Please give a small bio of yourself.
Shelina Mediratta, 47 years.
Happy Wife and mother of 2 amazing boys.
Metabolic Balance – Weight loss and Wellness Coach, DNAFit Practitioner,
Loving, romantic, impulsive, smart, fierce, compassionate, humorous (Arav added the last one)
How do you think people perceive you?
It is not something that bothers me anymore so I seldom think about things like that.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
My kids and how they are doing (this pretty much is a constant conscious/subconscious thought throughout the day for me since they left for boarding school), I make a to do list and check the day’s schedule in the yearly planner that runs my life!
I think about how I should really start yoga but then think about how boring that would be plus the last yoga teacher refused to take my calls after the first session so maybe that’s a sign! I love to plan and go on holidays so I tend to google destinations, hotels, flights and then proceed to download onto my husband (he smiles for the most part but I know he probably thinks “How did I end up with this looneytoon?!!”.
For the most part I tend to listen to music and look out the window, catch my reflection and think “damn…I better book my brow appointment!”
Tell us something we don’t know.
I have a happy “dance” that only a few people have seen me do. I look like a complete and utter idiot nevertheless when I am over the moon and ecstatic my body literally bursts into the most ridiculous “dance”.
How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?
I want to keep the few friends I have and that’s why I don’t play Monopoly.
How long does it take you to scroll through Instagram before you eventually give up?
20 seconds or so
What do you think cats dream about?
Milk and ruling the world.
If you were a Disney/ mythological character, who would you choose to be?
Disney – Sarabi – I love her strength, loyalty, fierceness, kindness, beauty and elegance.
Mythological – Aphrodite – goddess of fertility, love, and beauty
You’ve got to give one up:
No brainer – Cheese.
Why would you not give up the other?
To avoid a mass murder lol
What do you think is completely overrated in this world?
Growing old and grey!
What series are you watching currently and would you recommend it to others?
Caliphate – yes I would. It was so intense and gripping that whilst I was watching it I temporarily forgot about the corona virus situation, although not sure substituting one mad situation for another is advisable but sometimes desperatetimes call for desperate measures!
If you have no financial restrictions at all, what would be the one thing you would buy for yourself?
I would buy a top end, super, highly successful boutique hotel group that has properties around the world.
Do you ever compliment yourself?
Do you acknowledge your success or the good job that you’re doing?
Well…from time to time yes but probably not as often as I should.
Who applauds your success the most?
My husband, kids, parents and last but not least my awesome clients who constantly inspire me.
Five worldly possessions you cannot live without.
My wedding ring as it is an innate part of me, my phone, chocolate, my concealer (sheesh you should see my panda eyes…scary!), my pink pouch, which ironically is not pink, and the contents definitely go beyond your stipulated “Five”.
What’s your favourite holiday destination that you’ll go to again and again?
That’s not fair! Only one?! I do love Miami and Aruba and Thailand.
What’s your honest opinion on family Whatsapp groups?
They can be insightful, supportive and help maintain family bonds and connections.
Lastly, you’ve been gifted an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with it?
I would not accept the gift, from a moral standpoint it is totally unethical and goes against my personal values and principles, I refuse to keep the elephant in captivity as the conditions and environment I am able to provide do not meet the it’s needs.
A natural life for the elephant is only possible in the wild – where it belongs. In addition conservation lawsare very clear that wild animals need to be in an environment that is suited to them – in the WILD or in a wildlife conservancy where the environment is created for them and the goal is for them to be returned back into the wild.
Elephants are fast disappearing due to poaching and/or in some countries used to entertain which is totally unacceptable. They are not pets and need to be in the wild, with their families (elephants are one of the most family oriented animals, and need to be around their families from an emotional perspective).
Elephants are a keystone species; they play a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live. It is our responsibility to ensure that we respect the lives of such wild animals and allow them to live free from captivity.