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I never carry a camera with me: Asin

india Updated: May 26, 2013 13:38 IST
Shama Bhagat
Shama Bhagat
Hindustan Times
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With film schedules, ad shoots and endorsement commitments always keeping her busy, Asin rarely gets quality time to spend with her family. So whenever she can, the Bollywood actor takes off to exotic destinations with her mother and father, leaving behind the city’s fast life.

Like many artistes in her profession, most of Asin’s memories are from work-related travels. Ask her which one would she pick as her best trip, and she smiles. “It is difficult to pinpoint my most memorable one, but I guess my 18th birthday would qualify. I celebrated it in New Zealand. And that place is amazing,” says Asin, adding, “The scenery is spectacular and the beauty is a visual treat. There’s a lot of greenery and we indulged in so many breath-taking activities. We also learnt so much about the Maori tribe — the original inhabitants and how they have kept their culture alive.”

“Somebody who loves to explore” is how the avid traveller best describes herself. “I enjoy going to different places. I try my best not to visit one city too many times, because I tend to get bored,” says Asin, who has most-recently been to London and the Caribbean Islands among various other destinations.

“I often catch up on a lot of reading during my holidays. I like taking short breaks, just to chill and indulge in good food and unwind at spas. Going to different places and learning about those locations is fun. You get to meet so many people and experience their cultures.”

Unlike many travellers these days, Asin doesn’t care much for recording memories from her trips on gadgets. “I never carry a camera with me,” she says, adding, “I feel we get so caught up in trying to capture moments on camera that we miss out on the actual experiences. So I have very few photographs of my travels. For me, feeling the place is much more important.” But that’s not it. When she’s not busy playing explorer, Asin spends her time trying out local cuisine and treating herself to some retail therapy. “That’s one thing I am always curious about — what people eat around the world. I also love to shop; especially bags and you get really nice bags in New Zealand,” says the actor, recalling her last spree. “I ended up picking up so many by the end of my holiday.”

However, if anyone wants an idea of where the actor has travelled all her life, all they need to do is find their way to her refrigerator. “One thing I never miss is picking up a souvenir magnet from each place I visit. My fridge is covered with them. That’s one childish habit that I still have,” she reveals.