Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Poonam Desai
Poonam Desai’s teeth weren’t always quite so straight. She had to earn them by surviving torturous devices with such intimidating names as “The Big Daddy.” And next month she takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe this battle in “Pulling Teeth.”
Poonam Desai, Ph.D. is a school psychologist, with a social justice bent. She is working to bring mindfulness to Texas schools. She loves painting, traveling with her husband, blowing bubbles in the sun, dancing, reading Harry Potter and cooking for friends.
What would you name the autobiography of your life? The Turquoise Glitter Inside: Life Told Through Color.
What is your favorite part about Oral Fixation? Hearing people’s deepest, darkest secrets.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I love public speaking and performance, and there’s nothing like a good, juicy challenge.
What’s your favorite smell? Newly sharpened pencils, jasmine, Nag Champa incense and cinnamon rolls.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Barack and Michelle Obama. I’d love to grab a beer with them. Or maybe brunch- they’re probably more brunch people.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A professional dancer. I was trained in Bharatanatyam, a South Indian Classical dance, and I’m still obsessed.
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Rafiki from The Lion King. The dude’s wise.
What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Klyde Warren Park! On a beautiful day when there are puppies, babies, bubbles, kites and food trucks everywhere. It feels like life can’t get much better.
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? When my husband and I first started dating, we went to a buffet-style restaurant, and as we were getting food, I piled on way more than eat. He told me my eyes are bigger than my plate. I had not heard that phrase before, and I thought he was complimenting the size of my eyes. I remember thinking, “How strange… but oddly sweet!” Wrong.
Name one thing you miss about being a kid. Naked showers in the rain. That’s harder to do now.
Sneak peek: “‘So, is it time to get the braces off?’ I asked. Silence. ‘No,’ said my doctor with some sympathy, ‘We’re going to be putting in a stronger wire to help straighten your teeth more effectively. It’s called the Big Daddy.’ Apart from the vague sexuality of this term, I was incredibly disheartened. Not only were the braces not coming off, I was going to have even more metal in my already very bionic mouth.”