Her professional software and office management consultancy is based in Fremantle, Western Australia.
"My work is related to accounting and how to run an office, how to streamline office systems. My business motto is: Are you ready for the 21st century? — because I feel that technology has made it possible for people to be very well organized but it can become a bit of a monster to feed unless you really know how you want to use it.
"A computer is a really cute thing, but one of the most important things to know is that it has an on/off switch."
Being ready for the 21st century means being flexible, open-minded, well-organized and lighthearted about life and work, according to Rupa.
"One of the greatest obstacles to a smooth-running office is the misconception that if you're stressed out and serious you must be really important, and that if you're not, you're probably irresponsible."
How does Rupa herself deal with stress?
"Quite frankly I try to avoid stress altogether. 'Stress management'? That's like saying, 'I'm only going to wear these really uncomfortable shoes in two-hour stretches. That way I can manage the discomfort they cause.'
"Is anything really worth getting all knotted up about? After all, if you're doing it for the enjoyment of it then the outcome is irrelevant.
It's the anticipation of outcomes and over-emphasis on their importance that creates stress in the first place.
"Having said that I do recognize that I am of the personality type that thrives on what other people call stress. I have a few little tricks I use to stay loose. The most important of them is that I always make sure I am physically comfortable when I'm working. I try to set things up so I am able to immerse myself without distraction in the work activity for its own sake and to be totally present for that, rather than trying to pretend I am somewhere else.
If there's anywhere else I'd rather be, I should be there. Or I can change my preference, bringing joy to what I do, by doing it totally and well.
"Another trick I love is to feel the area of my chest between my shoulders and breath into it and to allow that feeling of openness to take over my whole body. I play with being aware of that while I am staying in touch with my fingers on the keyboard. It is a challenge, but you get a sort of warm glow all over."