For reasons not fully understood by me, Indian women love to hate Padma Lakshmi, the host of Bravo's reality series Top Chef. Perhaps it's because they question her merits as an authority on food. Maybe it's because of that foul-mouthed Vanity Fair profile, or the million dollar apartment in New York's East Village that she's apparently paying for with cookbook residuals, or the high profile divorce from Salman Rushdie. Or maybe it's because she's just too beautiful to be mired in the midst of us mere mortals. Sigh.