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An Interview with Jessy Joykutty
Welcome back to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

Jessy Joykutty.  Founder and President of the Curlz Tradition.  Hails from the great state of Maryland.  Med student.  Did I mention she is the founder and president of the....I think I did already.  Enjoy...

Posted on October 16, 2006

Chung Lao:  Hey Jessy, how are you?

Jessy:  Hey Chris, it depends, how much are you paying me to spill juicy details? 

Chung Lao:  How does it feel to be added to our illustrious group of Tonight Show guests?

Jessy:  Iím flattered! Is Bubba coming in after me? Is he gonna get upset like he did on Fox News? Can I stay?  

Chung Lao:  Pick one word to describe yourself.

Jessy:  Thatís hard, you should ask my friends that one instead. But I guess Iíd say: Kind.  

Chung Lao:  Where did you grow up?

Jessy:  In the lovely state of Maryland, in the DC Metro area. (Best combo of the city and the suburbs) 

Chung Lao:  Who do people say you look like?

Jessy:  Hmm, my mother mostly. Others refer to random Hispanic (never Indian) people they know. Iíve gotten everything from Dominican to Mexican to Ethiopian to Malaysian. (Shrugs.) 

Chung Lao:  What do you think of

Jessy:  Never heard of it. JK ;) Great site that has something for everyone. You did good Chris.

Chung Lao:  Were you for/against the war in Iraq, and why.

Jessy:  Against. Though I was hardly a fan of Hussein, I felt that Bush has his own personal agenda, rather than acting in the best interest of the US. How would the US like it if Russia or China invaded and told us that we were doing things all wrong and after much bombing and wreaking havoc, all would be well. Promise. Yea, ok. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, Iraqi and American. 

Chung Lao:  What are your thoughts on George W?  How do you think his presidency will be remembered?

Jessy:  I think he shouldíve stuck to oil and ranching. If attitude reflects leadership (guess what football movie thatís from!), then heís going to have a terrible legacy because people are just downright dissatisfied. People thought Nixon was bad. I think years from now weíll shake their heads and  talk about Bush and Iraq just as the previous generation talked about Vietnam. 

Chung Lao:  ER, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy or House MD?

Jessy:  Greyís Anatomy, definitely. I can identify with that stress and frustration when youíre first starting out. Plus the rush that you get when you help someone. All that extra drama that occurs on the show though, thatís just funny to watch :) My life will never be that comical. 

Chung Lao:  What is your take on arranged marriage?

Jessy:  I plead the fifth! This could ruin my chances! ÖOk seriously, I believe that a marriage should be arranged by God, and everything else is secondary. People should be more concerned about doing His will, rather than if the person is fair-skinned, a doctor, engineer, US citizen or greencard holder. 

Chung Lao:  How about interracial marriage?

Jessy:  Again, as long as the marriage is arranged by God, thus in accordance with Godís will, then race has nothing to do with it.  That being said, you canít ignore cultural differences; a couple thatís of different backgrounds should address those issues head on, rather than pretend itís not an issue. However, if itís in Godís will, I think theyíll be given the grace to get through any difficulties, just as any couple.

Chung Lao:  Curly hair  vs.  Straight hair.  Give us the pros/cons.

Jessy:  Curly hair is simply fabulous. Iíll admit, straight hair is easier to manage and looks a bit more professional. Anddd.. a bit boring. Curly hair makes you look younger (which is good once you hit a certain age and you wanna start fudging about that fact). Iíve also been told that those of us with curly hair are perceived as wild, crazy and fun. I donít know why but that canít be a bad thing..right? 

Chung Lao:  List your favorites: 

A.  Food(s): anything good but I most often go with Thai food, sushi, and good Indian food (itís hard to beat my momísÖ so Iím a bit hard to please in that category). Also chocolate and almost all fruits (absolute fav is jackfruit aka chakka) 

B.  Car(s): black Audi S4


black Mini Cooper S with silver roof and racing stripes on the hood,


and a nice classic 1973 dark red Camaro Z28


C.  Hobbies:  listening to music; reading novels, articles, news, anything; photography; trying new things (be it new place to hang out, new music, new food, etc) 

D.  Countries to visit, revisit: India (Iíd like to do a tour of the entire country), South Africa, Japan,  all of the Mediterranean, BrazilÖ honestly, I canít think of a country I wouldnít like to visit. 

E.  Bible Passage(s): thereís so many..Proverbs 3, Isaiah 55, Philippians 4, Psalms 136, Matthew 5. 

F.  Restaurant(s):  Neisha (the one in Tenleytown), Busboys & Poets, Raku, Tabaq and 701 

G.  Shampoo(s): Pantene ProV Intense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner for Women of Color Ė longest title ever but itís the best. I swear by it.

Chung Lao:  Name someone you admire, and why.

Jessy:  Though I love and admire my parents quite a bit, Iíd have to pick my grandmother (maternal). If you want to see a woman of God, go visit her. Everyone loves her. Not just because sheís funny, loving, and wonderful; but also because she has faith that rivals saints in the Bible. She is strong and yet humble. She is sacrificial yet takes care of her business. She taught me so many invaluable lessons for life. From how to be a good Christian to how to speak Malayalam. If I can be even half the woman she is, Iíll be blessed and honoured. 

Chung Lao:  Is the glass half empty, or half full?

Jessy:  Depends on whatís in it. A glass of muddy water, glass of Orangina, glass of poisonÖ makes a diff.

I think this quote sums it up: ďWe are continuously faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problemsĒĖ Lee Iacocca. So I say, never be pessimistic and think the glass is half empty. 

Chung Lao:  What field of medicine are you currently studying, and why?

Jessy:  Iím still in school but I want to go into pediatrics, with an emphasis in community medicine. Why? Because children are gems. They come into this world so untarnished. Pediatricians get to be involved in everything after their birth; a childís mental and physical health, their social upbringing, and even their academics. I think itís my best shot at making a difference. 

Chung Lao:  How precious is sleep to you nowadays?

Jessy:  Iím sorryÖ whatís sleep? I know what naps are. And passing out. 

Chung Lao:  Letís hear about those skills in the kitchen.

Jessy:  I can make a mean grilled cheese :) Actually Iím not too shabby. I take after my mom with improvisation. I can cook Indian, Thai, Italian, etc. So it depends on my mood and what I have available. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal church, even if itís not realistic.

Jessy:  The ideal church would be one in which the people have no inhibitions, where they can undeniably feel Godís presence and thus will naturally and sincerely want to live their life for God. 

Chung Lao:  What job could you absolutely not do.

Jessy:  Anything that requires I sit at a desk all day. Iíll fall asleep. I guess I would enjoy that thoughÖ 

Chung Lao:  What is something you cannot stand in a person?

Jessy:  Arrogance. Ugh. Arrogant people tend to come with a bad personality package or something. Itís never just arrogance. Theyíre usually judgmental, unkind, or extreme exaggerators (liars, essentially). 

Chung Lao:  Hail to the Redskins!  Whatís your prediction for this season.

Jessy:  I have faith in our team. I must. I feel.. are you ready?... that we can take the NFC East. I really feel it. BUT we need to get serious. Mark Brunell needs to drink some Red Bull or something. Weíre definitely doing better now that Clinton Portis is back. But we need our defensive line to shape upÖ and possibly a new QB, if Brunell doesnít get it together. 

Chung Lao:  What is youíre take on Hillary Clinton?  Would you vote for her versus voting for a Republican candidate such as McCain or Guiliani?

Jessy:  Negative. That woman is off. Iím baffled that she is a NY senator. Iíd vote for McCain or Guiliani, I like both of them. They both have amazing leadership qualities and both have shown their human side, rather than pretending to be unruffled by life. 

Chung Lao:  Using Microsoft Paint, please draw us a picture.

Jessy:  Not as exciting as previous ones youíve featured but I was determined to just use MS Paint.

Chung Lao:  What is the most important thing in life?

Jessy:  To follow the greatest commandments: Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength. And love others as youíd love yourself. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal husband.

Jessy:  One who waits on me hand and foot ;) Ö I feel an ideal husband would really know God and love Him. Heíd be wise, strong, sincere, understanding, assertive, kind, a good listener, honest, and respectable. For me, Iíd add in a good sense of humor and laid back but passionate about his beliefs and life. I could go on but I think those hit the big points. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal wife.

Jessy:  One who will wake up at 5am to make chai & food and clean the house daily. And knows how to do everything as it was done in India in the 60s because thatís the proper way of doing ANYTHING. And she should always agree with everything her husband says. Even if he says heís going to take their life savings to start up a basket-weaving factory. 

Sorry, I couldnít resist. Hmm, I think an ideal wife, just as the husband, most importantly would be one who knows God and loves Him. One who is loving, wise, sacrificial, understanding, forgiving, humble, and patient. And ideally, a good cook. Cuz men eat. A lot. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal pickle.

Jessy:  The one thatís in my fridge. Spicy mango pickle made with freshly ground red pepper from Kerala. Makes anything taste fabulous. 

Chung Lao:  Are we living in the End Times?

Jessy:  Yes. Itís plain as day.  

Chung Lao:  Alright, here we go.  You just finished taking a major exam, and youíre completely spent.  You head back to your room, and immediately collapse on to the bed, and enter a deep sleep. 

When you awake umpteen hours later, you find yourself in a vast and elaborate bedroom, complete with Ming vases and Renaissance paintings.  You get out of bed and begin examining the room, when all of a sudden the doors swing open and you see a tall woman enter dressed in business attire headed youíre way. 

ďMadam Hilton, what would you like to do today.Ē 

Answer her:  

Jessy:  Cower in bed, in utter horrorÖ. But then Iíd like to write checks for large amounts of money to several charities of my choice. Maybe visit a few countries, buy above stated cars, get the Redskins whatever they need to get to the Super Bowl, and go on a shopping spree. Then Iíd like to go to sleep because hopefully this is a nightmare, and I just had a bad combo of Starbucks and Red Bull. 

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.

Jessy:  Iíll leave you with a lesson that Iíve been trying to cement in my head for a while. Nothing is as serious as it seems. So let God do His thing and everything will turn out just peachy. (Thatís Proverbs 3:5 in my own words). Thanks for interviewing me, Chris. Now can I meet Bubba and get my money?

Chung Lao:  Thanks Jessy.  Next up on The Tonight Show is Roy Geevarghese, the team captain of Brooklyn's Finest.  You don't want to miss it.  Much Love.


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