From Paris to Prague

An actor by profession, the two things Nanda Yadav loves the most are dancing and travelling. “I am very spontaneous with my travel plans,” she says. “I don’t make itineraries to check off. I go by instinct and love the freedom of being able to do what I want and go where I want, whenever I want.”Nanda often travels around India, Europe, and the US for work, but she always tries to extend her trips and explore the places as a tourist.

Nanda tells us about her travel experiences. “Europe is definitely one of my favourite travel destinations!” “Prague, in the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I have a lot of fond memories from the time I spent there,” she adds. “I will always remember visiting the historic Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava River!” The actress usually takes trips of upto 25 days, so it doesn’t affect her shooting schedules but still gives her enough time to properly explore the places she’s visiting. She spent a good bit of time shopping and just exploring Prague, guided by her instincts.

She then travelled to Paris, a city that may consider to be the most romantic in the world. “I’ve visited Paris quite a few times, so the Eiffel Tower and Louvre weren’t exactly on my to-do list,” she explains. “I wanted to walk the streets of Paris and familiarise myself with the city. As an actor, I am observant, and during my time in the City of Light that is exactly what I did. I observed the people, the place, the food, the culture, and the lifestyle of the people. It was really interesting and I think I learned a lot about authentic Paris while I was there.”

When we asked her what her most memorable experiences were, she laughed and related one particular incident. “I absolutely love sarees, so one day in Paris I wore a saree and stepped out. As I walked around the city, I was a little confused when I kept getting stopped by locals for pictures. Quite a few people asked me to click a selfie with them as well,” she recalls. “Even those who didn’t click a picture definitely noticed my saree and smiled in appreciation. One person even asked me to teach them how to drape a saree!” She continued, laughing, “Of course I couldn’t teach her right there on the road, but it was a pleasant surprise to see how fascinated people are by Indian attire and culture!”

Nanda has made several new friends during her travels and has learned a lot, “I feel that travelling really opens your mind and expands your horizons. You learn a lot about other people and cultures, and often you learn about how people perceive your culture,” she tells us. “It also helps my own personal growth and has taught me way more than I have ever learned in any classroom. Travelling is a breath of fresh air!” she concludes.            – as told to Tanya