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What does a holiday mean to you?
A time to chill. Earlier, when I had no care in the world, it was all about eating and sleeping. But I cannot indulge my taste buds like that anymore. I have to be responsible. Similarly, I cannot have all the fun in the sun for the fear of getting tanned.
Did you travel when you studied in the US?
Yes! The US was a party for me. While I was studying history and politics at Columbia University, it gave me a chance to broaden my world view. I met so many different people and travelled so much. I think travel is important. The kind of learning you get from travel—the growth—no amount of education gives you that kind of exposure. When I shot for Kedarnath in Kedarnath, I was overwhelmed. One had heard about the tragedy and knew about it through news. But to be there and hear of it from the locals was completely different. I feel the best way to know a place is to actually go there.
What do you do when you go to a new place?
Like I mentioned, I interact a lot with locals. Like when I went to Vaishno Devi, I struck up a fascinating conversation with the man whose pony I was taking to ride up to the shrine. I also love walking around a new place.
Your favourite vacation spots?
The US because it was the first region I explored extensively. London for the multiple experiences it offers. I love Ladurée at Harrods. Even if I can’t eat half the stuff, I just feast my eyes on the macarons and cakes. I love Dubai for the shopping. We shot a bit of Simmba in Switzerland. My dad loves the place and often raves about it. In India, I love Goa. But I have also discovered a new-found fascination for the mountains.
What do you pack in your luggage?
Lots of clothes, a lot of music, some books and my laptop. I always pack my own luggage for fear that someone may omit something.
What do you bring back from your holidays?
Hats, bags and shoes are my guilty indulgences. I am making plans to go shopping with Kareena (Kapoor Khan) soon.
Which are the places you would like to visit?
I want to go to Ladakh, and while I’m there, I’d also like to visit Kashmir. Abroad, I want to travel to South Africa and also explore Eastern Europe.
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