Kritika Gupta. Photo provided by Kritika Gupta
Kritika Gupta. Photo provided by Kritika Gupta

Kritika is a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi. She is a recipient of Gold Medal for earning the highest CGPA in the master’s degree. She is also the recipient of the 2018 AcSIR-Kalam Fellowship and 2016 Swami Vivekanand Youth Award. In the past, Kritika has been actively engaged in projects involving food fortification. She is passionate about community nutrition, maternal and child health, science communication, and mental health. She describes herself as a Science Communicator, an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals, and of women in STEM. Apart from numerous presentations and seminars at educational institutes, she has spoken many times for All India Radio as a Guest Speaker. Her platforms of instruction include Instagram, Twitter, and Quora.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

Yes

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Punjabi, Hindi

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Full time dog sitter

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

I am good in Nutrition!

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Dubai

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To be able to redistribute money equally to every human being

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

My favorites are Grey’s Anatomy and the novels of Nichloas Sparks.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Rest all day

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Family, friends, my laptop

15 What beverage gives you life?

Water

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

As You Like It

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Teacher

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Criticism

19 What got you excited in science?

Honestly? I had no choice.

20 What excites you about science now?

People look up to you!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

You might find me on Netflix during work hours.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Completing things right before deadlines

23 What is your favorite game?

Life, haha!

24 What is the last book you read?

The Mindset

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Have Faith.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Bungee jumping

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

It might not make sense during the moment, but once you look back and connect the dots, everything will make sense.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Don’t hide. Express your emotions! You want to cry? Cry, just not twice for the same reason!

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Grey’s Anatomy

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Ketchup and soy sauce sachets

31 What is your favorite animal?

Dog

32 What is your favorite book?

The book of Nanak

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The 366th day

35 What is your favorite plant?

Mint

36 What is your favorite science fact?

All facts will change one day

37 What is your favorite season?

Spring

38 What is your favorite smell?

Rain

39 What is your favorite sound?

Wind chimes

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I never give up, and I am not scared to fail

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Hiraeth

42 What is your proudest moment?

Every moment when my parents feel proud of me

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Amaltas (Cassia fistula)

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Small town, crazy people

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I want to buy a diamond ring for myself, never had one 😦

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Prasha Dutra @prasha_dutra