In an episode of “Parts Unknown” taking place in Manila, Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian said that Filipinos are “probably the most giving of all the people on the planet.”

Interview with Charu Suri

  


 

What inspires you?

People who are beautiful, in and out, and who seek the beauty in the world.

What is one book everyone should read?

I love all the classics! I’m a fan of Dickens and Tolstoy. My top recommendation would probably be The Little Prince

Who is an Asian woman that you look up to?

I have a deep respect for Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things.

What is something you wish more people knew about you?

If I take a long time to reply to your email or inquiry, it’s because I’m trying to write a meaningful response- I’m not trying to be rude!

How does your heritage influence your career?

My Indian heritage deeply influences my jazz music. My upcoming album, the Book of Raga, is a blend of traditional South Indian Raga and jazz

What is the *worst* advice someone has ever given you?

To try to be someone else.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, determined, and ethical.

What is your go-to coffee order?

A creamy soy latte.

What do you consider to be the biggest problem facing Asian women today to be?

We’re seen as submissive and traditional: but in reality we’re passionate, outspoken fighters

 


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Charu Suri was born in South India. She is a pianist, composer and journalist and released her first original jazz album, Lollipops for Breakfast, in November, which won a Global Music Award. She is currently working on two upcoming albums including “The Book of Ragas” which combines Indian raga idioms and jazz. She is also an award-winning journalist and writes about travel for various publications. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and six-year-old daughter.

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