The Spur Questionnaire: Ishita Aggarwal

Tell us about your role with Spur.
I was fortunate enough to be selected as an RBC Emerging Scholar in Toronto.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’?
Maybe a day, embarrassing as that is. It’s been difficult to completely disconnect from technology in all its forms and still fulfill some of the responsibilities I’ve had in the past and am currently taking on.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
I currently have two. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (a book I reread every year because it’s so wonderful) and J.K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
My wallet.

Do you have any friends you have never met in person?
No, I don’t think so. I’m not big on social media so most of my close relationships are formed after physically interacting.

Do you have a favourite podcast?
I listen to a few. I really enjoy Reading Lives, in which Jeff O’Neal spends an hour with an interesting person, talking to him/her about the books he/she loves. It’s been a wonderful way to engage with the literary world and keep track of past and upcoming books that I may be interested in checking out. I enjoy Stuff You Should Know as well. The hosts are lovely, there’s a conversational feel to the show and I have some sort of revelation after every episode.

Who was the last person you texted?

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that you wish were a current reality?
Unfortunately, we may be in need of floating cities sooner than expected. Also, jet packs.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
In person with all. I find it makes communication easier and misunderstandings harder.

What do you love about the city in which you live?
The diversity, hands down. I’m always reminded how multi-cultural Toronto is, particularly when I come back from a trip.

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