Actress Nadiya Moidu has earned a huge fan following through some good performances in strong roles in Malayalam and Tamil films. Nadiya's debut was in the Malayalam film 'Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu' which was a huge hit. Her pairing with superstar Mohanal was instantly welcomed by all film-goers.
However, Nadiya kept away from films for a few years and made a comeback in Malayalam with 'Doubles,' a 2011 film with Mammootty in the lead.
The versatile actress, who has been tagged an 'evergreen heroine,' also finds much thrill in travelling. She speaks to Onmanorama about her favourite journeys with her family.
"Nothing gives me more pleasure than travelling with family. In fact, almost all my holiday trips have been with those close to me. There’s nothing more satisfying than setting out on a trip with those dear to you to a place you love," says Nadiya.
"I love travelling, especially to places which offer new sights and enhance my knowledge," adds the actress.
Nadiya sets apart the free time she gets between her busy work schedule for travelling. "Even though I have visited several places as part of film shooting, I have never tried to engage in sightseeing there. My policy has been to head straight home after shooting,'' says the star.
"Spending time with husband and kids has given me most satisfaction," she adds.
Nadiya has lost count of the places she has visited. "I've been to many destinations and ensure that there is at least one trip every year," she reveals.
"Travelling with family, giving a break to work pressures and children's studies is refreshing as well as invigorating," she explains.
The favourite trip
Nadiya's most memorable journey so far has been to Kenya. "The wildlife safari there is my favourite. I am neither an animal lover nor have tried to know more about other creatures. However, the sights of wildlife in Kenya really bowled me over," she says.
It was in 2013 that Nadiya toured Kenya. Her kids were young at that time. "While my elder child was 17, the younger one was 12," she says.
"Though I knew Kenya was rich in natural beauty and blessed with thick forests, I never thought that it held so many wonders of the animal kingdom," adds Nadiya.
"The Masai Mara wild safari was truly amazing. Watching wild animals in their natural habitats was unforgettable. We could observe even beasts like lions and leopards at close quarters," she reveals.
Another attraction of Masai Mara is the mass migration of animals to Serengeti national reserve in Tanzania across the Mara river when the weather changes. "We watched for hours the crossing of the river by the animals in hordes," says Nadiya. In Kenya, the mid-season is in June and low season in April, she adds.
Next in the list of Nadiya's favourite trips is a 'walking tour' in Spain along with seven other lady friends. They started from Vigo in Spain and walked 100 km in total. "It was a thrilling trip during which we experienced the land and its culture first hand," says Nadiya.
The walk was indeed an adventure trip. "We were on foot from morning to evening and covered 25-28 km every day till retiring in some hotel room," she says.
The next morning, the team would resume the walk. "We covered 100 km in six days overcoming much physical discomfort," adds Nadiya.
The walking tour gave a valuable lesson to Nadiya. "I learnt that if you have the determination to complete a task, you will certainly reach your goal crossing any hurdle," she says.
Love for cityscapes
Nadiya enjoys visiting rustic locales which are blessed with natural scenery, but finds travelling to urban areas more convenient. "Having been born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), I love the culture and diversity of that city. My father belongs to Thalassery and mother to Thiruvalla. So, we used to travel to Kerala whenever father could avail leave," she says.
"Memories of my early travels comprise train journeys in second class compartments with their rusty bars on the windows and distant scenery seen those windows," recalls the star.
Everyone in Nadiya's family enjoys food. "I've learnt to prepare most of the cuisines. My friends' circle includes people belonging to several countries. We also have an exclusive club where we often get together. During these meetings, each person would bring a dish typical of their own region. My contribution would be Kerala-style fish curry prepared in an earthen pan," reveals the star.
At these meetings, the ingredients and method of preparation of each dish is also explained.
"At home, we prepare Maharashtrian dishes and Kerala vegetarian items," informs Nadiya.
However, everyone in her house loves Japanese cuisine the most. "So, we have no problem with food whichever country we visit," she adds.
Nadiya is now in high spirits as the graduation ceremony of her children would take place next year. "We will all be together at that time and have already started planning for a trip then," she concludes.