Sandhya Gupta, 39
Civil Rights Attorney
Hidden talent: I'm good with names.
Biggest fear: Needles.
My bad habit: I'm a real night owl. I'm usually working or catching up on emails or doing something on the computer.
My guilty pleasure: Nachos! Homemade though.
You'd never guess: I bungee jumped at one of the longest natural bungee jumps in the world, which is at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
I can't live without: Email. If I have access to email, I'm able to stay in touch with the world, with friends. It's my primary mode of communication.
My hero: Martha Graham. She's the mother of modern dance. I find inspiration from her, in just how confident she was and groundbreaking in her work.
On my bucket list: There's a place called Ladakh in northern India. I've wanted to go there for so long. It's a mountainous region in northern India, north of the Himalayas. There're so many different climates that all converge in this incredible land.
Biggest accomplishment: When I was a relatively junior attorney, I won political asylum for my client from Nepal. I felt like I really saved someone's life, through using my professional skills.
When I'm not working: I sing in the Blossom Festival Chorus, and I run community meetings.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Perhaps at a concert, a dinner party or throwing a dinner party.
If I had one wish: That I fully contribute to this world in a way that is a full expression of who I am. That I could make a contribution to efforts to promote understanding between people and help transform relationships on a broad scale.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Spontaneously walking up to the stage and singing my heart out solo to a congregation of almost 500 in New York City. The music minister turned to the congregation and said, "Does anyone want to sing this opening number?" I raised my hand, and I was the only one who raised my hand. It was this totally inspired moment.
If I won the Mega Millions, I'd spend it on: I have a dream to build my own completely sustainable, off-the-grid modern house. I would definitely do that. It would probably be on the water. I would donate the bulk of the money to charities in India that are focused on girls' education. That was my father's wish before he died. I would do that. The third thing is I would buy my mom a new house, a new car and a new wardrobe, because she never spends money on herself.
My No. 1 dating rule: Straight talk, good communication.
Deal-breakers: Someone who lacks energy or enthusiasm.
The perfect date: Driving along the ocean, the coast, and laughing and talking, being outdoors, the wind blowing in our faces, stopping for a walk, eating and then talking through the night. Maybe over an outdoor fire.
I'm a sucker for: Beautiful eyes, a warm smile and resonant voice.
Most romantic thing I've ever done: One Valentine's Day I was on crutches, I wasn't able to get around. I knew my valentine had an interest in art of a particular era. There was a book by a local author on that topic. I coordinated with the author to secure an autographed book without ever leaving my home and I surprised him with it.
What I look for in a significant other: I like guys who have the courage to venture into something new, or a new place, and really make something of it. I want someone with confidence, generosity of spirit, empathy.
I always, sometimes or never make the first move: Sometimes.
Would you like to be famous?: I would. By making a contribution in the public sphere somehow, something in international diplomacy. The other big thing I've been thinking about recently is to make an impact on public sanitation efforts in India. I'm more interested in having that kind of broad, big impact on international issues.
Do you rehearse what you're going to say before making a phone call? Yes, I do. My greatest fear is I'm going to say something wrong. I'm going to fumble my words.
Last time I sang to myself: Last night at midnight. Last time I sang to someone else: At Thanksgiving, some random jazz, to my baby nephew. He's 6-months-old.
If I could gain one quality or ability, it would be: The big sticking thing for me is I overthink things.
I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... : my life. Really. My dreams, challenges, hopes, vision for the world.
Celebrity dream date: I'm not really that into celebrities. Maybe my dream date would be someone like Sanjay Gupta or Anderson Cooper.
Celebrity look-alike: People always tell me I look like a young Diana Ross. At a party I put on a wig of big hair and the resemblance was very striking.
Dogs or cats: Neither. I'm not a domesticated animal kind of person.
Beach or mountains: I'm more of an ocean person. I consider myself a child of the desert. I'm really like a desert person. I love Southern California because it's ocean and desert climate.
My favorite ... book: Middlemarch by George Eliot. When I read it, I was like, This is the most brilliant book I've ever read. ... TV show: I don't have a TV. I would get too sucked in. ... movie: I really adored Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I'm a total nerd. ... music: If I'm in the car, I listen to Top 40. I love folk and world music. The best concert I've ever been to was Ravi Shankar at Carnegie Hall in New York City. ... restaurant: Pura Vida is probably my favorite. My go-to is also L'albatros. ... app: I really only look at Instagram and Facebook. WhatsApp helps me stay in touch with my relatives around the world.
What I'm reading: Legal cases, stuff on race and privilege, and The Big Necessity. It's about waste. Nobody wants to know that about me!
IPod Embarrassment: Echosmith, "The Cool Kids."
I'm so over: People who are not authentic. I'm over being passive. I'm over not speaking up when I should.
Dream job: International diplomat, hostage negotiator, U.S. senator or someone who makes a big impact on sanitation in India.
Dream vacation: I've never been to Hawaii, and I've always wanted to go.
My take on Cleveland's singles scene: I have been pleasantly surprised. I have found it easier to meet people in Cleveland than when I lived in New York City.
Are you on Tinder?: No.
Best thing about being single: It keeps me on my toes. I feel constantly like I want to be my best self. It's also helped me to meet a lot of people.
Worst thing about being single: Not having someone to really grow into a deep, intimate relationship with.
Best date I've ever had: On a Sunday evening, the coldest night of the year, we had a four-hour conversation and we shut the restaurant down. It was really great to feel like there was nothing else going on in the world. It was just the two of us talking.
Worst date I've ever had: It was my birthday. My date, who was a college friend turned potential romantic interest, didn't have enough in his bank account to pay for dinner, so I ended up paying for both of us.
Do you hope to settle down in the next five years?: Definitely. What I'm really looking forward to and interested in is to get married, to have a partner, to really share — almost like a partner in whatever purpose we're both living out. Taking on the world together.