/ ON BOARD WITH Anusha Azees

DPP_3075Ebullient Anusha puts her many talents to work as our very capable Brand Strategy maven. “On a daily basis,” she states, “I liase with the creative team to strategize and work on solutions for our clients’ projects. We aim for rationality delivered with first-rate creativity.”

Do you like sports? Work out at a gym regularly?

I was more involved in sports when I was growing up. These days, my sports activities are primarily cycling and jogging. Other than that, I like to watch cricket matches and soccer games in the English Premier League.

Can you name a special dish that you like to eat?

Both my mother and grandmother are great cooks. One of our favorites is Malabari Mutton Biryani, which is a delicious combination of rice, mutton, onions, tomatoes and spices.

Do you have a favorite Hollywood movie that you really like?

Yes, but I’m a real movie buff. So, in addition to American ones, I watch French, Iranian, Japanese, Spanish and Hindi films. I like Casablanca, Roman Holiday and most of Woody Allen’s work. Going back a bit, I really like the character of Catherine played by Jeanne Moreau in Truffaut’s Jules and Jim.

Are you a vegetarian or do you eat meat and chicken?

I enjoy all different types of cuisine — I’m definitely non-vegetarian.

How many languages do you speak?

I speak five languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam (my mother tongue), Tamil (a regional Indian language) and Arabic (not fluently, but I can understand).

Do you have a travel wishlist? Name a few spots you’d like to visit.

Europe is first on my list, followed by New York. I love the idea of actually living in a city for three-to-six months. I don’t like being a tourist in a city.

India has a number of festive holidays — name a couple of your favorites.

I love Diwali [Festival of Lights] because I can eat lots of sweets. Holi [Festival of Colors], Onam [Festival in Kerala] and Christmas. My all-time favorite is Eid [Festival of Breaking the Fast] because it’s celebrated with my family.

Where do you go for your vacation? How about weekend activities?

My long vacation break is spent in Kerala with relatives. On weekends I love to explore Mumbai. I’ve only been here for a little over two years, so I’m fairly new to this city.

How do you get to work and how long does it take you?

I take a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw (also known as a Tuk-Tuk) or the bus and my commute time is roughly 30 to 45 minutes.

Of all India’s major cities, Mumbai gets the most rain — how do you cope?

Well, we’re pretty resilient. Truth to tell, the city seems to cleanse itself during the four-month monsoon season. And everyone has a rainy day story. Strangers become friends and people help each other out. It can be a fun time.

If you had a choice of living anywhere in the world — where would it be?

I’ve recently fallen in love with Melbourne, Australia — other than that it’s New York, London, Paris and Rome.

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