“MONEY IS IMPORTANT AS
FAR AS IT MAKES ONE SELF-SUFFICIENT”
DEEPTI NAVAL, ACTRESS, PAINTER
How important is money
Money is very important. It helps you avoid spending your entire
life doing things you don’t want to.
It makes one self-sufficient
and helps you live a graceful life. I think it is important that
one should be financially independent and secure.
Personally, money has not
been able to limit me in any way.
I am a person who has restricted
the temptation of making money over and over again because I want
to live my life the way I want to.
For me money is not a status
symbol. I don’t live my life goaded by designer labels or
the latest models of cars or diamonds to flash. In fact, I don’t
own any diamonds at all!
You can’t impress me
with money. Just look around my house. You would expect it to
be flashy but as you can see it is simple, there is no ‘show-bazi’.
I chose to make only so much
money that will enable me to do all the things I want to do with
my time. I love traveling, photography and painting. All these
hobbies need money to materialize, so I have chosen to make that
much money so that I can pursue my hobbies.
If I were given the chance
to make big money, I would like to use it to set up an old people’s
home in India.
Basically, even if I had access
to big money the goals would be non-materialistic.
Do you invest your
money in any financial instruments? Do you have an insurance cover?
And have you ever sought any advice in investment matters?
I earn and spend and I am
totally reckless. I live for the present but would advise nobody
to do that!
I had one life insurance policy
but I think it has expired long back. I do have a medical cover
And anybody dare tell me anything
about investments! I won’t let it take my spontaneity away.
Any other thoughts
People who have money can
do so much useful work. People spending crores on lavish weddings
which runs for 3-4 days together is vulgarity to the extreme.
There is something in our
Indian society that was called “contentment,” which
had existed for generations.
Today consumerism is getting
the better of us. You know the spirit of “Nahi hai, masti
hai” is going. Kids don’t want shoes; they want a
Nike or Reebok.
I can see that India is going
where America has gone and has been completely dissatisfied. Westerners
have come to India for solace and yet we Indians are losing that
very important attribute of “being content”.
I have a simple life, artistically
and aesthetically rich, but a simple one.
Do you believe that
hard work is important in the process of making money?
Yes. Is there any other way
to make money? I don’t know people who earn money in any
other way – probably through gambling or other illegal activities.
I don’t relate to them nor are they part of my life.
I know a lot of artist friends
who have made ample of money from their art works. I also know
a lot of filmmakers who haven’t made money even though they
have worked very hard. Hard work doesn’t guarantee that
you make money.
Are you spendthrift? Where do you spend your money?
I am not a spend thrift. I
love to buy books.
Because I love photography,
I love buying big, glossy coffee table books.
I spend a lot of money on
cross-country driving for months at end. Let me also tell you
that when I travel like that, I don’t look for 5-star comforts
but simple budget comforts and accommodation.
I drive in my own car and
eat at campsites. And another area of spending revolves around
photography. So it may be a camera, films, printing, framing etc.
As told to Manish Parikh Srivastava