Q&A: Rashni Barath

From South Africa to Tupelo, from a pharmacy to a bank, this woman runs her world.

How long have you lived here?
Me, my husband Navin and my daughter moved back to Tupelo about 10 years ago.

 What is your all-time favorite movie?
Up Close and Personal with Robert Redford and Michele Pfeiffer

 What is the last book you read?
I actually have recently discovered Greg Iles and really have enjoyed his Penn Cage series, but the last book I read was Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

 What’s your guilty pleasure (food)?
Definitely hot crispy French fries

What is your New Year’s resolution?
To get more sleep, which will be a challenge for sure!

What advice would you give to your 23-year-old self?
I remember wanting to always fit in and trying to please others. I would say to myself: stay true to yourself and have confidence in yourself!

What brought you to your current profession?
Once my daughter Binita started to drive, I needed to stay more productive and busy so I took a part-time position at Trustmark. It has grown into a full-time position over the past 8 years and I love being part of this team!

What do you do to relieve stress?
I love to workout, especially going out for a run. I am blessed with great running buddies who I can share great fellowship with while we run. There is nothing better than getting a good run in before your day begins. It helps tremendously with your frame of mind!

What is your favorite holiday tradition ?
I love that the holidays make most of us feel happy and it serves as a reminder to be thankful for all the blessings we have daily! I love getting to have time together with my family and friends. To me, that is what is most important in life, cherishing every moment that you have with your loved ones since there is no guarantee of tomorrow!

What has been the most rewarding part of training for the St.Jude marathon?
To me knowing that those families and children have to endure so many obstacles with their illness. I feel so blessed to help in a small way. I am so thankful that I am blessed with a healthy child and I can get up everyday to go for a run. Many people are unable to do that. So the most rewarding thing is that I can give back because I have so much to be thankful for!

What is the most played song on your iTunes?
I usually listen to traditional music especially when I workout, so at this moment, it is a Hindi song called London Thumakda.

What’s your favorite thing about the South?
I have to admit I love the respect that most people demonstrate for each other, but my favorite thing is the warmth and hospitality that I have experienced since we have moved here.

Photo by Lauren Wood


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