Hi, my name is Manu. In grad school my friends used to say that I reminded them of Seinfeld, but to my credit, I'd never wear white sneakers on dark jeans.
In my time off work, food is probably my biggest passion, followed closely by dancing. I love exploring new recipes and restaurants and while I try my best to keep it healthy, the appeal of something crunchy and fried does get in the way. Some combination of yoga and long walks through the city hopefully makes up for it...
Anyhow, I'd like to think of myself as well-traveled. I was born in Africa and grew up there and in India before moving to the US. Last summer I was in Italy and this spring I made a trip to South America. I think countries are like people. They each have a personality and if I get to know them well, I always miss them when I'm gone.
What I’m doing with my life
I finished business school in LA and now work in management consulting. This means that I help other businesses solve their problems, though on many days it feels like herding cats. Still, it is a fun gig and I'm learning a lot, especially about people, their motivations and the business of business.
I’m really good at
I make the best hot cocoa...in the world. (Picture me saying that
in a Jeremy Clarkson voice. If you know what I'm talking about, we
should probably have a Top Gear night).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't own a TV and mostly use the internet through my phone, which has come to mean that I'm somewhat disconnected from certain parts of pop culture. That said I'll gladly follow you to trivia night, and completely make up all the answers.
The six things I could never do without
Trusted friends, some form of dancing, tea, human touch, a comfy
pair of pjs and the chance to sleep in every now then.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What happens if you mix marzipan and nutella. Preferably on top of
a warm crepe.
On a typical Friday night I am
My latest realization is that the things I remember the most, and the most fondly, are seldom things I had anticipated I would. I recently went on a road-trip up to the Big Sur area. We went hiking, dancing, beach-bumming - the works. Still the time I remember most is the night we couldn't find a good place to stay and ended up in a cheap motel in the middle of nowhere. We bought some booze, a deck of cards, burritos. We ate, drank, talked and played late into the night while the small town around us slept off.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I eat my falafels with ketchup.
Someday, when I don't live in a tiny apartment in the city, I'd
like to have a big, daft, orange dog.
You should message me if
You love Fox News. Okay, just kidding. But here are some good reasons to message me:
You value experiences over possessions.
You have an awesome restaurant or recipe recommendation.
Or if you value connecting with people, you have your life relatively well put together and you're confident but humble we'd probably get along.