I don't define myself by my profession, but this is mainly to give you an idea about how my work and passion come together: I am an Associate Professor at a university in Toronto. I never planned to be professor, but somehow it happened. I was supposed to take care of our family business in New Delhi, but I got lured by Dostoevsky, Shakespeare and Co. and ended up doing a Masters and an M.Phil (English) both from Delhi University. I chose to come to Canada for my PhD in 2001, published a book on European travel narratives, and I have been teaching in Toronto for over 10 years now. Unfortunately, I am a little too educated, but I don't care if you are as educated or not. I think the Academia is as good or bad as any other profession. That said, I love my job!
Besides Literature, I am deeply interested in theatre and world cinema, and I have enjoyed doing workshops on drama and cinema both in India and Canada. I also teach courses on performance and film studies, which I really enjoy.
Yes, I do spend loads of time at TIFF and Stratford, but I am not one of those academics who are confined to the classics, since I am equally interested in mainstream/popular arts – all kinds of music and films from ‘Bollywood’ to Hollywood.
I also used to be a full time runner during my school/college days in New Delhi, and I still love to go for a jog all the time.
As a freelance journalist, I have written on films and sports for newspapers, Britannica etc.
I am looking for someone who is fun, and looking for a long term relationship. Someone who will effortlessly drink a few litres of coffee with me, and happily pretend to smile and look interested when I make nonsensical connections between Shakespeare and hmmmm……
Films: I am the main Editor of the Film section of an Encyclopedia published by Routledge. I watch way too many films - all kinds, all genres, musicals, westerns....loads of adaptations of plays and novels.
I spend lots of time in the Theatre - love watching plays, live performances.
Music: If I mention my favourite - the No. 1 on my list, then you might not want to meet me!
My favourite food is Indian! Both "North Indian" and "South Indian".
My nephews (they are obviously not "things")