“I was born and raised in Madagascar — spent seven years of my childhood there before leaving for Paris. My mother tongues are French & Gujarati even though I barely speak Gujarati now. I speak fluent English and Italian & have basics in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi.
My favourite films are: Slumdog Millionaire, Rang De Basanti, Okuribito, The Japanese Wife, Farewell My Concubine, 99 francs… I like realistic films which deal with society and its problems. Last interesting films I watched: The Dirty Picture and a Japanese mystery drama called The Suicide Club which talks about the danger and excess of pop culture.
I listen to eclectic music, all depending on my mood. I like “New French Wave” for their lyrics, a smattering of pop and RnB, electro. My favourites right now are:’ Pony Pony Run Run’ and ‘Something a La Mode’. I also like Bollywood music for its celebratory vibe.
I have been in Bombay for six months. I like Bombay for its energy, for its people who are open to new experiences, and for its multiculturalism. It feels like home now.”
Photographed in Colaba in Oct 2011. Conversation from April 2012.