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Waris Ahluwalia

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

Astrological sign?
Lucky number?

Favorite Color?
Black Dusty Pink

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

Football, Baseball, or Basketball?
Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
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?

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

Sunday ritual?
Turning the phone off.

Favorite flower?

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

As we’re moving into the new decade, what are you taking with you and what are you leaving behind?
Taking most of my friends with me. Some had to be sacrificed for the greater good. Also, leaving my sanity behind- it served of little use in 2019.

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

Best thing about New York?

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. 

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