Star of the latest movie 'Mary Kom' believes that a vacation is strictly for rejuvenation
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OT: Any early memories of travelling with your family?
Sonam Kapoor: The best holiday we’ve had together was a trip to Rome many years ago. All we did was sightsee, eat great food (it was Italy!) and have great conversations.
OT: You've studied in Singapore. What do you think makes the city so exciting?
Sonam Kapoor: It is the multicultural hotspot it is made out to be. So the cuisine you find there is wide-ranging and the street food is fantastic. I love the eateries and bars along Boat Quay, Clark Quay and Mohamed Sultan Road.
OT: Is travelling for work ever a vacation?
Sonam Kapoor: Well, I love my job. And travelling on the job is an added bonus! But a holiday is a holiday. You have more time to discover and absorb a place.
OT: What’s your kind of holiday? Where?
Sonam Kapoor: It’s impossible to pick favourites. All kinds of holidays can be amazing. But I love the beaches of Bora Bora, the mountain of Mont Blanc, the spas at Six Senses Resorts & Spas in Thailand and Queenstown, New Zealand, for its many adventures.
OT: Where did you go last?
Sonam Kapoor: I went to Ananda in the Himalayas near Rishikesh. It was a fantastic trip!
OT: Is there a holiday you have been longing to take?
Sonam Kapoor: I’m dying to go to Paris with a loved one. It is the most romantic city… As far as clichés go, there is a reason they are there!
OT: What do you usually bring back from your vacations or work trips?
Sonam Kapoor: What do you usually bring back from your holidays? Lots of souvenirs. Cashmere from Scotland, woollens, honey and olive products from New Zealand, furniture from Thailand… It’s a long list.
OT: Are you a foodie? What cuisines do you like?
Sonam Kapoor: I’m a total foodie and my favourite cuisines are Thai and Japanese. But food all over the world is fantastic, it depends where you eat.
OT: What in Mumbai, your hometown, deserves to be seen? Any city secrets?
Sonam Kapoor: People must visit the city for its culture and its zest for life. There isn’t one thing that I can point out or recommend. You need to feel it, experience it.
OT: Your worst trip?
Sonam Kapoor: I’ve never had a bad trip. But the worst was when I discovered I had typhoid and I was in my favourite city in the world, New York. I had no energy to enjoy it.
OT: What books do you carry on the move? What are you reading right now?
Sonam Kapoor: I love reading paperbacks when I’m travelling. I’m reading Room by Emma Donoghue.
OT: What are the three things you always pack?
Sonam Kapoor: My camera, walking shoes and a shawl.
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