I wish someone would sponsor my travel, I would just quit acting and travel all my life,” says actor Naman Shaw. He was last seen in Tashn-e-Ishq and is getting ready to tie the knot by the end of this year with his long-time girlfriend, Nehaa Mishra. The actor shares his food passion and travel diaries with us. Excerpts:
Your last travel destination and how did you spend your time there?
Last I travelled was to China a few years back. It was a business trip. People were going out for China so, I thought let me try out. I was really impressed by the place and the infrastructure.
Did you try the local cuisine?
Yes, I did try many cuisines. I went to an interior place where they had two menus one of them was of the local. It was an illegal place where they had tiger paws, Shark fish and every other thing available over there. I took a bite from one of the dishes of the snake and that’s the only thing I tried (Laughs) others I just could not see it.
The memorable sights you saw…
I was on a business tour so I couldn’t explore more places but yes the markets are huge over there. There are supermarkets which are like 20 kilometres big.
Your work takes you to different places…
Well, sometimes but, not always. There was one show called Kasamh Se and I was very lucky to be part of it because in a year we had gone to two places Dubai and Istanbul. We had much fun. While not shooting, we just go out and chill.
Where all have you been to in India and abroad?
India I have been to almost all the places during my childhood. Every summer vacation my father used to take me on holidays. So, I have been to all the places from Kashmir to down south to the east – to – west in Assam, Guwahati and much more. Abroad I have been to Dubai, Turkey, China, Singapore, and Bangkok.
Your most memorable holiday?
I would say Singapore because my best friend is from there and she got married over there. We had gone there for her crazy Punjabi wedding, it was crazy. I think that is the most memorable holiday. We just celebrated it by dancing, drinking and were lost in having fun.
What is it about travelling that you like best?
I love travelling. I love to visit new places, culture, new things in life and you experience so much from it. Travelling is very important. My profession is something every time I plan something I get a show. If I have an option and loads of money then I’ll just travel.
Do you like to get yourself pampered?
A mixture of both, I like to pamper myself and also rough it up. Like there is a bike ride to Ladakh I would like to go there and do some rock climbing.
Do you like to shop when you travel? What did you shop in the different countries you have visited?
Yes, it depends on my wallet, how much money am I carrying. Shopping is not on my priority list when I am traveling. I am more of going out, having fun, and doing fun stuff like bungee jumping or Scuba Diving. Those things are something that I would like to do rather spend in clothes and shopping. When I had gone to Dubai I bought protein shakes and perfumes as it’s cheap over there. From Turkey, I got Eagle eye for all my family members; from China, I got a lot of electronic stuff for myself. From Bangkok, I got a lot of crazy stuff like t-shirts with stupid one liner on it and kinky stuff from there (laughs).
Who does your packing? What are must haves?
I do it myself and I have a man servant at home, he helps me in packing.
Your favourite mode of travel?
If the flight is available then why not to pamper yourself. I can do the adventurous trip but it takes very long. I can do 2-3 hours of bike or car ride but not beyond that. It would not prefer to travel for long hours till you reach to your destination and then you go and sleep; rather, I would want to enjoy the place by seeing its beauty.