With a little help from friends

My perfect weekend

With a little help from friends

My work is not restricted to fixed days in a week. While sometimes we work all through the week, there are times when we also get many days off at a stretch.

However, when I am free and at home, I like to keep myself busy with different activities. Involving myself in such pursuits keeps me fresh and rejuvenated. Things like pampering myself and trying my hand at cooking take up a good portion of my off days. Although I don’t know how to cook, I experiment with ingredients and sometimes it comes out well.

I am a foodie and love treating myself to Lebanese and Chinese cuisines. Mumbai is a good place to have Lebanese food. There are many restaurants that serve amazing ‘pita’ bread and hummus here.  Though food plays an important part in my weekend plans, fitness also never takes a backseat.

It is extremely important for me to indulge in different fitness activities. I play
a game of squash every Sunday with my trainer and also hit the gym.

These activities top my list on a weekend. Instead of sitting at home and feeling lethargic, I make sure I do my regular workout. I love cycling too and ride whenever I can. There are times when I cycle for 15 to 20 km on Sundays, as the roads are comparatively empty and it is easier to travel.  

For me, a perfect weekend includes going for trips to places near Mumbai with friends and spending quality time with them. Khandala, Lonavla and Madh Island are some of our most preferred getaways.I love long drives and these places are a good excuse to go for such drives.

My friends play a big role in my life. Sundays are the ideal days when we get to meet each other, as most of them are also from the industry and always remain busy on other days. Either they come over to my place or I go to theirs and we have long
conversations, watch a cricket match or catch a movie together.
Sometimes we also have potluck parties.

Reading is another activity that I do. I am a big fan of Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Bankim Chandra.

Apart from them, I am very fond of Sidney Sheldon. His works have always enchanted and interested me. Currently, I am reading a book called ‘The Two Sisters’ by Rabindranath Tagore.  Indulging in various activities and spending quality time with friends defines my perfect weekend.

Actor Payal Ghosh made her Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’ in 2016, which starred Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Vir Das. She has also worked in Telugu movies like ‘Prayanam’, ‘Oosaravelli’ and ‘Mr Rascal’, while in Kannada she was seen in ‘Varshadhaare’. In Tamil, she was seen in ‘Therodum Veedhiyile’. Payal will be seen in a Hindi rom-com next.

(As told to Surupasree Sarmmah)

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