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Personal Agenda/Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar, daughter of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, studied Bharatnatyam as a child for several years, before learning the sitar under the guidance of her father. She has performed with her father all over the world. Anoushka wrote her first book, Bapi, The Love Of My Life in 2002. Dance Like a Man, directed by Pamela Rooks, marks her foray into films.

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Anoushka Shankar, daughter of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, studied Bharatnatyam as a child for several years, before learning the sitar under the guidance of her father. She has performed with her father all over the world. Anoushka wrote her first book, Bapi, The Love Of My Life in 2002. Dance Like a Man, directed by Pamela Rooks, marks her foray into films. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

It’s very momentary, sometimes I’m happy to see the right people at the right place; and sometimes I’m happy doing the right things at the right time. It keeps changing.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Clothes.

What is your favorite journey/holiday?
I went to Thailand and lived in a remote island in a tree house. That was absolute Paradise! Then, I remember going to Portugal to camp with 30,000 other people.

What do you lie about?
I often end up giving a wrong telephone number to people I don’t want to be rude to because they’re so polite.

What is your greatest regret?
Any project I undertake and complete – I always wish I had done it better and differently.   

When or where were you happiest?
On a beach, it can be Thailand, Goa, Spain, anywhere. 

What is your current state of mind?
I don’t want more, but I want to do more. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to make myself more patient.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I’d like to make my brother alive.

The thing closest to your heart...
Moments I can share with people I love. 

Which living person you most admire?
My father. He’s the greatest musician I’ve known and I like the fact that he wants to do more in life.   

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Beauty.

Your ideal woman/man?
Someone who’s caring, attractive and truthful.

In one line, how would you describe yourself?
A true Gemini, but the definition keeps changing! 

What is your favourite food?
Indian, Thai and Italian.

Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
I want to continue playing music and continue to grow.

If you were marooned on a desert island, who would you like as your companion?
Someone interesting to talk to. Maybe any of my girlfriends with whom I’ll never get bored.   

What do you do first thing in the morning?
I like to have some time, at least an hour or two, for myself, to do yoga, meditation and get ready for work.

And the last thing before you go to bed?
I read books. 
 
Interviewed by Bhawna Gera