SANDHYA SHETTY ON HER LIFE, HER RULES

— Jasmeen Dugal

Sandhya Shetty makes flashbulbs pop like no other. Her expressive eyes, lofty cheekbones and fit bod makes her a coveted model and actor! A gold medalist Karate champion since years, she is working on a parallel career to empower women with the art of self defence. In conversation with the multifaceted lady!

 

My life has rules but yet no rules and that's the beauty of it all. A discipline in chaos which is beautifully woven into unfolding of the universal secrets. Born into a South-Indian family which is pretty much conservative and conventional. What I made of my life is proof that one can get influenced, one can be guided, one can imbibe but at the end, a free spirited soul does what the heart says.

 

From childhood till date I embraced pretty much all of it with great passion. Life in school and college was that of a free bird with innocence and totally carefree. The real world stirred the good, bad and the ugly and I made some strong choices which has made me what I am today. Being a model, actor, speaker and now who practices karate has truly helped me play multiple roles and enjoy it all. Strong family values and a foundation so strong which is built by my mother and father is the essence of my true character.

 

As a school kid I was very curious and wanted to explore all aspects of life which till date stays on. Whether it was participating in sports, cultural activities or just doing something out of the box I would be the first in line. My experience in the world of NCC Army Wing which later took me to my first International trip as a young Indian ambassador to Canada changed my life forever. My myopic view suddenly evolved into a worldview which was like an endless ocean.

 

My journey into the worlds of fashion and acting opened up a strong feminine energy and the glamour taught me to strut into the world with a lot of pride and oomph. A newfound sexuality gave me wings to explore the unknown self within me. From walking into the world of Femina Miss India to the glitz and glamor of working with Award Winning director Priyadarshan was just so intense. I have made strong choices of living alone, being with a partner but choosing not to marry, juggling between multiple careers, speaking my mind, and most important, being true to myself and people around me. From being a bold runway model to an elegant motivational speaker I have never shied away from the roles that I played and owned my action. My journey as a karateka for twenty years has been extremely intense. Winning multiple state, national and commonwealth karate gold medals in 2015 has been an extremely intense journey. I have suffered multiple injuries and I have invested emotionally and physically a lot to this discipline and somewhere it makes me hugely proud of myself. My family and my friends are my world and I guard every bit of it with great care and invest huge amount of love, emotions and trust into it.

 

The world of modelling and acting can be very overwhelming if one is not aware of the transition from reel to real life. One can make bold choices but to stand by it and also to succeed is not easy. The pressures of society, the hawk eyes trying to judge and the media crucification time and again develops insane insecurities. One has to lead by example and not succumb to such pressures.

 

My graduation with English literature always helped me with clear communication and a strong sense of expression in my language verbally and otherwise. The discipline of NCC and karate also Inculcated a sense of integrity and a never giving up attitude towards all the endeavours in life. I love to defy the conventional ways of life, why be in a square box when the world is round and beyond. I love to travel to different countries and meet new people and understand how the human mind works. I love the organic way of living, experiencing the hills of Himachal to the sea in Goa and the land of warriors, Karnataka. The high energy in California to the serene Canadian country side…

 

I want to try everything and choose what is best for me; the rules of good, bad and ugly blur and become different for everybody so try to judge as less as possible. My spiritual journey is my own and the rules of this journey is purely my instinct and my inner voice which resonates with universal energies. I am in search of my inner self and wanting to become one with the energy that is infinite. We all have our own journey and we all set rules and what we make of that journey is not just following those rules but breaking those rules… to build and rebuild ourselves as we evolve with time. That is life… with rules, without rules… who cares as long as one is happy and lives joyfully?! It is all that happens in between birth and death and that is something to be experienced with spontaneity and great passion.

 

Sandhya Shetty Sandhya Shetty

29-AUGUST-2021

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