In the lap of nature

My perfect weekend

In the lap of nature

When you love your work, you don’t really care much about weekends. I love my work so much that I am not the typical ‘dying-for-the-weekend’ kind of a person.

Any day with good music is just the perfect one for me and the same holds good for weekends too. I like to involve myself in as much music as possible during the weekends. But whenever we aren’t working on a music project, my husband Roberto and I enjoy travelling and try to head out of the City.

We love to get away from the grind, soak ourselves in nature and do something different. We try running away to the mountains whenever we can and one of our favourite destinations is Coorg. In fact, we recently returned from a trip to The Himalayas, where we indulged in activities like paragliding and white water rafting on River Beas.

However, a getaway doesn’t mean just going out of station. Even a short drive relaxes me. The basic idea is to be outdoor with nature and have a zest for life. Then there are some weekends when I am at home and relax. I also love spending time with my family — my mother, my cousins, nephews and nieces. My mother lives quite close by and we are in each other’s face on a daily basis!

Apart from doing yoga, there is no particular routine that I follow either on a weekday or during the weekend. I also enjoy cooking and have always felt that artistic people make great cooks. When you get into a hobby like cooking or writing, you lose yourself into a realm of space and come out satisfied. So I enjoy dishing out a mixed bag of cuisines like Italian, Thai, South Indian and North Indian much to my mother’s shock as I hardly used to cook when I was younger! 

Over the last few years, Bengaluru has turned into a City with some great venues for music shows. So we head out whenever we can to watch some musical acts live. Sometimes, we go and catch a movie. I am not someone who will not go out or stay inside a big house due to the fear of being recognised. I enjoy interacting with people. I feel it takes a lot for a person to come up to you and say something courteous so when that happens, I am extremely grateful.

One Sunday a month, Roberto and I enjoy conducting ‘Drum Jam’ for the people of the City at Rangoli Metro Art Centre. Though we started the programme nine years ago, we used to conduct it mainly for corporates. We were waiting for the perfect venue that could sustain the show and opted for Rangoli Metro when it opened.   
I feel that Roberto and I are lucky that we do what we love on a daily basis and even when we are free, we rest while doing the same thing — which is listening to music.


multi-faceted  Born and brought up in Bengaluru, singer-actress Vasundhara Das is known for her roles in films like ‘Hey Ram’ and ‘Monsoon Wedding’. She made her debut in the music industry with the Tamil hit ‘Shakalaka Baby’ and went on to sing big hits like ‘It’s The Time To Disco’, ‘Where’s The Party Tonight?’, ‘Salaam Namaste’ and ‘Pappu Can’t Dance’.

  Roberto Narain (Husband)

“Weekends are busy for us thanks to our line of work. So we always look for peace and quiet whenever we can. I believe it’s not about the place but the people you are with. So as long as you enjoy the company of someone, it doesn’t matter whether you are at home or outside — you will definitely have a great time. As far as Vasundhara is concerned, she is a very relaxed person. She is a dreamer of sorts and likes to be creative all the time. She is as passionate about our house as she is about music, which is great because home is what we all come back to. I am extremely lucky to have her in my life.” 

A few of my favourite things

Quirky kitchen collectibles
Fridge magnets   
Tatami, a form of Japanese furniture
Comics and illustrations
Travelling


As told to Deepa Natarajan Lobo


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