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Waris Ahluwalia

Curriculum Vitae Q&A with actor, designer, and founder of House of Waris Botanicals.

Astrological sign?
Scorpio 
 
Lucky number?
13 

Favorite Color?
Black Dusty Pink

Morning, Noon, or Night?
Dawn
 
Uptown, Midtown, or Downtown?
Downtown. 
 
Oscars, Tonys, or Grammys?
Nobel 
 
Met, MOMA, or Movies?
Met

Football, Baseball, or Basketball?
Basketball
 
Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
Oolong 
 
Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
Dates
 
Red, White, or Rose?
Damask Rose

Spicy, Salty, or Sweet?
Spicy, Salty and Sweet. 
 
Sandwich, Soup, or Salad?
Soup in the winter and a salad in the summer.
 
Black, white or color?
Winter – Black
Summer – Color 

Is your closet messy or neat?
Neat.

What’s your favorite room?
Kitchen
 
What do you collect?
Good times. Passport stamps. 
 
Dream dinner guest?
Pema Chodron

Sunday ritual?
Turning the phone off.

Favorite flower?
Peony  

Cheat meal?
Pizza, pasta, chocolate cake, coconut gelato 

Do you have any rituals that you consider important to being your best self?
Breathing. Pausing. Breathing.
 
Talent you’d like to have?
Carpentry 

Best thing about New York?
Everything  

What does Considered Luxury mean to you?
The energy, the focus and the clarity comes from a commitment to a way of life that brings together the body and the spirit. In life and work, from the beginning, I like to know where it all comes from. The origin. My suits come from tailors I know, my shoes come from a designer and cobbler in California. I know the ethos of the individuals and their companies.  

Now the same applies to what I put on my body as does what I put in my body. My produce comes from farmer’s markets here in the city and brands with ethical practices.  I workout with a trainer to maintain a physical fitness routine. I meditate to keep my self grounded and balanced. I practice yoga to encourage circulation of the blood. It’s a wonderful blend of Eastern and Western spiritual practices and physical conditioning. The only true luxury is time, so one must be considerate of how it is spent. 

How do you practice living in the moment and being present?
It’s definitely a constant challenge for everyone. The past holds onto you with claws and with a real grip. I think that’s where the idea of breathing and meditation and letting everything be like a cloud comes in. It sounds so easy to say but it’s harder to practice. We are who we are as a result of our history, of the people that we’ve encountered, of the things we’ve experienced and the places we’ve been. The troubles and difficulties we’ve gone through in our lives. Those are the things that have shaped us. It’s such a fine line and a fine balance because you have to respect those things. You have to allow for them and celebrate those things. I had a dark period, but I am who I am because of that dark period. When a stone gets shaped by water, it floods for 100 years and we are shaped by our experiences. You’re never going to be able to let go and you really shouldn’t. It’s not a thing of “how can I let go,” it will always be there. It is you. You have this past and it’s about the stories you tell.

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