Sunday, October 24, 2021

Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks fashion management consultant Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”


The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?



“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

That certainly isn’t mine. My motto is: “To love and to belong”.


Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?

What’s Kerry Katona?


Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

I miss my dog. She is a poodle.


What might you swap all your wealth for?



Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the banking crisis?

It was a crisis we had to have.


What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“This is a true story”… Generally they’re not.


In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

I support Child for Vision and the Diabetes Foundation as I have family members who suffer with that.


The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

They are absolutely essential in business and social terms.


Bhavna Ahluwalia
Bhavna Ahluwalia

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

Sting, Marc Jacobs, Mandela, Rowan Atkinson and Spike Milligan.


If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

Smoked salmon on rye bread and a glass of champagne. I would eat it somewhere in the South of France.


What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

10am. Champagne with breakfast.


A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A martini.


Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

Dinner parties with friends because they generally involve good food and conversation. I am a real foodie.


Who is the most positive person you know?

I have a friend called Anne. She will turn any situation into a positive. Her glass is always half full.


What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Smoking occasionally but I don’t feel guilty about that.


If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

I wouldn’t have one.


If you were a car, what marque would you be?

I would be a Lamborghini because I love the shape.


Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

That’s for other people to tell.


What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

My husband’s Chinese vases.


Bhavna Ahluwalia is a management consultant based in Australia. She has lived and traveled internationally and has worked for many multinational organisations.



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  1. Matthew
    What happened to my comment that perhaps it would be interesting to feature those we have actually heard of?
    Mrs Ahluwalia may well be a vastly important Antipodean managemnt consultant, but I have yet to have come across her-apart from now.

    • Come on Pete. I’d rather hear about someone new than Katie Price. Is that the kind of person you’d rather Matthew features? Given many of your comments are so witty, I’d have thought better of you chap.

      • Thank you Hannah…never forget that the Oxford Union invited Price to address them! But seriously, I would be interested in, for example, a famous local surgeon or someone I had least heard of. And also she mentioned her guiding force was ‘spirituality’….I never quite know how one reconciles that with the world of international business….

    • “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” I spend a lifetime there. Give the old duck a break.
      The Oxford Union provided “Buller Boys” Cameron, Osbourne and Boris Johnson with a platform.
      Helter Skelter Charles Manson is famous too.


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