She lives in the pages of her books. Model-actress Nethra Raghuraman, who hit the screen in 1999 with Govind Nihalani's Takshak, says her role model is the rebel architect Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's bestseller The Fountainhead who built skyscrapers in the US 75 years ago.
"I want to be like Howard Roark - he is an epitome of a person who has no malice towards anyone, no hatred. He loves his work and loves his woman. I want to have a love like him, which demands possession and ownership," Nethra told IANS, when queried about her other big love in life apart from acting and modelling.
The model was in the city to walk the ramp for a fashion event showcasing jewellery by Surya Gold and Swarovski Elements.
"I have also read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Again, it's a book that teaches you a lot. But it is not like 'Fountainhead' - I somehow lost track of it in the middle," she said.
Nethra also swears by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "I just could not put down One Hundred Years of Solitude. There is something about the book that touches."
She reads almost anywhere and everywhere. Currently, Nethra is reading The Tale of the Rose, a love story by French author Consuelo de Saint-Exupery. "And I am loving the book."
The actress, who is heading to US for a vacation, said she would sign a new film after she returns in June.