My father’s wish was to see his daughter every day on TV. I fulfilled his wish and he died with a smile on his face. He had gone through a lot in the last few months. I am sad that he is not there but I am happy that he is no longer in that pain. He left a small video for me saying how much he loved me and was proud of me.

My dad didn’t want me to feel sad and cry all the time and convinced me to accept the offer (Bigg Boss). He wanted his daughter to be in better shape, get noticed and get good work. To be honest, I also wanted more money for my father’s treatment. So I thought why not? My entire family supported me.

Karishma Kotak was born in England. She did a part of her schooling from a boarding school. She later pursued a degree in Advertising and Marketing. Initially, she wanted to become a teacher and had enrolled for a course in teaching.

When Ambarsariya was offered to me I didn’t actually think much about it, I looked at it as an opportunity and I firmly believe that all opportunities are a gift from God, so I went in with full faith.

When I announced my decision to retire, Sachin came up to me and asked me ‘Why have you taken such a decision?’ I said I’ve had enough, I don’t want to play anymore. He told me ‘This was the best I have seen you play in the last three years’. In life when you get tested, when you get rejected by everyone and when you get pushed aside, you actually get the best out of it. That has been a learning curve for me

One day I got so angry because I wasn’t getting picked and I did not know the reason. I was scoring runs everywhere around the world and in those 10 years I scored more runs that Sachin Tendulkar in one day cricket. One day in 2006, I got so angry that I ran 21 laps at Eden Gardens

Budapest is the first city where I faced discrimination. There were a few small incidents in the first few days, but I shrugged them off thinking that they were either coincidences or the locals were not warm. However, I soon realised that they chose to behave in a certain way towards outsiders. The preferential treatment at the airport made it all the more worse. We are obsessed with fair skin and give preference to Westerners over our own countrymen. Every country should treat tourists and their own citizens equally.

Just two days before Indira died, Aruna Asaf Ali visited her and noticed armed Sikh security guards at the gate. She recalled that as soon as she entered the room, she told Indira: ‘Indu, why don’t you change your Sikh security guards. It is not safe after Operation Bluestar’. Indira Gandhi did not like the suggestion. She bluntly told Arunaji: “How could you suggest such a thing? It would send wrong signals to the Sikh community.”

I can’t say it’s a dream come true for me, because becoming an actor was never in my dreams. I come from a family where people are into academics. My mother and father were keen that I do something creative

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