Friend of the Week: Riddhi Parekh
1. expert wine drinker.
2. professional slacker.
3. sometimes a children's book scouting associate.
4. long-time and current roommate.
Where are you from?
Bombay, a colourful, crazy and chaotic city from a little known country called India. Perhaps you have heard of it?
What's a day in the life of Riddhi Parekh like?
It consists of a lot of doing things I don't want to do while thinking about things I think I want to do. There's a fair amount of simply worrying about laundry and the environment. Sometimes I go to work. And I by sometimes I mean every day. #reluctantslave.
I try to add yoga to the mix. And for fun, I pore over thousand-piece jigsaw puzzles. Yes, I'm really lots of fun.
What's your greatest attribute?
My perfect figure and of course, my superhuman intelligence.
Favorite thing about living in NYC?
It's so similar to Bombay, I feel like I fit right in. A busy city with an extremely diverse population. I love the fact that there's so much to explore here. Even though I've lived here for over five years, I know there are so many sights yet to see. I love seeing the peacocks at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the fact that they are practically my neighbors. And of course, you. Living with you.
If you could only have one kind of food and drink for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Easy. My mother's love. And the tears of my enemies.
Okay, I lied. I think this is the most difficult question anyone has ever asked me. You of all people know that I cannot do without my Friday night pizza and red wine. But does this mean I don't get to have any water? Or chai? Or my mom's Gujarati food? And how dare you make me think about a life without dosa? How dare you!
Favorite beauty product?
I don't use too many, but definitely try to avoid products tested on animals. I'm really loving this ultra rich Mashobra Honey and Vanilla body lotion by Forest Essentials, and Kailash Jeevan is my go-to skin cream. Issey Miyake is my all-time favorite perfume.
Funniest moment with me that you can remember?
Nice try Carly, but I love you too much to take you down on your own website! ;)
I do fondly remember the day we met, and you identified me by the dosa in my hand. And the day we made snow angels in our patio! And it always fills me with absolute delight when you burst into song randomly while we are talking about stuff in the kitchen. You belong on Broadway, girl.
Be happy with what you have. It's about the journey, not the destination.