Personal Agenda: Dipika Pallikal, Squash player
Birthday: September 21
Sun sign: Virgo
Place of birth: Chennai
Hometown: Chennai and now Melbourne
School/college: Ethiraj College, Chennai
First Break: Making the last eight of the World Open high point of your life When I emerged victorious at the British Open in 2007
Low point of your life: Not winning a world junior title
Currently i am...
Heading to England for the British Open
If you weren’t a squash player, you would have been...
...Playing some other sport, but I would definitely be into sports.
What is the best thing about playing squash?
You get to travel the world and meet new people every day!
Your biggest inspiration.
My coach Sarah. She’s been a five-time world champion.
Any other sport you love to play or watch.
What is your fitness routine like?
I wake up at 5 am, go for a jog, then start training. At times, I gym too. Then I return home in the afternoon, have a meal and make sure I am back in training by 4 pm.
Yoga or the gym, which do you prefer?
I prefer gymming.
Which is your favourite Bollywood film?
I’m a movie buff, so I tend to watch anything and everything.
Who do you think makes the most romantic pair in Bollywood?
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. They are the classic romantic duo.
Cosmetic products you can’t do without.
MAC products are my favourite. I also like Gucci perfumes.
A dessert that describes you?
Which do you prefer – a little black dress or a black sari?
A little black dress any day.
A rumour you’d like to start.
I wouldn’t like to start any. I am not so mischievous.
Which body part would you get insured?
A cricketer you admire.
It has to be Sachin Tendulkar. He’s the God of cricket.
One song that describes your current state of mind?
Balam Pichkari. It is a peppy number and I identify with it.
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
Luckily, my family gave me all the necessary advice at the right time.
The gadget you love to flaunt.
I am not a big gadget freak, but I like my iPad the most. I watch TV shows or play games on it in my spare time.
The last thing you bought for under R10?
Your dream destination?
Who is your 3am friend?
I have two best friends whom I can call any time of the day: Praneetha and Sreyas.
What’s on your bedside table?
My phones and my iPad.
What makes your day?
When I play well.
What spoils it?
Losing a match or getting stuck in traffic.
You destress with...
A good massage.
The last line of your autobiography would read...
...Thank you mum and dad for making me who I am today.
The film you have watched more than 5 times
The most paisa vasool film
Any movie with entertainment clubbed with a social message or some learning is a paisa vasool film for me
A movie that was a part of your childhood
Hum Saath- Saath Hain. I was hooked on to it
— Interviewed by Veenu Singh
From HT Brunch, June 2
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