This is the first post in our Interview Series. Because we both know some really interesting people all over the world, we’ve decided to begin featuring some of them and the amazing things that they do.
Utts met Faraz in Kodaikanal when they were both in ninth grade and Faraz still loved Nirvana. He was a curious boy- had the best taste in music, in fact, almost everything Uttara knows about “alternative” music, he taught her, he also had a Xanga. He played the double bass and read Murakami.
After high school in India he went to NYU and studied Economics. He is the kind of person who would find wonder in any city and if there is anyone who is up to finding New York’s hidden treasures, it is him. He knows the best places to eat, to go to concerts, even just to sit. He will go running with you in Central Park and take you to beautiful parts of the city where you can talk about what your life would look like if you lived in that town house with the red door and the hidden garage.
He is currently in New Delhi working for NACO.
Below are his answers to some interview questions.
nosurefooting: What’s the evil version of you like?
Faraz: Mostly like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbW9JqM7vho
nsf: Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Faraz: Let’s get real: everyone likes milk chocolate.
nsf: Biggest fear?
Faraz: Brain aneurysms. Because they can happen anywhere, anytime. (That’s what makes it so terrifying.)
nsf: If you could be an animal which animal would you be?
Faraz: An impala – a tame impala.
nsf: Favourite book – of forever or right now?
Faraz: Right now – Milan Kundera’s Life is Elsewhere
nsf: Three elements to the perfect date?
Faraz: DATING IS, LIKE, SO MNSTRM.
nsf: Favourite song to listen to when you are at a party? Would you be at a party?
Faraz: Madonna’s “Lucky Star”, duh. And yes.
nsf: Best time of day to take a nap?
Faraz: NAPPING IS, LIKE, SO MNSTRM.
nsf: Guilty pleasure music?
Faraz: Madonna’s “Lucky Star”.
nsf: Last great film you saw?
Faraz: Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Tulpan: It’s about a Kazakh sailor who returns to his village with the aim of finding a bride and starting a family after his stint in the navy, only to find that the last remaining single woman in the village doesn’t want to marry him because “his ears are too big”. Very relatable.
nsf:Best thing you’ve bought in the past year?
Faraz: THINGS ARE, LIKE, SO MNSTRM.
nsf: Your ringtone?
Faraz: The opening notes of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ilXm-WRXvo – DUGADUGADUGADUGADUGA! DUGUDGUDUDGUDUGUDU!
nsf: Favourite TV show?
Faraz: The Sopranos
nsf: Favourite breakfast food?
nsf: Dream travel destination?
Faraz: Iceland – or Turkey (if I’m dreaming while sleeping on my side)
nsf: What do you sing in the shower?
Faraz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg8rQMWhVUw – Incessantly.
nsf: If you had a time machine where would you go?
nsf: Best comfort food?
Faraz: Bacon. Parle-G.
nsf: First purchase you’d make if you won the lottery?
Faraz: An around-the-world ticket – right away.
nsf: Favourite drink?
Faraz: Appletini. And long walks on the beach. Also, hot bubble baths.
nsf: If you could be any character from fiction, who would you be?
nsf: What can’t you live without?
Faraz: Music. And clichés.
nsf: Best concert apart from Radiohead?
Faraz: Sonic Youth playing ‘Daydream Nation’ in its entirety in 2007, Chicago.
nsf: Have you ever read Don Quixote?
Faraz: No. And that’s alright.
nsf: What would the title of your biography be?
He got rid of his Xanga a few years ago, but he “sometimes takes simple photographs”. He is the best person you will ever meet.