Fashion designer Pria Kataaria Puri epitomises elegant, classic fashion. Both in her sense of style as well as in her creations. Chic, stylish and beautiful, she is the cynosure of all eyes whichever part of the globe she travels to, while dividing her time between Kuwait, India and the US. Pria got married early and decided to have her kids early into her marriage with Sumit Puri. “It has been the best decision of my life, as my kids are in their 20s now and are my closest friends,” she says with signature honesty.

Excerpts from a conversation:

Having children early on helps young parents raise them with more patience and energy believes fashion designer Pria Kataaria Puri
You don’t look like a mother of two kids in their 20s, for sure.

Thanks. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I elected to have my kids within a couple of years of my marriage. When you are younger, your body bounces back faster into shape. Also as young parents, you are higher on patience and energy and can give time to your little ones, running around with them. Sumit and I were able to enjoy our time together with our kids, and they are friends and companions to us now.

But a parent’s job never ends, does it?

Of course it doesn’t! As a mother, I am always worried for my children (they are in the US. My daughter is working, my son is studying there).

So share with us the touchpoints.

I chat with them three times a week, at least. But they know I am there for them all the time. Sumit chats with them every day. He calls them on a daily basis, and asks them about their food intake, everything. There have been times when sitting in Kuwait, he has ordered groceries in the US for them. Me, I concern myself with things like how they are doing emotionally and psychologically, sharing their experiences with them, giving advice…I worry about different things (laughs), so between Sumit and I, we have all areas covered!

Shilpi Madan for Indian Express

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