A smile coated in happiness is an antidote to any crisis, and it is that elation and joviality that drive many people to lead a fruitful life.
“I always love to be happy and travelling takes me to a higher plateau of cheerfulness,” says Anju Kurian, a young actress in the Malayalam film industry. She caught the imagination of the moviegoers after essaying significant roles in flicks such as ‘Neram’, ‘Om Shanti Oshana’, ‘Premam’ and ‘Njan Prakashan’. Let’s flip through the travel diaries of Anju who loves to hit the road time and again.
Giving wings to travel dreams
Travelling gives an opportunity to meet people, enjoy great vistas and taste exotic cuisines of new destinations. One can amass invaluable knowledge from journeys instead of poring over books. “I am very happy while travelling and would enjoy the whole trip from beginning to end. Having said that I am a bit downcast while returning home after a tour,” notes the talented actress.
Anju started travelling during childhood days as the Onam, Christmas and Puja holidays were always packed with trips to various places. She always looked forward for the Onam and Christmas exams to get over and set on a journey with her father.
“My father introduced me to the exciting world of travelling. My earliest memories of touring are with my father who took me to various beautiful places in Kerala such as Munnar, Idukki, Vagamon and Thekkady. And now I always make it a point to travel,” she says.
Formula to be happy
Anju’s credo in life is quite simple – don’t worry be happy. According to her, one should overcome difficulties in life with a smile on the face. When you have a turbulent mind, just pack your bags and hit the road as travelling does a world of good, advises the actress and adds that her mind and body get rejuvenated after a journey. “The peace of mind that one gets from travelling cannot be provided by any medicine,” Anju vouches.
Lockdown and travel
Like others, Anju too had to face many hurdles in the wake of the spread of coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown. The actress, who used to travel abroad twice a year, had to cancel many trips in 2020 due to the pandemic. She had to face tough challenges in the times of COVID-19 as freedom of movement was restricted.
“I started to go on short trips after the travel restrictions were partially lifted. And that’s when I realized that there many enchanting spots in Kerala that are more charming than foreign destinations. The 4-day trip to the lush green Wayanad was indeed a great experience,” the beautiful lass notes.
Though the actress had visited many places in Kerala, she is yet to explore the tourist spots in other states and longs to travel across north India.
An ideal Kottayam girl
Anju has a perception that each place has a different face to it. She loves hill station and is always in search of nature’s perfect blend of mist and rain. The actress is not into beaches and as a person hailing from Kottayam a short trip always means a visit to nearby Kumarakom. “Houseboat rides are the main attraction of Kumarakom and one can enjoy the serene beauty of the placid lakes while moving around on a house boat. I am mad about Kumarakom,” she says.
Great start to New Year
Though 2020 was a dampener for Anju in terms of travelling, the skilled actress ushered in 2021 by going on a journey. After ringing in the New Year with family members, Anju and her friends left for Goa to have a blast. After the Goan trip, they went to Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh where the high point was the wildlife safari.
“Though initially there was a certain degree of fear factor, the excitement to see the wild animals up close was palpable. I may be new to wildlife safari but the animals are quite familiar with people moving around in jeeps in their habitat. On the second day of the open-jeep safari we were lucky enough to spot six tigers. During the trip to Kanha National Park I realized the fact that if we love nature everything around us will be beautiful,” the actress notes.
All geared up for next journey
Anju and her friends are planning to go on a 5-day trip to Rajasthan. They will relish the beauty of pink city Jaipur for two days and the remaining three days will be spend on the state’s wildlife safari.
“I don’t have any dream destination. I love travel a lot and want to visit as many new places as possible,” concludes Anju.