I am very spoilt and not the backpacking variety: Sushmita Sen

India, Aug. 13 -- We all know Sushmita Sen as a highly individualistic and "intelligently beautiful" woman. She is always self assured and appears to know her mind. Roles for her in Bollywood have been written specially, and not surprisingly so, since she is a woman with a lot of substance. As a former Miss Universe, who has acted in more than 30 films, she is a non conformist, who has made life choices that people like you and me can only talk of. To her credit, she has managed to be her own person, in a hugely fickle filmi environment. Here, with hindustantimes.com she candidly allows us to unravel her travel psyche in a style that is typically her. Excerpts from the interview:

Where was your last holiday and what did you most enjoy during the trip?

Dubai where most of time I was shopping, mall crawling, sampling food, attending a Teisto concert at the World Trade Centre and lounging by the sea side at Palm Jumeirah. I was happily busy.

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

One that allows direct flights, hopefully not more than 8 hours at a time and an itinerary that has a judicious mix of different places. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, I like to go to one place followed by the other. The physical part of the travel must be minimal and I would rather have my travel agent plan the routing in a minimalistic way. I am very spoilt and want my travel to be smooth and peaceful. I don't like to rough it out and I certainly do not fancy the idea of backpacking.

What are the kind of places you just don't want to go to?

While there is nothing like "not wanting to go to X or Y place", I definitely do not like to go to destinations that are heavily populated and polluted and which do not have any particular scenic appeal. Also, as much as I love nature, I do not particularly like staying away from civilisation for too long. When that happens, I get restless and impatient. I thrive in places where there are different kinds of people and energies that can go into creating a very cosmopolitan kind of space.

What do you do when on holiday?

Lots of things. Since I am not really the Museum type, I make a dash for the beaches or the mountains, depending on where I am. I love para sailing, taking strolls, indulging in water sports, hanging out in touristy places, especially night markets. Some of the places where I enjoy all this, are Venice and Florence. Europe fascinates me also, because here you actually do not mind seeing people on the streets, people in the cafeterias, people appreciating so all the art that is around them and faces that denote a certain kind of contented happiness.

As a child what are your memories of travel and any lasting memoriesimpressions?

I didn't get out of India till I was 15 years old, and I went to Malaysia with my father for an exhibition. And after that international visit, the next time I stepped on foreign shores was for the Miss. Universe pageant at the age of 18. Since then I have been on a plane my entire life. But before that , we did a South India tour with my mothers' and fathers' sides of the family. We were 26 of us and we went to Trivandrum, Kanyakumari and the rest of southern India. That remains one of my most special travel memory. We used to sleep in a dormitory in one common big room with 26 beds and we travelled by train all over. I can still visualise us singing, dancing and enjoying every bit of the journey.

Places that have left a deep impact on you, that touched your core and why?

Columbia because it is seeped in history, cars are not allowed to drive into those pathways, there are people on foot walking, poodle streets and bricked walls - very my kind of space. I like the idea of churches by the beach and some of the other places that have stayed with me include Istanbul, Capetown and Lebanon.t

For the eccentric, non- conformist traveller, which are the best places to go to worldwide and why?

Go to any of the Espana countries or the carnival in February to Rio de Janeiro; New Orleans; Las Brisas in Mexico; Caracas Venezuela or any of the South American countries

In India, my suggestion would be Pondicherry, Goa and Manali.

Who decides where you will go for your next holiday

Mostly my daughter, Renee who has a globe on her table. Her travel decisions are also based on places her friends have visited and have some great experiences.

5 places you want to visit

Europe is the only place I still haven't seen completely. Others on my wish list are Ibiza, Capri, the entire belt from Portugal to Romania, France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Uzbekistan, Scandinavian countries and all the way to Russia. I

Sushmita speak:

Travel to me is: Romancing one's Liberation

My next weekend destination will be: London

The most exotic locations I have ever seen: Bali Indonesia, Egypt, Namibia and an opening of an Island in Maldives

My favourite adventure sports: Jet skiing and biking.

My ideal travel companions: My daughters, Renee and Alisah

My most embarrassing travel moment: Losing my passport, credit cards and all documents at the Athens airport. I had a tough time proving my identity.

Place with maximum repeat value: London

5 must-carry items that are part of my travel kit: Toiletry bags, extra locks, Bose speakers, passport/credit card pouch and mobile phone

Pratishtha, is a young Delhi-based freelance entertainment writer who loves getting under the skin of celebrities, to know what makes them tick.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • French film shot in India to compete at Cannes

    Chennai, April 18 (IANS) French film "Dheepan", parts of which have been shot in Tamil Nadu, will vie at the competition section of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The last Indian film to compete for coveted Palm D'Or at the prestigious gala was Shaji N. Karun's "Swaham" in 1994. India's Wide Angle Creations, led by Suresh Balaje and George Pius collaborated with Paris' Why Not Productions' "Dheepan", directed by Jacques Audiard, for shooting in India. Balaje, who will be …

  • Amitabh Bachchan And Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Launch Jewellery Showroom At A Star-Studded Event
    Amitabh Bachchan And Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Launch Jewellery Showroom At A Star-Studded Event

    Chennaiites thronged to the much awaited launch of Kalyan Jewellers’ first showroom in Chennai. Kalyan Jewellers brand ambassadors and mega stars of Indian celluloid Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prabhu Ganesan, Nagarjuna, Shivaraj Kumar, Manju Warrier and Vikram Prabhu regaled the crowd at the inauguration of Kalyan Jewellers’ 50th showroom in South India and 78th store globally. …

  • Kangana Ranaut’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns Trailer Creates A Splash!
    Kangana Ranaut’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns Trailer Creates A Splash!

    The team of Eros International & Colour Yellow Productions’ Tanu Weds Manu Returns are back with the highly awaited sequel, Tanu Weds Manu Returns directed by Aanand L Rai, starring R.Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut!The trailer of the film that launched 3 days ago, was received with heavy applause by the audience and the industry alike and is fast trending on the social media platform.Several personalities took to a popular micro-blogging site to voice their praise –The first to talk about the …

  • First Look Poster: Flame – An Untold Love Story
    First Look Poster: Flame – An Untold Love Story

    Producer Varun Singh and Director Rajiv S Ruia unveiled the first look of the movie Flame – An Untold Love Story. The movie portrays a tribal woman who crosses the barriers of rituals, relations and social barriers to stand for her beliefs and love. Actress Hrishitaa Bhatt will be seen in her strongest character ever. The poster of the movie shows the red color of anger and love both. The Flame movie story revolves around a Mahua who is married to an exorcist has been through pain all her life …

  • Snapped: Varun Dhawan With His Alleged Girlfriend Natasha Dalal
    Snapped: Varun Dhawan With His Alleged Girlfriend Natasha Dalal

    Varun Dhawan rarely steps out with his alleged girlfriend Natasha Dalal, but his rare appearance with her gets caught off from the camera’s eye. Last night Varun Dhawan was snapped coming out of the apartment with Natasha Dalal. Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal were caught while getting in their car. Varun Dhawan who shy’s away of getting clicked with his girlfriend looked confused and shocked when shutterbugs caught them, while Natasha made a silent exit in the car sitting at the back seat. …

  • Salman Khan Hit And Run Case: Victims Were Injured But Not In Mishap, Says Defence
    Salman Khan Hit And Run Case: Victims Were Injured But Not In Mishap, Says Defence

    Salman Khan’s 2002 hit and run case have come up with new twist and turns. Actor’s defence lawyer on Friday claimed that that the evidence suggested that victims had sustained serious injuries not in the accident but when the car fell on them while being lifted by crane. Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan and sister Alvira were present in the court. Salim Khan came to the court for the first time, while sister Alvira keeps visiting at the court. …

  • Shah Rukh Khan Wins At The Asian Awards In London
    Shah Rukh Khan Wins At The Asian Awards In London

    Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan has been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award at the fifth annual “The Asian Awards” at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan Clicks A Selfie With Zayn MalikSRK said, “I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at …

  • Shah Rukh Khan Clicks A Selfie With Zayn Malik
    Shah Rukh Khan Clicks A Selfie With Zayn Malik

    Nothing can make you feel happy when the Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, praises you. Zayn Malik, the Indian origin ex-member in the popular boys’ band, seemed happy and cheerful after clicking selfie and getting praised by Shah Rukh Khan.Shah Rukh Khan posted a picture on his twitter handle praising Zayn Malik. He tweeted, Marvellous Asian Awards. Paul & Kiran hav done a great job. Zayn & Naughty Boy r so cool. Gurinder’s BILB on WestEndHe also posted, This kid is so cool. May Allah …

Loading...