Continuing our NewsGen Ten series, today we learn a little more about media relations and operations associate Simran Kumar!Simran pic

  1. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which would you choose? After much thought, I have to say Gossip Girl. Sharing Blair Waldorf’s closet for a month would be beyond amazing. Friends is a very very close second!
  1. What are you reading these days? Right now I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the metro and also reading Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, which is about the 2008 financial crisis. I’m enjoying both books so much that I almost forget I’m on the metro and want to stay up late reading.
  1. Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know that I am extremely afraid of needles. If I have to get a shot or have my blood drawn, I need someone to hold my hand and distract me.
  1. What is the habit you are proudest of breaking? Or what habit do you want to break? I’m not a big soda drinker, but used to like the occasional Diet Coke. This year though, I’ve been working on breaking it. It’s only the second week of February, but I haven’t had a diet coke all year! Also proud of breaking my nail biting habit in high school.
  1. What is your heritage? 100% Indian! We are from North India, and most of my family still lives there.
  1. What kind of impact do you believe you have on people? I would like to think that I’m a supportive, non-judgmental cheerleader for my friends and family.
  1. What’s the strangest talent you have? I don’t know if it’s a talent, but I studied abroad in Paris during my junior year of college where all of my school work was in French, and sometimes today, I still dream in French.
  1. What is the best compliment you have ever received? That I look like and take after my mom. She continues to be one of my biggest inspirations and role models in life.
  1. Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favorite? I’ve lived in five cities so far, Hartford CT, where I was born, Southborough, MA where I grew up, Washington, DC, Paris, and New York. I consider myself really lucky to have had the opportunity to live in Paris and would say it is my favorite because I was able to truly live in French and master the language.
  1. What was the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Were you at a restaurant or at someone’s house? I can’t narrow it down to one answer, so many meals to choose from! My top two would be my grandmother’s chicken curry and rice, it’s a big bowl of comfort and it tastes like home. Second would be the outdoor lunch at the club my family are members of in Delhi (in India). Lunch is served on the lawn and they have different stalls with Indian, Chinese and continental foods, that is all made fresh in front of you. Best chicken kebabs I’ve ever eaten.