Sushama Reddy: The Globetrotter
Talking about time, watches, travelling, and generally leading a fairly luxurious life, here's an insight into what it's like to be Sushama Reddy...
What does time mean to you?
I can't imagine a structure to my life without a sense of time. Time, for me, is everything---which is why I try to extract the most from it by multitasking.
What have been the highlights of your life?
My childhood was filled with books, music and travel. My formative years were simple, but definitely counted as the wonder years. The turning point was when I went to school in the US. This move also turned out to be a major stepping stone in my life, because I left India and the protective environment of my parents' house, and learnt to fend for myself. I was merely 17 then, so it offered the grounding I needed for the years ahead. I became supremely independent and developed a deep love for other cultures and travel. Another strong memory is when I attended the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and completed a programme in filmmaking. I still remember the details from our convocation, where they screened films made by students, and I was so nervous because my sister and friends were also present. At the end of the screening, my professor mentioned my name and I turned red! Some of my other highlights include my first modelling assignment (a chance occurrence), my first day as a VJ (disaster!), and my first stint as an actor (brilliant fun).
Which is your favourite holiday memory?
It's really hard to pin down my best holiday, since I travel incessantly. At the moment, it has to be my trip to Iceland, as well as my repeated trips to Antiparos, my sister Meghana's home in the Greek Cyclades. A good holiday for me is not necessarily filled with many people. I need to pace a holiday between the unfamiliar (new sights and sounds), as well as the familiar (comfort food and a few friends). I love the outdoors or a city holiday packed with culture, art galleries and museums.
What does luxury mean to you?
When it comes to luxury, I love bespoke. God is really in the details, so the more meticulous it gets, the more luxurious it is for me. I love small touches, whether it's a property, a watch, or even a visiting card. Also, luxury must be unique, original and well finished.
Which is your favourite timepiece?
Watches, I think, are the most distinctive ornaments that a person can wear. A watch is unique and speaks volumes about the wearer. It tells you a lot about his/her personality, whether they are leaders or followers, personality type, etc. I love open-face watches, as well as clever dials, along with beautiful straps and strong, sharp colours. I'm not fond of sporty watches. I have an Omega Constellation wristwatch. It's non-fussy and complements everything, so I carry it even on holidays. I also have an Omega Sportsmaster that reflects my love for oversized men's watches. I intend to buy a Roger Dubuis men's watch soon. My shopping list keeps growing with brands like Roger Dubuis, Franck Muller… I am currently checking out a range of boutique watchmakers who are very impressive.
How would you define your style?
When it comes to personal style, I like to mix and match my clothes. Being a slave to labels is bad not only as a style statement, but also on the pocket! I think one must worry more about whether the colours, the style and the cuts are suitable or not.
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