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Good Indian Girl, Definitely: Reshma Thakkar

I currently reside in: Chicago, IL

What’s your favorite hangout in Chicago: The lake! For everything from running, doing yoga, catching up with a friend or meditating early morning, it’s always blissful.

I currently work as: Wellness consultant/yoga teacher for overstressed professionals.

I do this because: The number one question people ask me is “How can I have your life?” The funny thing is, I have been in their shoes, working a corporate job, stressed out beyond belief, sick, unhappy, but then I realized I had the power to change it all. I embarked on a life changing journey a few years ago and these days, I am happier than I have ever been. Now, through my business, Poses with a Purpose, I share my experience with others so they too can have a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life full of fun and adventure. And it’s not as hard as you may think!

What are some Indian traditions you still follow? No shoes in the house, following a vegetarian diet, putting oil in my hair, cooking with ghee, and tongue scrapers. And I LOVE to rock a sari.

Bollywood or Hollywood, and why?I am not a big movie buff, but if I have to choose, it would be Bollywood, because no matter how cheesy, they always get to that hopeless romantic in me. Plus the music rocks my world.

Favorite movie? DDLJ

What’s your favorite thing about culture? How colorful it is, in every possible way. The clothing, the people, the customs, traditions, food, everything. And in spite of all the differences and variations, there is an intense sense of unity among Indians. It’s beautiful.

What’s one piece of advice your parents have given you that should probably be or are abiding by? Be honest and humble, do good things, treat others well, and then trust that everything is working out and will always work out in your best interest.

So are you a Good Indian Girl (Definitely, Maybe, Sort Of, No Way)? Definitely, I have such a deep love and respect for my heritage and culture. It has played a major part in defining who I am and what I have become, and I hope I can pass along what I know to others.

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