Dimple Rose needs no introduction. Entering the filmdom as a child artist, Dimple has since appeared in numerous movies and is a prominent presence in soap operas. The talented actress is a travel enthusiast too. She takes a day off of her busy schedule to go out at least once a week. A shopaholic, Dimple shares her wanderlust with Onmanorama.
Even a short trip around the town used to be a joy ride for young Dimple. Her father, being a businessman, was no stranger to frequent travels. Dimple, brother and their mother would accompany him on his trips often. Mumbai was a frequent business location for father. So when he was off his official duty, we would have a blast in the city. Shopping, sight-seeing and eating out made up most of these trips.
A great fall
Hogenakkal Falls is a favourite destination of mine. It’s love at first sight as Cauvery flows gracefully through small sand dunes and beautiful hillocks ornate with green foliage. Located where Cauvery enters Tamil Nadu from Karnataka, Hogenakkal is known as India’s Niagara. The waterfall is 20 metres tall, and a coracle ride down the stream is a major attraction. Delicious fish fry marinated in chilli are a treat here. Women line the streets ready with their recipes. One could either eat the already prepared dish or order a particular type of fish to be cooked. Takeaways are available too.
Dunes of Dubai
My first visit to Dubai was in 2008 when Don (brother) was working there. The best event was the Desert Safari. My heart throbbed at the thought of our vehicle turning turtle as it manoeuvred the sand dunes. Belly dance was a beautiful experience. KFC chicken was the highlight for me, since it wasn’t popular back home those days. I had chicken to my heart’s content before leaving Dubai. It was as if I visited Dubai to eat chicken.
One scary night drive
Thekkady trip with family is an adventure I cherish. Bamboo-raft ride was quite adventurous. The spellbinding beauty of the forest as we waded through the waters was an astounding experience. Elephant ride was another attraction. Mother was afraid of mounting an elephant. Yet the ride through thick foliage, creating an impression of being trapped in forest, was fun. It was dark as we wound up Thekkady visit. The road back home was deserted and eerie. Up ahead, a truck had come to a halt as an elephant was spotted. Panic gripped us. The truck driver suggested we switched off headlights as to not attract the animal’s unwanted attention. It took us hours to move from that spot, and the rest of the drive through the forest was completed with bated breath. I remember that night in Thekkady even today with an equal amount of trepidation.
The movie ‘Casino’ required a trip to Thailand with father. It was a two-day shoot, and we were free for the rest of the schedule. The beaches, shopping and culinary delights of Thailand were delightful. The streets abuzz with music and dance all night is a paradise for travellers.
I went to a night club with father and my colleagues Ambika Aunty and Roma. It was a novel experience for us. There were many dancers. Some women came up to us and asked if we could buy them beverages. After many such requests, I asked father if we could buy them something, and he did. But the bill was a shocker – 6,000 baht!
Most of the drinks were overpriced there. The funnier thing was that none of us had that much of cash in hand. The club did not heed our request to leave the club to arrange for the money. Language was also a problem since none of us could speak theirs. Father and Roma left the club to get the money as the rest of us waited. The staff kept looking at us suspiciously until we paid the bill. It was a stressful experience which has now become a delightful memory to laugh over!
Our honeymoon destination was Thailand, again. My husband Anson, Don, Pinki (actor Meghna and sister-in-law) and I went together. I loved Pattaya and its beaches. The activities lined up on its beaches are awesome. My favourite was speedboat parasailing. Sriracha Tiger Zoo was an enthralling experience. Here you can pet a cub and feed it. Though a tiger, the little one looked and felt very much like a kitty. Other attractions on this trip were 3D Art Museum and the floating market. 3D museum is a fun place for shutterbugs. Anson too shares my love for travel. Road trips are his favourite. A road trip with friends is always on the cards.
Trip to Goa happened before our wedding. It has the best beaches in India. It takes barely a day to cover North Goa since all major tourist attractions are close to each other. Anjuna, Baga, Vagator, Calangute and Candolim are the main beaches apart from other smaller beaches. Baga is known for its adventure sports like parasailing, snorkelling and kayaking. The revelry in Goa is forever etched in my memory.
We were all staying in the same resort. We ate together too. When the others went for noodles, Pinki always chose the special item the resort had to offer – a kind of porridge. She went gaga over the delicacy, though none of us bothered to taste it. On the last day of the vacation, she saw some yellowish substance in her porridge. Upon enquiry, we were told it was a soup made with the part of chicken leg that is usually discarded in our recipes. Pinki’s face went pale, and we started pulling her leg saying she was relishing “dog food” all this while! Whenever we cook chicken at home, mother teases Pinki by offering to make her favourite “chicken-leg soup”!
Anson and I wish to travel to many destinations. I want to see the whole world, and one place in particular – Switzerland – the picturesque, snow-clad land seen on postcards.