Archetypes: Ghazala Hayat

 In Culture, Interviews

Ghazala Hayat, MD, Director of Neuromuscular Division at SLU School of Medicine, writer, researcher and a leader in interfaith discussions in St. Louis.


What is your current state of mind?
Rejoicing in the wonder of life.

What is your current mood?

What makes you happy?
Being with my family. And being productive.

What is your idea of misery?
Not having anyone who loves you.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Paratha (wheat flour with oil) and a cup of tea.

What’s one word that describes you?

What’s your favorite occupation?

What’s your favorite color?
It changes with age. Currently it’s sea green.

What is your favorite food?
Chicken Tikka.

What food do you like the least?
Chocolate. Or anything too sweet.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be?
Obama. I’d like to hear about what’s kept him going and how he stays so humble.

What vice do you most tolerate in others?
Not being sociable.

What talent do you wish you had?
Playing the piano.

Who is your favorite artist or author?
Sadequain from Pakistan.

What excites you?
Helping people.

What do you love?
My family.

What do you hate?

What are you most looking forward to?
My son settling down.

What is one thing you wish would happen?
That the Middle East conflict is resolved before I die.

What’s something you want to learn?
How to fly a plane.

What is your personal motto?
Before loving anybody else, you have to love yourself.

In another life, you’d be:
God willing, eternally peaceful.

What is your current obsession?
Being successful in all the projects I am working on.

What is your favorite word?
Allah. It gives me strength.

What is your least favorite word?

What’s on your “bucket list”?
A lot of travel, doing a lot of good research and continuing to work on a breakthrough in ALS research.

Your hidden talent:
I have a lot of patience.

Personal hero:
I don’t think one hero can encompass the whole of your life.

If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
These disappointments have a way of working themselves out.

‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.


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Photo credit: Photo by Wesley Law

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