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Nafisa's secret love revealed

In Kochi recently, in connection with promoting MTV Style and Accessories, MTV VJ Nafisa Joseph has a chat with AJIT YOHANNAN

Kochi is turning into a happening place, slowly, but surely. Teen heart throbs frequent the place many times a year, though not in Bangalore proportions! Recently, Kochi played host to a glam and tall girl who swooped on the city. Guess who?

It was MTV VJ Nafisa Joseph's day out at Urban Tribes on MG Road as part of promoting MTV Style and Accessories in the city. Catching Nafisa up for a chat was cool.

Here's a secret. If you want to woo the VJ, you need to turn up with a scruffy little puppy in your arms at her doorstep because Nafisa simply loves them.

No wonder she lives with two dogs and seven cats in Mumbai and her parental home in Bangalore has one dog and one cat.

However, she prefers to keep private her love for animals and would not be part of any animal lovers' club.

She started loving the four-legged creatures when she discovered that they were better off than the two-legged variety around her, when she was still a kid.

Nafisa was only 18 and studying in Bangalore when she won the Miss India title in 1997. Nafisa goes gaga about her experience then, when she visited Kerala for the Miss India contest.

She recollects that the girls, put up at Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, had such a good time.

And she continues to have a good time, during her work at MTV. Nafisa gushes that she is getting paid for watching movies, and having fun. She hosts the popular show, MTV Housefull.

She admits the opinions expressed in the show are written by the scriptwriter and is not necessarily her own, in most episodes.

Nafisa is one of the few VJs who made it to the MTV without actually being gunned down by the team of VJ hunters. She was in fact a judge, as Miss India 1997, to decide the VJs in one such programme.

There she was offered the VJ option and she made it to the most popular Music Channel in the world after going through a VJ test. She believes the channel taught her to be a youngster.

Nafisa tried her luck in acting in the tele detective serial C.A.T.S, an Indian version of Charlie's Angels. She likes MTV Select, MTV Gaana Masti and all the promos done by the Creative director Cyrus Oshidar, namely The Gaseous Clay, The LiftMan etc.

Her favourite VJ? Kamal Siddu and Danny. The Big B turns out to be her favourite actor and sexy seductress Zeenath Amaan, actress.

Nafisa likes Kerala food, especially prawns. Incidentally, her dad's a Malayali and runs a consultancy firm in Bangalore. Her sister is married and is in Canada and Nafisa is sorry not to see her niece yet.

Her best friend is Smitha Krishnakumar, a Malayali living in Kuwait, till recently her roommate in Mumbai.

Nafisa admits she is a lazy person but likes travelling and is learning to play the guitar and piano and `does not want to scare people by singing.'

Good news for boys. Nafisa is a romantic and will happily settle down after a mushy romance.

She cautions all youngsters who want to become models and enter the entertainment business to first complete their studies and remembers modelling is not an easy glam job but requires a lot of hard work and patience. And you don't have a private life.

Her message to the youth? Never go away from the path of non-violence as silence speaks louder than words. Yep, it's Heartful of Love.

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