What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be in the company of good friends.
What is your greatest fear?
Am pretty fearless.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I like myself, though I am sure there are many others who would be happy to answer this question.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Meanness, when someone is small-minded and petty.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Has to be shoes, I love shoes.
On what occasion do you lie?
I don’t lie but I can sidestep issues when required.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing, though my treadmill is calling out to me.
Which living person do you most despise?
Despise is an emotion, I am indifferent to many whom I would not waste emotion on.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A sense of humour. Of course, good looks help.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I need to sleep.
When and where were you happiest?
The years I lived and worked in New York and now in Karachi.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing. My dream was to be one of The Supremes – eyelashes, big hair, sequined miniskirts, the works.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more tolerant and empathetic towards others.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have had no major achievements, lots of minor ones. But getting profiled by US Vogue was pretty cool.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A roach. Scientists say their brains can save lives, we use ours to take lives.
Where would you most like to live?
On Russian Hill in San Francisco.
What is your most treasured possession?
My grandparents’ wedding rings.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When someone is stripped of their dignity.
If you didn’t do your current job, what would you choose to do?
I’d be a scuba dive instructor on some beautiful island.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Who is your hero of fiction?
Raja Rasalu. We need more people like him to fight today’s ogres and demons.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Attila the Hun
Who are your heroes in real life?
Strong and brave women like Mukhtar Mai and countless others who work tirelessly to make this a better country for all women.
What is your greatest regret?
Fortunately have no great regrets, a small regret is that I didn’t go to Australia while I lived in the Philippines.
What?s your favourite quote?
“You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave”
How many hours of loadshedding did you experience yesterday?
It was a good day, only four. Today has been much worse.