Ashmit's Fiji diaries
Ashmit Patel recently went to Fiji Islands to get his fill of adventure sports.
The actor obviously loves them! CS caught up with him to find out about his trip:
It’s out of the world!
It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had; a wonderful mix of work, pleasure and soul searching. The place, the food, the people are all so amazing that I didn’t miss home at all during my three weeks there.
Commercialisation has ruined most island paradises but Fiji is one of the few places in the world that is still pretty untouched and pristine. The clarity of the water there is something that must be seen to believe. I had the chance to get a closer look at the fish and coral with snorkelling and scuba diving which had been on my to-do list for a few years now.
In a different time zone
I didn’t face any problems adjusting to the climate in Fiji as it’s pretty much the same as Mumbai. The only exception being that there’s no pollution. What I did face a problem with though was adjusting to the time difference. Fiji is 6.5 hours ahead of India and so I went through a major jet lag. It took almost a week to get my body clock in sync with the weather.
Being a complete adventure sport and adrenaline junkie, I was really happy to do a couple of new activities on this trip. I did some zip lining. The highlight for me though was scuba diving that I did for the first time ever. Although it was a bit scary leading up to the dive in spite of having taken the mandatory dive lesson beforehand, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had. Seeing the variety and plethora of life under the ocean is just mind-boggling. It’s a completely new world down there. I would highly recommend it to everyone to do it at least once in his or her life.
An enriching experience
As actors we are lucky that our work helps us travel. It takes us to corners of the world we would never have imagined going. I feel really blessed to be able to visit new countries, meet new people and experience local cultures. It really expands your horizon as a human being.