Hi Freida! I love the way you act! I just adore the way you dress and look! Ever since you’ve started writing this column, I look forward to reading HT City every Sunday. Your columns give your fans an insight into your thought process, well, they also show how good a writer you are! Since through this medium, I’ve got a chance to write to you, I want to tell you I really admire your acting in Slumdog Millionnaire. When would we see you do a similar film? Love, -Radha
Dear Radha, Thank you for your kind words. I get so inundated with other work sometimes that it’s hard to deliver something every Sunday, but I’ll make it a point to show up twice a month at least. Thanks for the encouragement.
I read your article in Sunday’s HT City (15th April) on the subject and found it interesting but I’d like you to elaborate on it and also provide basic tips on how to do it. Thanks, Ziauddin
Dear Ziauddin, I’m glad you liked my article on breathing. It’s something I swear by because it has definitely changed my life. There’s very little space provided here for me to give you some good tips but if you are interested you should invest in Max Strom’s “A Life Worth Breathing”. It’s been my guide when I’m not training with my guru. Please tell me what you think of it.
Dear Freida, Around a month ago, you had written about how Whitney Houston’s songs inspired you as a teen and how you rushed to the store every time her new album released. As for me, I grew up listening only to Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift and Bollywood. When I read your article, I decided to check out her songs. Indeed, as you said, she has a unique voice and the lyrics were soulful and inspiring. I am, now, so addicted to the song ‘The greatest love of all’ that I make it a point to listen to it once in few days whenever I feel down in the dumps. Today I absolutely adore Whitney and her songs!! Tons of thanks to you for letting us know about Whitney through your article. Could you please share some other inspiring songs to lift our moods when we aren’t okay? Regards Lavanya B
Oh Lavanya! Your email made me so happy! Music transcends generations and sometimes we need people to introduce us to new artists and old ones we might have missed. I’m constantly on the lookout too. I love listening to U2’s “Stuck in a moment” when I’m down. You should google why Bono (frontman of U2) wrote this song. Or “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. This one makes me feel on top of the world always!
Hi Freida, I admire you a lot. You come across as a really good writer and someone very articulate and intelligent. I’ve always wondered if you have Bollywood aspirations. Do you come down to India often? Do you have friends in Bollywood? Which are your favourite Bollywood movies? -Shruti Gupta
Dear Shruti, Thanks for the compliments. I do aspire to do a really good Indian film directed by an Indian filmmaker one day. Sooner would be better ;-) The great Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi have always been the kind of performers I have looked up to growing up and they were part of my favourite time in Indian cinema in the 70’s and 80’s. I sense a revival and I would love to be part of the revival cinema with a modern twist.
Your column ‘inhale, exhale, was very nice. Keep it up. Maybe you should write a book as you are a good writer. Do you have any such plans? -Dr Dinesh Jindal
Dear Dr Dinesh, I feel happy that a doctor actually wrote in. I have immense respect for people in your profession because of the sheer dedication towards the years of medical studies followed by the commitment to help people. I’d love to write a book but only after I’ve dedicated a good part of my life researching and living out whatever it is that I will want to pen down in the future. I used to love writing fiction when I was little so maybe when I get inspired again I may go back to that. Thank you for putting the thought in my head.
Dear Freida, It’s wonderful to know that you are doing such a noble thing. We should all associate with causes and do the best we can for people who need it. Can you tell us how we can help to make these girls’ lives better? -Akshay Jain
Dear Akshay, I’m so very happy that you, like Arvind, felt stirred by the last article. Honestly, there is so much more to do but little steps will take us there. I’m the over-enthusiastic kind so I have to keep reminding myself about those “little steps” .Yes, I agree with you 100% that if all of us, irrespective of how famous we are or not, put up a united front to help girls not just in India but all over the world, we could make a difference. And trust me when I say, it’s not always about the money you donate, it’s about the time you invest as well! I will in my next article announce more about the “Because I am a girl” initiative.
Hi Freida, I love your dressing sense. What is your red carpet secret? Have you always been this stylish or did it happen after you became a star? Considering you have taken Indian fashion beyond the sari, while walking the red carpet, are you conscious of the fact that you are Indian and have to make India proud . -Aaarati Saaini
Dear Aaarati, There is no red carpet secret. Wear something that flatters your body type, something is comfortable and dress for the occasion! I have always loved playing with fabrics and colours but I definitely learned a lot more about international fashion after I started travelling extensively. I’m always proud of my Indian roots and irrespective of whether I stand on Indian soil or international grounds, I have always been taught by my teachers to think of myself as unique. I don’t feel just wearing a sari defines my Indianness. It’s more about what I carry in my heart than drape over my shoulder!
Dear Freida, I’m a big fan of yours. I think you are a combination of looks and brains. I wish I could meet you someday and have a long conversation with you. But I don’t think it would be possible. Why are you not on Twitter or Facebook or any social networking website where your fans can interact with you and give you feedback -Ayush Garg
Dear Ayush, I will soon activate my Twitter account but unfortunately it will not be for myself. I’ll be solely operating it for the “Because I am a Girl” initiative. Thank you for taking the time to write to me though. Who knows, someday we will have a long conversation!