The Proust Questionnaire is a fornightly feature that alternates with the Saturday Interview. These questions were most famously answered by the French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses came to define this form of celebrity confession. This questionnaire was administered by V.V. Subrahmanyam
hat is your idea of happiness?
Spending quality time with family and friends and sharing my happiness.
What is your greatest fear?
I fear God.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I can’t think of anyone.
Which living person do you most admire?
Steffi Graf. After watching her win the Wimbledon championship, my mother dreamt of making me a tennis champion.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Clothes, shoes and shades.
What is your favourite journey?
The journey of life!
Who is you favourite painter?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Anything that I consider to be a virtue cannot be overrated in my book.
On what occasion do you lie?
To keep liars at a distance.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
The tan on my hands and feet!
Which living person do you most despise?
‘Despise’ is a strong, negative emotion. I disagree with a lot of people but despise nobody.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
I regret nothing. Every moment that I have lived has made me richer in experience.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband of course!
When and where were you happiest?
On the day of my wedding.
What is your present state of mind?
Happy, contented and grateful to God for everything he has given to me.
How would you like to die?
When I am closest to God.
Sania Mirza is the only Indian woman tennis player ever to win two Grand Slam titles (mixed doubles). She has achieved what most Indian girls can only dream of — a career best singles rank of World No. 27. Married to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, Sania continues to be a premier player focussing more on doubles.
What is your favourite motto?
Give it your best shot and leave the rest to the Almighty!