ANANDITA NAYAR AND FATIMA HUSAIN
One best friend works in the corporate world in New York, and the other is an aspiring actress in Bollywood, which means not meeting for long periods of time is de rigour. But for these 23-yearolds who went from being in ‘rival gangs’ during junior school, to the best(est) friends, they always just pick up from where they left off. “We gossip endlessly, remember all kinds of evil stories about school and the people we knew, and crack up about the most annoying situations in life,” says Fatima. “But mostly, we watch cheap masala movies,” says Anandita.
As former rival gang leaders in middle school, DPS RK Puram, at the age of 12 the girls made a wise decision—to collate their little fiefdoms and rule together. “I think we might have become friends over boys! I was the middleman for all of them,” says Anandita, “All the other girls were little princesses.”
“Oh, please!,” leaps in Fatima. “Anandita was just too precocious for us. We had no idea how to deal with her. I think she taught me the meaning of the word prostitute.”
Anandita’s precociousness translated later into an inimitable zest for life that led to her aspirations for a career in films. Whether it’s dancing in the rain or playing crazy pranks on their friends, sometimes this joie de vivre in Anandita drives Fatima up the wall. “What I find most annoying is probably her zest for life!” Her friend retaliates, saying, “I hate that you have to run after every fat kid or cute animal you see.” Interestingly, besides Hindi and English, the girls communicate through something they call ‘Anandita language’. And this secret language has only one translator, Fatima. ‘Saundlykdatonli’, said in a low voice, actually means ‘sounds like that only’.
Anandita (left) is wearing pearl earrings and silver cuff, both Amrapali; pearl bracelet, Amethyst; belt, Giovani. Fatima (right) is wearing a floral dress, Guess; necklace and ring, both Amrapali