What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living a life according to my own values, doing things that I love and making a small difference in the lives of others in the process.
What is your greatest fear?
If the truth be told… cockroaches!
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Doing too many things at the same time.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
Open to all possibilities.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
If I thought it was overrated, I wouldn’t consider it a virtue (at least not by my own standards).
On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid breaking someone’s heart.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I am happy with my appearance. (Now when was the last time you heard that?)
Which living person do you most despise?
At the moment, Qaddafi, for brutally killing his own people.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
His respect for and appreciation 0f women and all that they have to contribute to the world.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Her belief in herself.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Awesome” and “dude”…I’m ashamed to admit!
When and where were you happiest?
Boarding school at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, United Kingdom. It was a magical two years with people from all over the world.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My need to always try and keep everyone happy. I think as women, we really need to learn to put ourselves first more often.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming financially independent at the age of 25.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
An eagle. I would love to fly to those heights and observe the views from above.
Where would you most like to live?
New York — no other place like it!
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Unrealised human potential, wasted talent.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Edhi, Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Warren Buffet.
What’s your favourite quote?
“Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money.”
What kind of super powers would you like to have?
The ability to channel the divine through song.
If you had a time machine, where would you go?
What’s the one thing you wish someone would invent?
Funnily enough, a time machine — I would love to see the future. And a teleportation device, so I could travel all over the world instantly.
Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, April 10th, 2011.
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