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Who’s Nisha Ayyappan?

I am a wanderer & tree-hugger, bookish and a bit lazy. I love food, movies, exploring different cultures and taking photographs.  Also, I am quite curious about the world. 
When was the last time you got to experience nature?
Nature is everywhere. From the river flowing nearby to the rainwater puddle in our courtyard to my mother’s voice chatting to our neighbour.  But somehow we only take notice when risk is involved.  Like climbing a slope or swimming along the crashing waves.  I have had a few truly exhilarating and fulfilling experiences with nature that put my mind and body to the test.  A trip to Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand where I got to see the rapidly changing face of nature, the descent to the Root Bridges in Cherrapunji,  the climb to see Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, the long trek to Meesapulimala. All were taxing to my body but extremely satisfying.  The last time was two weeks ago when I climbed to the Malayattoor Church with my family.  Not very far from home, it was green and beautiful and quite shorter than my former pursuits.  But it showed me how much the last two years had weakened my body. Living in Kerala has made me see the wrath of nature regularly for the past few years.  Some up close and some from far. Man takes from nature and she takes it back.  The ability to learn from mistakes somehow eludes the human psyche when it comes to personal gain.
What was an unexpected movie that makes you emotional?
I have to say Love You Zindagi. Unexpected and mortifying experience.  I very rarely cry at movies.  And I didn’t think LYZ was that great a movie either.  But somehow when Alia Bhatt confronts her parents, I completely lost it and bawled like a baby.  Luckily it was a morning show and there was no one seated next to me.
On vacation, are you the relax-by-the-pool kind or a get-up-and-go adventurer kind?
I am a mix of both.  I like relaxing by the pool (or a beach or a lake) as much as being on the go. Relaxation is very important. I don’t like rushing through my holiday.  As in “I have only five days so let me do as much as I can”. Big No-No for me.  But that does not mean I want to just lie around all day.  I would like to see the places, meet a few people, try the local cuisine, experience a new culture, etc.
If you could ‘only’ listen to ‘one singer or band’ for the rest of your life, who would you choose?
That is hard to answer.  I have never had one favourite band or singer. There are so many.  Maybe I will pick Backstreet Boys.  They were a part of my growing-up years.  Or maybe I would just listen to Kishore Kumar’s songs.  It is better and safe to pick old favourites.  If they have not bored me yet, I don’t think they will ever. 
If you had to create an alter ego for yourself, who would it be and what would you name them?
If I can create an alter ego she will definitely have superpowers. Like the ability to fly or be invisible. Or maybe the ability to simply wish for things to happen.  I will call her Super Me.
What was a tough experience that you learned and grew from?
I have to say, losing my father.  I was sixteen and it was my first personal loss. My first experience with illness and death.  I saw my strong-willed and loving father become frail, weak, and wither away in front of my eyes. It busted the myth for me that a parent’s arm will always be there to break my fall.
What was your absolute dream job?
I am not an ambitious or goal-oriented person.  I don’t have a dream job. In fact, I would like to try different jobs. I also think it would be great to travel for a living.  My two requirements from a job are zero boredom and a decent salary.  
Do you think you are young at heart or an old soul?
That is an interesting question.  I think I haven’t progressed much after adolescence in many ways.  I am stubborn, it doesn’t take much to get me emotional and excited.  I don’t feel very mature either even though I pretend to be sometimes.  I think it is safe to say that  I am a teenager at heart.
Do you believe in aliens?
Well, I like to believe that it is possible, there is life outside this planet.  But until something is found it is difficult to believe.   I don’t believe the Hollywood version anyway.  The far advanced and volatile version of aliens that the movies have invented is unquestionably entertaining but hard to believe.
What foreign language(s) would you want to master and why?
I would like to learn French and maybe Japanese. French because I have always wanted to learn it for some reason. And Japanese because it’s so different and I cannot make either head or tail of it. I have always had an interest in languages. It has always been a pleasure to phrase something in a different language and be understood.
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