“When I was 22...I was free and limitless,” recounts Sonalika Sahay
Did you know the supermodel was an air-hostess as well as a part time model?Updated: Sep 25, 2020, 14:58 IST
Where were you career-wise? I was an air hostess with Singapore Airlines and was modelling part time in Singapore.
The money situation...: ...was decent. Flying and modelling pays well for a 22-year-old.
And on the romantic front...? I was in a long-distance relationship.
The focus areas: Work, career and travel.
What about your mindset? Free and limitless. I felt I could reach for the stars and grab them too!
The family situation: My family was in India and would visit me regularly in Singapore. And I had a very strong bond with my siblings.
What was your style sensibility like? Oh, it was warped! I was an easy dresser trying too hard to dress girly.
And your fitness quotient: I was fit but never too driven. I’m fitter now.
Your most prized possessions: My books and my dogs.
And your biggest dream? Was to meet the Dalai Lama one day. I still haven’t managed that. And I wanted to be a great fashion model.
The craziest thing you remember doing…: On my first trip to Maldives, I tried diving for the first time. It was as if a new world opened before me. I remember a reef shark came out of the deep and startled me. I drank so much sea water that day!
One thing you’d rewind and change: I want to tell my younger self to pay more heed to parents’ advice. Everything that I didn’t follow has ended me in a quagmire.
The biggest life lesson you learnt: That one can move forward in life and new roads open up. Leave your fears behind and take the plunge. Don’t hold yourself back.
From HT Brunch, September 21, 2020
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