New Delhi,May 20th,2019
He says, “Nothing in the world can affect my morale negatively. Not many people can say that, I think. I am convinced with the fact that the universe is tilted in my favour. The good decisions and even the not so good things that happen, happen for a reason. I say this due to the experiences in my life. Not once but many times, everything that has happened in my life has contributed to my growth. I dropped my college for a year and had that not happened, I wouldn’t have lived my dream today. If you truly believe that everything happens for a reason, you will see unforeseen miracles in life”.
How has the journey been since 2012?
It’s been full of ups and downs. Growing up in the middle class family, I learned that you have to work for what you want and you have to work for what you need. I can’t forget the day when I had to file the nomination of UN Cultural award and I ran short of 8000 bucks! Life has taught me to value money.
I still call myself an outsider in the industry. It is the only fact that keeps me grounded and reminds me where I started off. I wasn’t exposed to the public life. It was my immediate family and their overwhelming support that helped me to come terms with my responsibilities and the importance of the position that I had been given.
What got you interested in art? What do you aim to achieve?
There is a great goodwill that can be generated through the work. Apart from bringing business to the artists, art can also be used as an opportunity to raise funds for several charities. I’ve seen how Ms. Nita Ambani uses it as a backdrop for her various charitable causes.
For the time being my aim is to produce India’s largest multi disciplinary art event for the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their talent.
Apart from that creativity is the one thing that I have achieved on my own. I was the youngest UN award winner from India and that was a proud moment for me.
Have you ever been tempted to give it all up?
I won’t lie. In the beginning, it was a bit overwhelming and took a toll on me. One could have chosen to break away and be a rebel, but I’ve always been proud of my work. I genuinely wanted to continue my work for the welfare of the artists in a positive manner. There was never any misgiving in following the path that I did.
You must have many people wanting to befriend you. How do you distinguish between friends and people with an agenda?
I think that is a problem for anyone in the public eye. It does happen a lot to me, but I’ve always been clear when it comes to my friends. I have a group of close friends, I’ve grown up with them and they’ve been with me through thick and thin. In many ways, I feel I am the selfish friend who has relied more on them. But I know if they ever needed me, I would be by their side. Their unconditional love and affection is what makes me believe that I have a truly genuine set of friends as a support system.
You are often spotted as the high brow events across the capital. How far has been your experience?
I am having great time attending shows and connecting to wonderful people from all walks of life. Many of us end up becoming good friends. It is a great opportunity to represent the creative community.
You’re surrounded by accomplished and beautiful ladies from HNI families. Have you given a thought to the type of person you would like to marry?
I know it’s early for me, but the funny thing is, I have already discussed this with my parents. They are always supportive of my decisions and have given me the freedom to one day choose my better half, as long as I don’t go too crazy (laughs). For me, it’s important that I find a partner who is supportive. Someone who will have similar interests and, more importantly, someone who I can love unconditionally. It’s probably the most important decision one makes. And I have to thank my family for leaving that decision in my hands and giving me that confidence.