We met at a conclave for educators in Bangalore in 2014. We met a couple of weeks after the conclave and while we were both interested in each other, we wanted different things in our lives at that point and decided it was best to just stay friends.Apoorv then left for an experiential life-skills learning camp to Andaman after we, sort of, parted ways. After a few days he called to tell me that he knew that I was the one for him and that had to be the most romantic thing I had ever heard.
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Dancing was not allowed in school, but I used to participate in college talent fests. I was around 17 years of age when I started working with Terence (Lewis) sir and dancing became a part of my everyday life. I only knew hip hop dancing and had no clue about other dance forms.
In a short span of 25 years I have had the fortune of living in 3 different countries and having extensively travelled around the world. I grew up in an amalgamated mixture of Turkey, India and the US.
The acting bug caught me when I saw “Lamhe” as a child. It was my favorite film. I used to watch it on repeat and absolutely fell in love with Sridevi in Pallavi’s role. I was so obsessed that I convinced my parents to take me to Rajasthan for a month-long holiday — I shopped for all the lehngas I could lay my hands on. That’s all I wore for that month when I was pretending I was “Pallo”. I gave my family a rude shock when, in the middle of a camel ride, I asked to get off. I started randomly singing and dancing to “Morni baaga ma bole” —in a lehenga of course. In fact, a grand-uncle of mine who I stayed with in Jaisalmer still calls me “Pallo” and I have a sneaking suspicion he doesn’t know my real name!
When I left NASA as a senior scientist, I was taking a huge risk at the age of 45 in jumping from the top of my field to a point where I was scraping the bottom of an unknown barrel. But if I didn’t do it at that point, I probably wouldn’t have done it ever. I was told that after 40 you should be settling down. Honestly, I found that prospect perfectly boring.