Meet Riya Sharma Shah

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Riya Sharma Shah

Female working in a male dominated field. On air radio personality who loves flirting with the mic. Always learning something new, currently enrolled at Yale. Expert at turning pain into purpose. Communication is the 101 cornerstone of any lasting equation. Trying to live by this โ€“

Khudi ko kar buland itna ki har takdeer se pehle, Khuda bande se khud pooche, Bata teri raza kya hai.

 Find me on Instagram as @anjriya and on Facebook as Riya Sharma.


Describe yourself.

Single mother trying to rock the parenting gig, passionate about women empowerment and fighting period poverty, ex banker and radio personality. Sun worshipper and tarot card reader! Poetry lover who can order cocktails in 5 different languages. Believer of karmic debts, loyal sapiosexual who values connection.
Silence is my favourite weapon of mass destruction.

How do you think people perceive you?

Since Iโ€™ve been widowed they think am a “bitchari” (a woman worthy of pity), but they have no clue am the B in BITCHari.
ALSO, please, when you approach me donโ€™t keep asking me or telling me about how โ€œyou heardโ€ about what happened to me. Iโ€™m trying very hard to survive โ€œwhat you heardโ€ plus it is  NOT a good conversation starter.

What do you think about when youโ€™re alone in your car?

The moments I spent with my husband Bunty Shah

Tell us something we donโ€™t know.

Ik ben heel druk maar ik heb time voor jou. Ik ben blij omdat jou is mijn vriend.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

All my friendships are ruined and today I realized its thanks to a board game.


How long does it take you to scroll through Instagram before you eventually give up?

A longgggggggggggggg time. I can kill 3 hours at a go just insta-stalking

What do you think cats dream about?

Their favourite desert โ€“ Chocolate mouse

If you were a Disney/ mythological character, who would you choose to be?

I want to be any Disney princess because I want to know how all that hair fits in a braid

Youโ€™ve got to give one up:



Why would you give up the other?

Cheese is my love language.

What do you think is completely overrated in this world?

Marriage. You can be madly,deeply and incomprehensibly connected to someone and not need marriage to validate that equation.

What series are you watching currently and would you recommend it to others?

SHE – its unbelievable!
I binge-watched the whole series in 3 days and would recommend it, has a saucy quotient and has a good girl who turns into a baddie. I like the metamorphosis the character goes through

If you have no financial restrictions at all, what would be the one thing you would buy for yourself?

A lavish chalet on a pristine European lake that overlooks the mountains. Also I’d hire a masseuse, vegan chef, facialist and hairstylist to stay with me


Do you ever compliment yourself? Do you acknowledge your success or the good job that youโ€™re doing?

 Yes I do, this change came after I read the book  – The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

Who applauds your success the most?

Meri maaa!

Five worldly possessions you cannot live without.



Hydrating face masks


Luxury 1500 threadcount bedsheets

Whatโ€™s your favourite holiday destination that youโ€™ll go to again and again?

Ananda in the Himalayas. I conceived my son there.

Whatโ€™s your honest opinion on family Whatsapp groups?

The easiest way to start a syaapa

Lastly, youโ€™ve been gifted an elephant. You canโ€™t give it away or sell it. What would you do with it?

I will get the lion we have at home to chase it away.

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