I am un­der my daugh­ter’s spell: Ak­shay Ku­mar

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar is just back from a fam­ily va­cay in Europe and the US. Here, he talks about why holidays are “ex­haust­ing but manda­tory”, and what keeps him go­ing. You’ve been hol­i­day­ing for a month now. How re­ward­ing, re­ju­ve­nat­ing has this va­ca­tion been for you? Re­ward­ing like you couldn’t be­lieve! I learnt so much more about my daugh­ter Ni­tara. Be­ing able to spend 24/7 with her, not just hav­ing to take her to school, I’ve seen how she han­dles ev­ery­day en­coun­ters. She fas­ci­nates me pro­gres­sively ev­ery day. You sound like a be­sot­ted fa­ther? I am com­pletely un­der my daugh­ter’s spell. My son Aarav, too, is the great­est per­son on Earth to spend ev­ery wak­ing mo­ment with. I’m strug­gling to stay un­emo­tional as my son is not with me right now. He’s train­ing in Lon­don on a camp that would make most boys weep. As for feel­ing re­ju­ve­nated, you’ve got to be kid­ding, fam­ily holidays are when I work my hard­est. Do you rec­om­mend fam­ily-time to all your col­leagues in the film in­dus­try to en­sure their do­mes­tic life re­mains stress-free? I urge ev­ery work­ing per­son on the planet to take time away from their jobs and spend qual­ity time with their fam­i­lies. No, it doesn’t en­sure a stress-free do­mes­tic life, that’s a myth. Holidays are stress­ful. But they are also the most im­por­tant mem­o­ries in any house­hold. Don’t you miss work when you’re hol­i­day­ing? Work is work, it will al­ways be there. But your fam­ily can’t wait around for­ever for you to be free of work. Cher­ish the mo­ments while your wife still fan­cies you, your kids still idolise you and you’re still young enough to climb ev­ery moun­tain they can find. Don’t wait un­til it’s too late, time waits for no one.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/TWINKLERKHANNA

Ak­shay with his three-year-old daugh­ter Ni­tara

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