Tishani Doshi was born and lives in Chennai. After completing her studies in the US, Tishani worked for a while in the UK before returning to India. She began her career as a dancer and performed for five years with Chandralekha’s troupe. Already a published poet, she has recently made her debut as a novelist with The Pleasure Seekers.
One word that describes you best?
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
Batman. Better outfit than Superman’s, and I like the fact that he has no special powers. He’s just broody and ridiculously rich.
If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?
Try to look my innocent best.
Your first kiss was…
What makes you feel sexy?
A day at the beach – sun, sand, salt – nothing sexier than that.
You get high on…
The colour ‘pink’ for you is…
Trying to make a comeback but I’m resisting.
A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I think I spent it on something mundane, like rent.
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
Do you love Luv Storys?
Do you mean do I love luv stories? Sure.
Choose: Air India or Indian Railways?
Railways. I prefer trains to aeroplanes.
If you could have a star perform at your wedding, who would it be and why?
Nina Simone. She can make you cry and she can make you move — both requirements for a wedding I think.
The last time you rode on a bus…
A few weeks ago in Kodaikanal.
If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
I still believe in fairies.
You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
Cycle – I can’t horse-ride or skateboard.
Earth’s crowded and full of trash. Choose another planet.
Jupiter. It’s my ruling planet.
If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which one would you choose?
If you’re intelligent enough you can make your own money, but it’s pretty hard to become unstupid, so I’d go with intelligence.
What makes your day?
A letter (very rare) or a phone call from a far-away friend.
What screws it up?
Rush hour traffic and noise pollution.