The Proust Questionnaire is a weekly feature which derives its name from the French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses to these questions went on to popularise this form of celebrity confession.
What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting on a comfortable bean bag watching a movie with Mani and we both end up loving it. We might not talk for an hour after that and after a quiet dinner, how we start discussing it. It could be a Krzysztof Kieślowski film.
What is your greatest fear?
The sound of water… actually the sound of waterfalls. I can't deal with the sound of pouring water. I remember going to Malaysia and we were at a pond. We were swimming to reach the place behind the waterfall. But I froze at the sound of water. I could not swim back. Mani and a friend had to literally carry me back.
After the tsunami struck, I was there every morning at Marina Beach to see the Nochchikuppam fisherfolk. I could only lend moral support.
And then the deluge happened last December. We lost a lot but the water brought in a new awareness of being helpful and compassionate. It brought a new dimension to humanity. Hopefully, I won't fear the sound of water anymore.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
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