alive with her presence.

Dr.Phil

He was my favorite guest on the show. He regularly gave advice and put people on the spot challenging them to show their true emotions.

20 questions

If you aren’t yet married or even if you are, do take the time to go through these important but difficult questions with your “to-be”. It might help you have a happier and longer marriage. (Psst: though I knew about it, I was very busy falling in love and with wedding preparations to answer these questions. Like Dr.Phil questions: Have you planned a marriage or a wedding?)

Did you ever watch her show? Did you have any favorites?

Oprah Winfrey: #AtoZChallenge
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7 thoughts on “Oprah Winfrey: #AtoZChallenge

  • April 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
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    She’s definitely an inspiration. I have read a lot about her, but interestingly never watched her show (I’ve read transcripts and excerpts though)

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    • April 19, 2017 at 9:49 am
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      Yes, she is. Her shows stopped getting airing in India in recent years, so difficult to watch unless you watched online

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  • April 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    A big fan of hers. I’d written a separate article on her alone, Chronicling the bad start to her life and how she overcame it.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm
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      Will make it a point to read it later. She is a doer more than a talker, that’s what I admire!

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  • April 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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    I love Oprah. She is a woman I greatly admire. I have seen only a few of her TV shows online, but yes, she is a magnanimous woman in every sense. I am a big fan of her Super Soul Sunday show, so also her meditations with Deepak Chopra.

    Do read my previous blogpost on her: http://wp.me/p7S3Op-co. Would love to know your feedback.
    Nice to connect with you here.

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  • April 25, 2017 at 11:09 am
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    I used to binge watch Oprah shows and laugh and cry as I did! My favourite ones were those where she surprised people with her giveaways! And of course, Dr Phil ones too:)

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    • April 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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      Awwww! You are a kindred spirit! 🙂

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