Deepti Varma, you do you!

Cheesecake is my one true love!!

You Do You: Deepti Varma
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Helloo! I’m Deepti Deepak Varma, a 26 year old from Bangalore, and I guess you could call me the crazy cat lady!

HOW DO YOU DO YOU?

You know what makes me the happiest? Like, when you say the word happy, you know what first pops up in my head? Cheesecake. Yep. Cheesecake, cheesecake, and more cheesecake. I just love it. If I had to dig a little deeper, I’d also add things like food, books, and fur babies. But cheesecake is still the one true love.

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My three favourite simple joys in life are enjoying a hot cup of chai and a good read, on a beautiful, rainy day.

If my life was a book, it’d be called ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ — oops! (Self-deprecating humour, ftw) But on a lighter note, ‘Adventure Times with Varmovsky.’

SPONTANEOUS, QUIRKY ME

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I love going on impulsive trips. They’re the most spontaneous things I’ve ever done – just packing my bags and going somewhere without planning ahead, or giving it a second thought. That’s what makes it so exciting and adventurous!

Two quirky things about me are the fact that I am crazy fascinated with snakes, and I absolutely love dyeing my hair! 🙂

I LOVE

I love spending time with my family. We eat a lot, talk a lot, laugh a lot, and just be merry, without a care in the world! It’s always so much fun with them, and I’m glad I have them by my side.

My one true guilty pleasure would be the fact that I love MTV Splitsvilla, ehehe. I also love heavy binging on snacks and junk food, but I think Splitsvilla takes the cake (cheesecake!!).

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GIVE THANKS

I’m very grateful for all the people I know! Family, friends, and even strangers I meet. There was this one time during the on-going pandemic when I went to the supermarket, and a random guy was sweet enough to give me the last packet of orange Lays (my favourite) that he had picked, in exchange for some Sour Punk candy. Sweet gestures like this really make my day, and I’m super grateful for it.

BEST ADVICE EVER

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If I had only 10 years to live, I’d definitely read more, and be more of an active activist. Of course, traveling more would be on the list as well! Only 10 years to visit as many places around the world – gotta make the most of it!

Dear 15 year old self…empathy, always.

Dear 60 year old self… I always thought I’d die by the age of 50, so, wahey! Hi there!

ALL-TIME FAVOURITES?

Favourite Movies:

  • True Crime Movies, Documentaries, Psych Thrillers
  • Horror, Gore Movies
  • Foreign Language Movies
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Favourite Books:

All of Murakami.

Favourite Songs:

How about a few artists instead? Amelie Lens, Polo & Pan, aswekeepsearching, Prateek Kuhad, Kerala Dust.

Favourite Fairytale:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Favourite Games:

From back in the day—Dangerous Dave, Duck Hunt, Roadrash, Mario, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man. As a uni-goer—NFS, GTA, Call of Duty.

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YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES?

Funnily enough, a lot of my favourite memories are food-related. Whether it was Pizza and Movie Nights with my father as a child, or having the best New York Cheesecake when I’d travelled to NYC, or just thinking about gorging myself on all the yumminess my maternal grandmother whipped up! My fondest memories are of her, without a doubt. As a child, I loved every story session we’d have together. As an adult, the worldly conversations on topics ranging from literature to politics and philosophy!

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FINDING HOOGAH DURING COVID

My biggest takeaway from this pandemic is the intensified learning and unlearning of privilege, and how one can use privilege for the better. I think this is the most important factor that everyone needs to be aware about – understanding privilege, and using it for the good.

Sometimes it gets tough to deal with things during the lockdown – I don’t think there’s been a particular ‘thing’ that makes it tough… maybe a few days here and there, for varied reasons. And when I feel low, I feel it. I feel all of it. But I find pockets of happy in good conversations with family and friends, or when I’m discovering new music, or books, or films and shows, or by finishing the long pile of ‘to read’ books. Or even simply just sleeping to my heart’s content.

I love the increased amount of time I spend in practicing yoga and meditation. Oh, and my basic cooking skills have been taken up a notch, too! (they’re still basic, but not BASIC, if you know what I mean, hehe)

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 “We’re in this together” means different things for different people in times like these. And that’s mostly because of how we come/speak from a place of privilege. Learning and unlearning your privilege, keeping it in check, and using it to do good is what we need more of.

Also, as unprecedented as times are, things are extremely overwhelming—social media and the news can get exhausting, so can conversations. Log off when you feel exhausted. Keep your mind and mental health in check. After all, you can only help others if you’re all good. 🙂

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