'What I love about Princess Mia is that she's opinionated and outspoken - just like me!': Shefali Karani
What book are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I love the way she marries her experience with the art of decluttering. As a perfectionist, I can really relate to the book and practices. Keeping your surroundings tidy makes you feel a lot more energetic and optimistic about everything, just as Marie claims it to be.
A book that changed your life, and why?
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I stumbled upon this self-help book at a very low period in my life, and the positivity that I gained from the book helped me view my life through a whole new perspective. It totally changed me as a person.
A memorable literary character, and why?
Mia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. It was one of my favourite series throughout my teenage years, even in college. What I love about Princess Mia is that she's opinionated and outspoken, just like me!
A book you think is underrated, and why?
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. This isn't your normal run-of-the-mill self-help book. Marie shares her own anecdotes about figuring out how to keep her life clutter-free but, in the process, she discovers that she does require help and cooperation from the people around her. You learn to see how tidying up is not just another household chore that you do in life, but a way of living.
Your favourite book quote - and why.
"Keep believing in yourself, put aside the haters,
and keep going." This is a quote from my book, Own It! Love What You Already Have. I have dealt with a lot of challenges and learned a lot of lessons on my journey to becoming a renowned businesswoman. But, above all else, I learned to follow my heart.
- As told to Karen Ann Monsy