Pub­licly loved, pri­vately lonely

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She ad­mits she felt lonely in the be­gin­ning, “and ex­tremely scared be­cause I didn’t know what I was do­ing. I mademy mis­takes, I fell, I got up and dust­ed­my­self off and con­tin­ued. I taught­my­self ev­ery­thing I know…

“But the good thing is that I was for­tu­nate to work with some in­cred­i­ble, ta­lented peo­ple.’’

While she gleaned valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence over the years, she says she hasn’t changed in­side.

“I think I’m still the same girl. I still have my fears, my in­se­cu­ri­ties. I do feel lost so many times. The past two years have been tough [she lost her fa­ther to can­cer in June this year, af­ter a long pe­riod of ill­ness] and the only thing that has stood by me has been my work. I just wear my blink­ers and go to work. It’s the only way I know how to achieve things that I want.’’

Ask Priyanka what she thinks makes her tick and she will say it’s her nat­u­ral mix of East and West. “My go-to soul food is daal and rice or a dou­ble-baked cheese­burger. I am com­fort­able walk­ing the red car­pet in the lat­est haute How­ever, mov­ing to a mu­sic ca­reer in theWest has been a chal­lenge and Priyanka is the first to ad­mit this. “I’m pretty sure that for ev­ery suc­cess­ful per­son, once they de­cide to di­ver­sify them­selves, it is scary… My heart flut­ters and there is an empti­ness in my stom­ach,” she says, point­ing out that there weren’t many role mod­els to look up to or fol­low. “Not many have gone from act­ing into mu­sic. It is a com­pletely di­verse, big

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