Sometimes you can block out a lot of things because you’re thinking about so much and you can distract yourself, but sometimes that distraction of being ADD can really set you back.
Sometimes I’ll feel down and realise it’s because of a depressing plot.
I am fighting because of my innocence. I am fighting because I am a victim. I am not a doper.
I’m not bragging but I used to be rather beautiful, with lovely legs, and people would always ask me to dance. But suddenly people didn’t take any notice of me any more. I was at a party in my 50s and was forced to dance with a chair because nobody wanted to dance with me.
Because our site was live video, and because our backend was extremely unstable, we were always in a PTSD-inducing constant state of stress.
I’ve had tragedy in my life, but I think that gives me a depth that I can bring to my work. I’d like to see more older women on TV because they can bring that life experience and emotion to a performance.
One of the reasons I think Y Combinator is so powerful is because it creates a new social norm, especially for those who come from outside Silicon Valley.
In 1930, when I was three and my sister was four, my father sent us to Miss Tracy’s, a little ‘dame’s school’ in Ipswich. I do remember playing with an abacus. He took us away after a term because he thought we weren’t learning anything.
I first started in tech when one of my friends and I decided it was a good opportunity to start a company while we were in school because we had almost no opportunity cost. Our opportunity cost was playing ‘World of Warcraft’ and drinking beer. We thought it was a good time to try something.
I think I can fit in multiple styles and adjust to multiple styles just because of my skill set.
I think when you start talking about selling a company or a company wants to buy you, then you start thinking about how much money you’re going to have. That’s insidious because it saps your will to continue.
Not having my dad in the house really wasn’t tough for me because my mom in the house is really all I know.
I come from a generation where I did not have any knowledge about racism, trolling or degrading someone because we hardly used to do it to other people.
I can play small ball because I can guard multiple positions because I can really move.
So when people used to call me ‘chinki’ I thought that okay maybe my mother is Chinese so they are calling me that. It was only in my 20s, when I travelled to the north-east that I realised that it was racist and that the north-easterners were called this and they were not considered Indians just because of the way they look.
One of the things big law partners say when they talk about Atrium is that we get people who wouldn’t make partner. And I say, they’re the people who are doing the work for you anyway, but they transition out because they hate the lifestyle.
People anyway didn’t take me seriously because of the way I look. And for some reason, there’s this Indian perception that sportspersons should look wanting, they should look like they’ve put up a real struggle.
I respect my competitors, you know, I get respect back from them. I respect people out there who pay for their tickets to come watch us compete. And I respect the reporters because they’ve got to come out here and tell a good story. That’s what it is. It’s just a cycle of respect.
I’ve never entertained the idea of retiring because I’ve never regarded myself as having a proper job. Anyway, retirement can be the death of you.
Hollywood’s Me Too campaign was massive. Do you think only those women who were harassed or sexually exploited were a part of the campaign? No. Everyone was a part of it, because until and unless you unite for a cause like this, nothing will change.
There have been times in my career where I’ve been so dialed-in and focused, and I realized when people told me, ‘Do you remember this?’ And I’ll be like, ‘Oh, I don’t,’ because I was so focused on everything.
I think that’s why a lot of people are very lonely and get ill when they’re older, because I think loneliness and having no motivation, nothing to work towards… I think it kills you.
I mean, just because you weren’t raped doesn’t mean that rape culture doesn’t exist or that rapes don’t happen.
I have always played under pressure because I have always played for my team in doubles and mixed doubles and it was always like if the doubles pair win then the team wins.