Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2013 Contents So one day I went to get my eyebrows
waxed, which I was always in awe of
and the lady was telling me about the
beauty courses that they were offering.
I was very intrigued by the idea of learn-
ing how to do facials and waxing, etc,
so I brought the news to my mom of
my interest to learn beauty therapy (if
it s one thing, my mom listens and sup-
ports me, and anything I bring to her
that s noteworthy, she will try her best
to facilitate). I did courses in body care
and beauty which propelled me in that
particular direction. I got a job at a spa
in Woodbrook which began my love for
body treatments which took me to India
for that area of my education!
Your travels to India: very interest-
ing...how long was it? What
cities/parts of India did you visit?
What did you accomplish? Any
reminders of Trini? Saw any doubles?
India---good question, what took me
there? It may sound like a reason one
might look past but when my spirit
speaks, I listen. I may not understand
at the time but I listen anyway. I have
an enquiring mind, so I had a lot of
questions on beauty treatments and
about the body in general, so I did my
research. This led me to the teachings
of Ayurveda. I was very intrigued. I was
actually planning to go to California to
study. The thought of going to India to
study Ayurveda did not even cross my
mind. While lying on my bed I was
chatting with God and the message
came clear to me that I am going to
India to study Ayurveda. That was it.
Everything lined up perfectly for me to
go for two months to Kerala, the home
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I cannot begin to describe to you
how fearful I was in 2008. I was
21, left my job, and invested all of
my savings on a trip to India. It
was the first time I felt so alone.
Let me tell you, culture shock is a
real and frightening thing.
After two days of travelling and
a four-hour drive to my school, I
made it! After finding a roach in
my food on the last bite of my
long-awaited sandwich, I moved
out pronto from the hotel. I found
an apartment 20 minutes walk
from the school, which I shared
with a lovely family who also came
to Kerala for the same purpose as
India was a truly amazing expe-
rience. The knowledge, the people,
the food---no doubles by the way---
the combinations of taste and the
language. A lot to absorb. When I
returned I was shaking my head
from side to side, you know how
they do it! (Laughing loudly).
What daily motto/credo do you
live by and in three words, your
recipe for success?
To be happy, be healthy, be
inspired and to always have pur-
What are your most prized pos-
sessions: one tangible, one intan-
My hands and my voice. With
these two, I can be of service. I
work with my hands every day
doing spa services for my clients,
helping them to feel good in mind
and body. And my voice---the ener-
gy that I feel when I open my
mouth to sing, humbly speaking,
is one I don t think I can really
describe. It is what I thank God
for every day.
If you had to perform for an
audience who had never heard or
seen you before and you had to
perform one song which would
If I had to perform one song to
people who have never heard me
sing, hmmm, One Moment in
Time by Whitney Houston. This
song never fails to move me in a
What goals and or ambitions
do you still have?
I do not have a timeline as yet,
but my goal is to grow my business.
To continue what I started with
Tova s Place and to see it grow
from strength to strength. This
requires me to go back to the
drawing board. This year I have
been very occupied with doing
the production of the King & I.
What I do know is that there must
be growth from here. With regard
to performing, I would like to take
this further, the "how" I do not
know as yet, and that s okay.
What is an interesting facet of
your personality that most people
do not know about you?
Most people do not know about
my compassion for children. I am
deeply spiritual and I also love
taking excerpts from songs and
making up my own. I also have a
few original compositions up my
What is the best compliment
you have every received?
The best compliment I have
ever received came from primary
school teacher Ms Ramroop. She
has seen me at every show and
followed my progress. Her words
are few but her tears of joy and
admiration are enough for me to
feel full. This I will always cher-
Describe yourself in words one
beginning with T, the other with
M, your initials.
M-Motherly, mysterious, moti-
vated; T-Talented, Tough.
How can we find out more
about you and keep up to date
with your latest projects, etc, etc?
Ha ha ha, Facebook, of course!
(Laughing out loud).
'Be happy, healthy, inspired'
Tova Miller, centre, performs on stage at Napa, Port-of-Spain, for the local production of the King and I.
"Most people do not
know about my
children. I am deeply
spiritual and I also love
taking excerpts from
songs and making up
compositions up my
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