JYOTIKA BADYAL, 32

Cast­ing Di­rec­tor

India Today - - TRAVEL -

On her solo trip to Sri­lanka, cast­ing di­rec­tor Jyotika Badyal asked a French trav­eller if he was trav­el­ling alone. He replied, ‘alone you travel, to­gether you hol­i­day’. Those words stayed with her. “When you travel alone you talk to peo­ple more of­ten – lead your­self, make de­ci­sions and change them. While trav­el­ling with oth­ers, you can’t be self-ab­sorbed,” says Badyal. An ex­plorer in ev­ery bit, Badyal be­lieves that one has come alone and will leave alone. Travel for Badyal is what a ‘blank can­vas is to a painter or rhythm is to a mu­si­cian’. She adds, “The more I travel, the more I learn and un­der­stand my­self. Travel is ed­u­ca­tion – it makes a hu­man hum­ble, pa­tient and ac­com­mo­dat­ing.” Badyal has trav­elled alone to most of north, west and cen­tral In­dia. She has also been to Ker­ala, Nepal, Thai­land, Spiti Val­ley, Kin­naur and Bhaba Pass Trek. The most com­mon ques­tion that Badyal faces is why she doesn’t travel with her hus­band. “I’ve al­ways got ex­treme re­ac­tions be­cause I’m in my 30s, mar­ried and in­stead of start­ing a fam­ily I’m al­ways plan­ning my next travel. Some ap­plaud me for fol­low­ing my heart whereas some lec­ture me but I take every­thing with a pinch of salt,” says Badyal.

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