20+ Questions with Wild Wild Country’s Ma Anand Sheela

Love her or hate her, but you can’t ignore Ma Anand Sheila, the star of Netflix’s docuseries Wild Wild Country. Ahead of our full interview we tossed twenty-something fun questions Sheela’s way.

What is your Star sign?

Capricorn.

What time is your alarm clock set for? 

Believe it or not, I have never set an alarm in my life. I tell my mind the night before the time I want to wake up and the following morning I’m awake more or less at that time. 

What were you in your past life?

(Laughs) I don’t know. I’ve never occupied my brain with such thoughts.

What is your go-to shower song?  

It’s one of my own songs called ‘I love you my Cora’. I usually sing it to my dog because she’s the only one who will tolerate my voice. 

What book are you currently reading?

I don’t have time to read. I’m too busy looking after my patients.

What is your current binge-watching guilty pleasure?

I love watching political news shows on Youtube.  Especially from the US because I am so disturbed by Trump.

Favourite TV Show?

Indian Idoland Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Favorite movie?

Bajirao Mastani.

Favorite genre of music?

Indian Classical.

Favorite musician?

For the last couple of years, I have been listening to Shankar Thakur.

Favorite Ma Sheela one-liner?

Tough Titties.

Secretly, what female superhero are you?

Superwoman.

Favorite decade? 

Definitely the 60’s. 

How would your fury friend describe you?

Cora (dog) would describe me as courageous.

Do you consider a tomato a fruit or vegetable? 

Both. It’s a fruit in the summer and a vegetable in the winter.

Favorite ice-cream flavor?

Pistachio-Walnut.

A person you would like to trade places with for 3 1/4 days?

I wouldn’t want to trade my life with anyone. Sheela’s life has been so intense, interesting and grandiose, I would only want to be me. I feel in my short 70 years, I have lived 370 years.

What does Sheela worry about, and why? 

I worry about my patients.

Biggest Challenge in life?

Learning German at age 40.

When are you the happiest?

I’m always happy. By nature, I’m not a moody person. From the time I wake up, my goal is to make everyone happy. 

What inspires you?

My patients. 

The worst advice someone intelligent has ever given you?

That’s a tough one. I can’t really remember anyone giving me bad advice. Even if they did, I honestly don’t think I would have listened. 

Your favorite place on earth?

Wherever I go is my favorite place. I make every place I visit my place. My home.

A slogan for your life?

Be fearless and be courageous.

By JSK

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