One of the country’s top models, Rikee Chatterjee has been a regular at the country’s biggest fashion events ever since the Bengali beauty started modeling. Nearly a decade of ramp walking and for all the biggies like Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anamika Khanna and Wendell Rodricks, Jamshedpur’s 5’11” ramp-searing impresses with its humility and warmth when approached. catches up. We spotted her strolling at The India Story presented by Neotia Arts Trust, in association with t2, in Swabhumi in December after the gala opening fashion show, where she paraded Anju Modi. A conversation.

After how long are you back in Calcutta?

After a very long time because I haven’t done a show for two years now. It was a good experience…it was amazing and I’m glad I stayed at least one night and was able to explore.

What do you like the most about your stay in Kolkata?

All! I mean the atmosphere. There is something about Kolkata. I come here and really want to stay for a long time but it never happens. I have so much work and I always have to go back, but I’m sure I’ll come back just to explore because I’ve never done that. I have never stayed in Kolkata or experienced going alone and exploring Kolkata, the villages too. My mother is from Asansol and my father too and I want to see more.

As a kid, I don’t have many memories of it, but all I have is amazing. I often think about it. I’m sure I’ll be back very soon.

Your Instagram photos give us life goals. You’ve lived the best life in the past year…

I’ve been living life since I’ve been part of this fashion industry. He gave me everything. It’s a dream come true. Obviously there were ups and downs and there was a lot of hard work and more than that there was a lot of struggle but I think it was worth it. When I see myself now, it was worth it. When you have patience, hard work and so much dedication to something you love and are passionate about…that’s it.

But, something changed last year. There was magic in your messages…

In fact, nothing has changed. For my part, I work and I make sure to find a balance between the family, my boyfriend and taking the time to travel. Even though the pandemic has been heartbreaking, when it came to my life… I love being home and I love being with my rescued pets.

It was good to see others who really struggle to find that kind of family connection with their family or people who don’t have time for themselves, it was nice to see them get that time .

Revised life goals for you?

My purpose in life has always been the same, it’s about today and how I want to live today. I’ve always lived in the moment and everyone should do that and savor that moment. Go with the flow. I always followed my heart and my intuition and it was amazing. Take advantage of my time. Don’t wait for things to happen. Do it. If you want to go on vacation, do it. If you want to take care of yourself, do it because there is no tomorrow. It’s the forever mantra