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An Interview with Jessy Joykutty
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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
Hey Jessy, how are you?
Jessy: Hey Chris, it depends, how much are
you paying me to spill juicy details?
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
Pick one word to describe yourself.
Jessy: Thatís hard, you should ask my
friends that one instead. But I guess Iíd say: Kind.
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)
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
What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Jessy: Never heard of it. JK ;) Great site
that has something for everyone. You did good Chris.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
List your favorites:
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
B. Car(s): black Audi S4
black Mini Cooper S with silver roof and racing stripes on
and a nice classic 1973 dark red Camaro Z28
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
Pantene ProV Intense Moisturizing Shampoo &
Conditioner for Women of Color Ė longest title ever but itís
the best. I swear by it.
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.
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
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.
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.
How precious is sleep to you nowadays?
Jessy: Iím sorryÖ whatís sleep? I know what
naps are. And passing out.
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.
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.
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
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).
Hail to the Redskins! Whatís your prediction for this
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.
What is youíre take on Hillary Clinton? Would you vote for
her versus voting for a Republican candidate such as McCain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Are we living in the End Times?
Jessy: Yes. Itís plain as day.
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
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
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
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?
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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