Laila Bhaidani

Seeker, storyteller, writer.

Sun Sign

Pisces

Three things people don’t know about you?

a) I cry while watching movies. In happy scenes too! b) I can do good mimicry. c) I can be very moody.

What’s your greatest fear?

Loosing my loved ones.

What is your greatest achievement?

Through the toughest, most depressing phases of my life, I didn’t loose my spirit and hope. I didn’t ever give up on life and living. That I believe would be my only achievement so far in life. :)

High point of your life?

Growing up in a joint family. My childhood was the most beautiful stage of my life. It nurtured me into the person I am today. B) Getting Zoe ( My beautiful baby Labrador) and becoming a mother to her. C) Getting My first book published - Us… mostly!

Low point of your life

There have been plenty. But without sounding idealistic, each low point truly contributed to my becoming. Therefore they don’t appear “ low’ any more to me. They were learning points. And my first book, “ Us..mostly” is perhaps a result of all those learnings I had during my lows.

Which living person do you most admire?

There are plenty of people in the public eye, who have done work ,worthy of admiration : Karim Aga Khan, Sushmita Sen, Osho , Dalai Lama, Gulzar, A. R Rahman, Imtiaz Ali.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Well, in movies it has to be Raj ( Played by Shahrukh Khan) of DDLJ. Sherlock Holmes in the Tv series. Howard Roark of Fountainhead remains a memorable character.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Mogambo! From Mr. India. And Joker from Batman.

Who are your favorite authors?

I admire and love Jhumpa Lahiri’s work. Rabindranath Tagore is my other favourite. Osho was sensational even though he didn’t write his book, rather spoke them.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1. Almost single - Advaita Kala 2. Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri 3. Mind Body Balance - Osho 4. A new Earth. - Eckhart Tolle 5. Archies - I can read them all my life.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Almost single is a book I have re read many many times and I can still read it again. Its hilarious! And New earth - its eye opening.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

1. Queen 2. Kill Bill 1& 2 3. Pretty woman 4. Rockstar 5. Paataal Bhairavi!

One Superpower you wish you had?

Its not really a superpower. But I wish I had the power to provide every stray dog with food, shelter and love. That no one sleeps hungry and cold.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Epitaph: She seeked, She laughed, She loved. Biography last line : And she lived...

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would be happy living in the same time zone that I have lived in as a child. But I would have liked to experience growing up in the countryside in a farmhouse or a villa, where there is room for a lot of natural beauty, flora and fauna and of course dogs, horses, rabbits and butterflies! A small pool alongside would be splendid!

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would have liked to play a musical instrument. Either the Piano or drums.

Which book you wish you had written ?

None. Every book is an individual perspective of a writer on the given subject. And even if I like a book too much, I would not wish to have written it, because then it wouldn’t be the same!! Besides this world needs more perspective to showcase its myriad colours.

When and where do you write ?

As a practise, I try to keep aside my evenings for writing, usually in coffee shops. But I write best, when my thoughts are compelling, time and place take a backseat then.

Silence or music?

While I am writing I prefer western classical music playing in the background. Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart are my co writers! While editing, I need complete silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

Its a word : Perhaps

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No superstition. But I need good coffee and enough food supplies to keep me going.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Osho, Mills and Boons and Comics. I can devour them.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Just keep writing. This world has a lot of room for different voices.

"Laila Bhaidani has over ten years of experience in the field of education, creativity, and content development.
She loves jogging, travelling, exploring myriad cultures of the world and their ethnic and culinary flavours, watching movies and plays, and is an amateur anthropologist. She is an adventure sports enthusiast, loves visiting history in books, films and architecture. She speaks, reads, and writes five languages.
She hopes to travel the world and soak in the local: demography, cuisine, music, lifestyle, culture, and art in this life.
She adores Rabindranath Tagore, Guns n Roses, Quentin Tarantino, Jhumpa Lahiri, Meg Ryan, and Beethoven.
She enjoys latin dance forms like Salsa and Bachata, Jazz music , Adventure sports and Pilates.
She is an ardent dog lover and is enthusiastic about photography, dance and art."

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