journeYoung : Your ultimate motivation.
Meher Bee : To be able to buy enough shoes without having to worry about credit card bills. (Laughs)
jY : When was it you felt victorious!
Meher : I’ve still got a long way to go! But I usually allow myself a little victory dance when I accomplish something I was afraid of before.
jY : What was the scratch you started with?
Meher : I think I 13 when I had an ‘I could be a writer’ epiphany. I used to write these silly little poems and short stories that my high school English teacher (and only fan) quite appreciated. Next, I got myself a degree in Journalism from Delhi University, a job at Cosmopolitan magazine and worked my way up the ladder. Four and a half years later I’m the Assistant Editor at Maxim. But what I really love writing is content for my humour blog called #5ReasonsWhy. I’m going to do something big with that soon.
jY : Your closest to heart moment/piece of art/ work memory.
Meher : While interviewing celebrities is a norm, a memorable moment for me was when I got to talk to the original pin-up girl Dita Von Teese for Cosmopolitan. She’s an amazing woman and I learned a lot from her during our hour-long chat. I think I matured by at least five years after that.
jY : When you feel that you are falling, what pulls you up? Meher : It’s usually a sensible chat from my dad — he’s brilliant. I tend to have moments of self-doubt and my dad’s always there to pull be back up, dust me off, and send me on my way!
jY : One thing funny about your work or share an experience may be?
Meher : I’d have to say the funniest thing about my work is me! I’ve worked with some wonderful people over the years, most of whom will agree I’m ridiculously entertaining. Haha! But I think one of the most embarrassing things to ever happen to me was when I was interviewing an A-list Bollywood actress and didn’t have time to research her body of work or her life. I think that was the most I’ve faffed in my life — more than high school history exams!
jY : Any interesting hobby you want to share?
Meher : I wouldn’t call this a hobby but more of a lifestyle choice — I LOVE good food. I usually spend a large part of my day going through food menus on Zomato to figure out where to head for dinner. And I’m lucky to be surrounded by friends who love to eat too — none of that calorie-counting salad nonsense!
jY : Which city you belong to? Meher : I’m based out of Noida (New Delhi NCR).
jY : What is the big plan?
Meher : The big plan is to write a book, have my passport stamped at least 50 times, and wear fabulous shoes till the end of time!