At a press conference on Monday, Parineti, asked to comment on her feeling about this association with Australia, said: "I feel really good. Even if not for this honour, I find myself very connected with Australia. When i first time went to Australia, I literally did a 'Saashtang namaskaar' (kissed the ground) when I came out of airport. It was this one location I have been waiting to go to.
"In fact I travel a lot and visit 4-5 new countries every year... I am that kind of a person. But Australia is one of those places, I was waiting to visit as I have heard a lot about it and researched so much. So when I went there it was like meeting a star. it was like, you have only seen him on TV or seen in pictures, but now meeting in person... so that was the kind of feeling I had, and I feel very loved over there."
The Friends of Australia programme has been devised as a way for Tourism Australia to foster mutually beneficial long term friendship with those they regard as unique, positive and influential storytellers. With this, Parineeti joins fellow Indian Friends of Australia, chef Sanjeev Kapoor and renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.