Athiya cel­e­brates birth­day with furry friends

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Athiya Shetty turns a year older on Novem­ber 5. This year, she plans to whisk away for a quick get­away to spend the day with her gang of girl­friends. But be­fore that, today, she in­tends to visit an an­i­mal shel­ter as she is re­ally fond of an­i­mals.

Athiya says, “I ab­so­lutely love an­i­mals. They teach us how to love un­con­di­tion­ally. I visit an NGO every year, on my birth­day. But this year I de­cided to spend time with an­i­mals, and see what I can do to help their lives in what­ever way I can. Since I’m trav­el­ling, I will visit the an­i­mal shel­ter a day prior to my birth­day. More than any­thing, an­i­mals just make me happy and peace­ful.”

So does she have any birth­day rit­ual? “There are no rit­u­als. I just like spend­ing time with my loved ones, my fam­ily and close friends. You just need to give me good food,

I love grow­ing older. I feel like you’re closer to dis­cov­er­ing who you re­ally are as a per­son. ATHIYA SHETTY, AC­TOR

and I’m happy,” says the ac­tor.

Talk­ing about her fond­est birth­day mem­oires, Athiya says, “Spend­ing time with my grand­fa­ther has to be my fond­est mem­ory. It’s the first year I’m cel­e­brat­ing with­out him, so it feels empty. I’m turn­ing 25 this year, but I love grow­ing older. I feel like you’re closer to dis­cov­er­ing who you re­ally are as a per­son.

About her most mem­o­rable gift that she has ever re­ceived, she says, “It’s not a par­tic­u­lar gift, or any­thing ma­te­ri­al­is­tic. It’s what I do that day; I think my most mem­o­rable birth­day would have to be my sev­enth birth­day — it was a sangeet-themed birth­day party. Peo­ple thought I was nuts, but I was ob­sessed with song and dance.”

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