My Per­fect Sun­day

Jerusha Naidoo, med­i­cal doc­tor, singer, song­writer and mother

Sunday Times - - Last Word -

Sun­days are per­fect for

just be­ing at home with my fam­ily. Oc­ca­sion­ally I take time out to meet up with my girl­friends. I have a group of East­ern Eu­ro­pean and South African friends and we call our­selves the “KGB” . They’re re­ally fun so it’s great to un­wind and have sun­down­ers on a Sun­day and share sto­ries.

The first thing I do in the morn­ing

is grab a cup of cof­fee. When I’ve had my caf­feine fix, I’ll cook a full break­fast for the fam­ily. Sun­day break­fast is im­por­tant for us as a fam­ily as we get to bond and catch up.

My fam­ily love

to take it easy for the whole of Sun­day morn­ing. We laze about read­ing the news­pa­per (usu­ally the Sun­day Times) and watch­ing in­ter­est­ing pro­grammes or videos on TV or on­line.

I travel a ton,

but when I’m in town my fam­ily and I typ­i­cally spend Sun­day af­ter­noons hav­ing lunch at Mel­rose Arch. We love tasha’s and Mezepoli. The pi­azza of­ten has ac­tiv­i­ties for kids on a Sun­day, like bounc­ing cas­tles and ‘‘art jam­ming”. Oc­ca­sion­ally I need to go to the stu­dio on week­ends to record.

Our evenings are also quite low-key.

When we get home, it’s bath time and then din­ner. I like to feed my two-year-old my­self be­cause she’s a fussy eater.

If I have help

with the kids at night I typ­i­cally es­cape to the gym for a work­out. I then make din­ner for my hus­band and my­self around 7pm. The rest of the evening is ‘‘me time”. I fo­cus on writ­ing lyrics for songs or chan­nelling my cre­ativ­ity.

When I do go out

on a Sun­day night it’s to meet friends in Sand­ton, ei­ther at Parc Fermé res­tau­rant in the Michelan­gelo Tow­ers or at the Deck at the Sand­ton Sun Ho­tel.

I like the chicken and prawn curry at Parc Fermé —

it has a uniquely Mau­ri­tian/cre­ole twist which makes it dif­fer­ent and each dish can be eaten with ei­ther pop­padoms, rice or pap. I re­ally like fu­sion cui­sine.

At home, I usu­ally like to cook din­ner,

but if I’m feel­ing lazy I’ll or­der take­away cur­ries from the Raj with Uber Eats. Uber Eats has changed my world.

I like to read

be­fore bed. I am read­ing the Arisen se­ries by Michael Stephen Fuchs. It’s about zom­bies, and I’m on book 10. It’s out­stand­ing and doesn’t pre­vent me from sleep­ing. Science fic­tion is my favourite genre.

If mu­sic is play­ing at home

it’s usu­ally jazz, both clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary. I also like re­lax­ing to soul­ful mu­sic like Air, Blue Six, Al­bum Leaf and Tom Jobim, and typ­i­cally I lis­ten with a glass of vino in hand. I love jazz and bossa nova — re­lax­ing and good for the soul, and so­phis­ti­cated and com­plex in a har­mo­nious way that tick­les my au­di­tory senses and stim­u­lates my cre­ativ­ity.

Naidoo launched her third al­bum, Un­stop­pable, in March

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