Eight sto­ries about the ro­mance of first jour­neys

India Today - - CONTENTS - By MONA RAMAVAT Pho­to­graphs By BANDEEP SINGH

1. Su­jata Massey, UK-based au­thor of The Wid­ows of Mal­abar Hill and In­dia Gray among oth­ers

2. Ashima Narain, Mum­bai-based pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker

3. Emma Glass, Bri­tish au­thor of Peach

4. Sar­vat Hasin, au­thor of You Can’t Go Home Again and This Wide Night

5. Him­raj Soin, ad­ven­turer and Na­tional Geo­graphic Stu­dent Ex­pe­di­tion leader 6. Shoba Narayan Bangalore based au­thor of The Milk Lady of Bangalore and Mon­soon Diaries among oth­ers

7. Namita Gokhale writer, publisher, co-founder & di­rec­tor of Jaipur Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val and Moun­tain Echoes fes­ti­val, Bhutan

8. Ash­win Sanghi Mum­bai based au­thor of Chanakya’s Chant and Keep­ers of the Kalachakra among oth­ers

AS HE WALKS IN TO THE PRES­I­DEN­tial suite at the ITC Kakatiya, Hy­der­abad, Rana Dag­gu­bati is set for work from the word go, un­touched like a yogi by the mi­nor stir of star struck folks in his wake. Tall, dark and sport­ing a wild­ish beard, the Baahubali star car­ries him­self with ca­sual ease. The best thing about his phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, he says, is his height (6 ft 4 inches), “You do not have to re­ally vie to get at­ten­tion.” Soon af­ter, though, Dag­gu­bati de­liv­ers a sur­prise. “I only work on my physique to suit the char­ac­ter I am play­ing, else I do not step into the gym,” he says, shat­ter­ing the pop­u­lar im­pres­sion that he might be some­thing of a fit­ness freak. He is 25-30 ki­los lighter since Baahubali. “Haathi Mere Saathi that I am cur­rently work­ing on needed a leaner look.” The trilin­gual (Tel­ugu-Tamil-Hindi) film re­volves around a man and his friend­ship with jun­gle ele­phants. A chunk of the shoot just con­cluded in a dense Thai jun­gle and the next is planned in Ker­ala. “Spend­ing those many weeks in the midst of na­ture was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. Cut off from ev­ery­thing, you be­come an­other per­son,” says Dag­gu­bati who has al­ways liked the wild and was a se­ri­ous trekker be­fore he started work­ing. “Not too many pro­fes­sions give you so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for travel, do they?”

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