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Tini Sara Anien, DH News Service Dec 28 2017, 20:25 IST

Sandalwood actor Chaithra Achar made her entry into show business with the web-series 'Bengaluru Queens'. She played the hero's best friend in the movie 'Vaasu Naan Pakka Commercial', which is directed by Ajitvasan. The actor's other upcoming projects include 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita', where she is cast opposite Ashwin Rao Pallakki. She will also be playing the girl-next-door in 'Adherna', which is directed by Guruprasad.

I always wait for Saurday and Sunday to arrive. To me, a perfect weekend means spending quality time with the people who matter most to me. I live with my parents, Jagadeesh MG and Prema, and brother Manohar.

During my college days, I wanted to spend time with my friends and stay outdoors. However, things have changed now. Since I have to be outside a lot nowadays, I prefer staying at home.

My mother is an excellent cook and I relish the 'chapati' and 'palyas' she makes. She also prepares 'pani puri'. My brother too does culinary experiments and my parents enjoy his cooking. This makes me quite jealous and I also end up trying my hand at cooking. Cooking can be a quite therapeutic yet challenging experience. I believe that it requires a lot of creativity.

When we are all at home, we just sit and chat or head out for a movie, or a dinner.

My father has a great sense of humour. My brother and I love singing and we hold karoake nights. We also record our performances and make our parents listen to it. I am also learning classical music. I also enjoy crafting and painting as provides an outlet to my creative side.

I sometimes hide in my room and dance away. Though I am trained in classical dance, I'm more of a freestyle dancer. Dancing is a stressbuster.
I'm a gym addict and have to work out regularly. There are days when I work out twice, morning and evening. The 'feel good factor' can boost one's confidence.

During my weekends, I also practise yoga as it helps me relax. I used to be a short-tempered person but I am now able to analyse situations better and channel my emotions accordingly. My friends are a big part of my existence and I make it a point to spend time with them. I have a deep connect with Manasa who was my classmate in college. She is my 'safe of secrets' and my go-to person at any given time. I joined this particular college because she was a student there. We catch up often at a cafe or a park and we share our stories.

I have other college friends like Kiran, Mumtaz, Komala, Mayuri, Kiranmayee, Nikhil Reddy and Apoorva who I like spending time with whenever they are in town. I like being the centre of everyone's attention and being pampered. I'm the hyperactive one of the lot. From watching films to discussing them, chilling at restaurants to going for trips, the gang is all about having fun. Apoorva is one friend who I video chat with as often as possible and especially on the weekends.

I am close to my childhood friend Phalitha who stays in Hebbal. I met her during my school days and she is that friend who understands me even when we haven't spoken for days together. I visit her as often as I can.

I enjoy spending time at her place because her pet Lucy is a bundle of joy. I used to be scared of dogs earlier but once I started spending time with her, I realised there is no one who can love you unconditionally like dogs. I now enjoy going to dog shows and seeing them perform.

Though I don't make any fixed plan, if I get to do whatever I want to at a relaxed pace, that is a 'perfect weekend' for me.

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