“Someone who always knows better is often someone who does not know at all” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Sharad Mohan by © Camila Gargantini

“Sharad is that kind of person you want to have around to lift your spirits. We had a lot of fun during his session and I can say that this image, at least in my personal interpretation, shows a little insight into his world… A guy passionate about fashion and style, with great sense of humour and a contagious positive attitude.” – Camila G

Image by © Camila Gargantini

Sharad Mohan is the Marketing Manager at Saks Fifth Avenue Canada and former Managing Editor and Fashion Director at Gotstyle Man.

An Interview with Sharad

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. After moving to Canada I hadn’t been home for a long time and my family had moved out of the country so it was only me and my brother here in Toronto. It wasn’t until my 25th birthday that I flew to India and it was the first time in 10 or 12 years that my entire family was all under one roof at the same time celebrating my birthday and that was probably the most awesome memory ever.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t think I’ve ever had a worst memory… I think I just had forgettable birthdays cause I am not one of a planner so sometimes my birthdays come and they go… so I wouldn’t say that there was ever a worst memory I think it was just like ones that you got together, did dinner and there is nothing really special about it other than the norm.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. This would be funny, it dates me… When I was younger we weren’t’ really big on getting lots of gifts as a family, we just weren’t, means and everything else. But I remember when I was younger my brother used to work at Future Shop and for one of my birthdays he bought me a pager and it was the most awesome gift ever back then and for those that don’t know what pagers are, just leave it in the past…. (laughs). Not only was it thoughtful, but they weren’t that cheap at that time and he went out and bought me one, so it was just amazing….

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. Not really… I just love food… Anybody who knows me knows that I just love food across the board. I think for me what makes eating, or celebrating specially, is the people that I am with and that may sound cliché but it is very true. I could be in a hole in the wall but if I am with a fun group of friends and family then that is all that matters.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Oh, the people… I could be anywhere in the world but if I have my close friends and my family then that is all I really ever want.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. My tradition I think would be that I’ll celebrate with the world in and around my birthday but on the actual day of birthday I only like to be with my family and a few close friends. So if you want to call it a tradition, that would be it for me.

Answers were transcribed from an interview.