When life is a highway

My perfect weekend

When life is a highway

I don’t usually have a free weekend, but whenever I do, I divide my time between my family and friends. That is also the time when I gorge on good food.

Most weekends, our kitchen is closed for elaborate cooking as my husband, Dilser Singh Atwal, and I go out for our lunch and dinner. We also catch up on a late night movie then. This is how we make sure that we spend quality time with each other before we head towards another hectic week. I love going for long drives, though it is Dilser who is driving most of the time.

Our drives have mostly been late-night ones as the roads are comparatively empty and it’s easy to drive around. The seaside drives are a favourite activity of ours. We usually do the Bandra–Worli sea-link in Mumbai and drive back home.

We also do a lot of small trips, which includes road trips too, either on the weekends or whenever we get an off from work. Delhi, Mumbai and back to Delhi with a stopover at Jaipur or Udaipur for example. Talking about our long drives, I must say, there have been a few drives that were really long. For instance, we have driven down from Delhi to Mumbai in one day. Though it gets a little hectic by the end of it, there is a lot of fun and the ‘we’ time makes it bearable.

My weekends also include a visit or two to Delhi as my in-laws stay there. Though my trips to Delhi are more, I also make it a point to travel to Assam at least twice a year to see my parents. Travelling so far for a short period of time, doesn’t make sense.

As I said, friends are big part of my weekend plans. Either they would come over to our place and chill, or we visit them. I must admit that Dilser is a great host. In fact, he is better than me. The idea of us having people over to our place is to have great moments together. It is at home that one can have proper conversations and not while going out and partying.

If given an option between food and adventure, I will definitely choose food. I am a foodie and I like to try out different cuisines, especially, when I am travelling. We love going to ‘Olive Bar And Kitchen’ and ‘Taj Mahal Tea House’ in Bandra, Mumbai. We also always have a good time at ‘Indigo’. However, home-cooked food will always be my weakness. I have always had a sweet tooth. I am into baking too, be it cakes or cookies, I can make them quite well.

Books too are a constant companion of mine. I love reading and can spend my entire day with them. I would say that there is no better way to wind up on a weekend than with a book.

Actor and supermodel Dipannita Sharma came to limelight after making it to the final five of a beauty contest in 1998. On the silver screen she is noted for her roles in ‘16 December’, ‘Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar’, ‘My Brother Nikhil’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Coffee With D’ and ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Behl’. Dipannita is also part of the small screen with shows like ‘Har Dil Jo Love Karega’, ‘Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi’ and ‘MTV Making The Cut’. Her latest appearance was for the web series with ‘Voot’ called ‘UNTAG’.

 (As told to Surupasree Sarmmah)

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