‘The Explorer Of New Horizons’
KEERTI KATARIA, COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST
Which is the one defining moment in life that made you who you are?
I started working very early in my life. One day in 2014, I decided I was done with being ‘safe’. I took a bunch of my savings, booked tickets for a solo trip and as clichéd as it may sound, took a break. Travelling alone changed my life. Over the years it has helped me become more comfortable in my own company, and therefore content with who I am.
What do love and liberation mean to you?
It means to be understood, and to belong, which are the best feelings in the world for me. One of my favourite memories is from earlier in 2021, when I travelled with a friend for the first time after the lockdown and we just sat on the beach at night, listening to our favourite Mohammad Rafi songs. It was liberating and memorable, in its own way.
How do you like to express yourself?
By dancing. Nothing else matters when I’m performing. I also like to express myself through meaningful gifts. I recently bought my mother a set of simple diamond danglers for her birthday. It meant so much to be able to gift her something that’s so unpretentious yet timeless.
Tell us about a diamond memory that means the most to you.
My grandmother gifted me my first set of diamond and sapphire earrings. They’re gorgeous and I love their Victorian design. I’ve grown up watching her wear them with such grace. And when I wear them now, I feel connected with her in this inexplicable way.
Which is the one piece of jewellery that resonates with you the most?
I think diamonds are the universe’s way of freezing a precious moment in time. Everything stands still the instant you put them on, and this invincible feeling takes over your very being. I have this beautiful vintage necklace that my mother gifted me of uncut diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and pink tourmaline; strung on a simple chain, that I am absolutely in love with. It is versatile, eclectic and isn’t defined by an occasion, so it is very ME.