20 Questions

Payal Kapoor Sharma

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Dubai is a city that celebrates success in ways that are simply extravagant. It is truly a merchant capital. The pecuniary side of the business mogul churns out millions of inches in column space, where every business facet is packaged across various platforms.

But, somewhere in that, the person who made it all happen gets lost.

So, here’s to the person they were before they became the someone we know.

  1. What was the last book you read?
    The Sanjay Story by Vinod Mehta
  2. When did you make your first million?
    I inherited billions and lost millions!
  3. What does your mum call you?
  4. Who did you have your first crush on? How old were you at the time?
    Rishi Kapoor! I was sure I would marry him, but my grandmother shattered my dreams saying Kapoors cannot marry Kapoors. I must have been 3 at the time.
  5. What’s the lie you use most often?
    Mujhe sab pata hai (I know everything)
  6. What was the first car you bought?
    If I ever buy a vehicle, it’ll be a Harley or a Ducati or any motorcycle. Never waste on a car, and it’s another great excuse for me to never have to bother with my hair. I hate any fuss with my hair.
  7. Describe yourself in one word.
    Heroine! Though my friends prefer ‘chamki’. No awards for the guess work!
  8. If not Delhi, where?
    Well, I’m a dilliwaala, but I will happily settle for New York! If they let me get the cook, maid, driver and my dog, that is.
  9. What do you really want that you don’t have yet?
    A few more dogs. I’ve ‘inherited’ hedgehogs, rabbits, fish, turtles… the list is endless! My home has been a mini zoo at one point.
  10. If you were a superhero, you would be?
    Superman. I’ve always wanted to wear my ‘chaddi’ inside out. Women spend more on the inside than on the outside. Aaram ka maamla hai! (It’s about the comfort)
  11. A song that you know from start to finish
    Abhi Toh Main Jawan Hoon… my national anthem!
  12. Ever been tattooed?
    Four times over! Tattoos are highly addictive. The last one was done by the artist who does them for  Beyoncé. Hum kisi se kam nahi…slightly broke, but gham nahi.
  13. Complete ‘once upon a time…’
    Once upon a time, I was 15 kilos lighter.
  14. Ever been whacked? By who?
    Whacked and how! By my mother. Born rebel! She still says don’t do something if she wants me to do it. But now I can see through the reverse psychology.
  15. If you were PM for a day, you would?
    I would throw an open house and take selfies with everyone and jam the Internet. Ek din main aish karun, kaam toh
    hota rahega.
  16. Ever failed a subject?
    Hindi! Maximum number of times. I would pray for the bell to ring whenever it was my turn to read. If it were today, maybe I could have passed it for a fancy disorder towards my matra bhasha! Having said that, I did go on to do the toughest course in Hindi and passed with a second division. Want to see my mark sheet?
  17. Which film dialogue resonates the most with you?
    Jo darr gaya, samjho marr gaya.
  18. Who/what is the most dialed number on your phone?
    My driver Mariyappan… fondly addressed by most as the dreaded Veerapan.
  19. Ever had long hair?
    Yes, and then I gave them up a few years ago at Tirupathu. Went totally bald and I’ll do it again. Feels very peaceful.
  20. What was the last thing you bought?
    Oh dear. The issue is that I don’t buy a thing… I buy ‘things’. I’m very afraid to step into a mall!