I remember faces. When I meet people, their faces stay with me. To an extent that I feel I am solving a puzzle by finding resemblances. It’s a good thing cos I can almost instantly recognize people when I meet them for the second time. However, not all of the memory is for good. If I see a celebrity in real life, I would not know who the person is. All I know is that I have seen the person but for that moment, I fail to recall. This could also be my lack of interest in stardom so to say.
So, a selfie with a celebrity is not my thing. Never. Early this year, at Bangalore airport, Irfan Pathan was at a hand’s distance and while many were clicking pictures, I was wondering who this guy looks like only to be told later who he was. Yes, I can be like that. I just have a tweet from that day but no picture.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 3, 2016
However, this July when I was attending NASSCOM HR summit, the last session of the two-day program was by actor Boman Irani and he was there to share his life journey. It was inspirational. Bollywood celebrities have never made the cut in my life so far but Irani’s story touched me. His struggles, how he kept going despite the tough phases and how it’s never too late to start in life. He was a storyteller throughout the talk and I loved how he engaged one and all. Even those who had to leave early to catch flights.
So when the session ended, the team wanted a selfie with Irani and this time I too wanted one. I had a good team of extroverts and they made way for me. Moving through the crowd of HR professionals, we were right next to Irani when my colleague could not spot me. She was ready with her phone camera and yelled, “Where is Parul?”
Quick, called out Irani, “Yes, where is Parul?”. Standing next to Irani, I replied, “Right here!” We burst out laughing. All of us. We clicked that selfie – my first with a celebrity and left the conference jubilant at our achievement.
His face is now one I will not forget. Ever.
Writing a personal story for Yeah Write #279 today.