If you need one anecdote to fix your inner peace, hear what nature proposes. From brawling rivers to crashing waves, the sweet sound of cuckoo birds to the chirping of crickets; nature is in abundance of sounds that have a restorative effect on our psyche. Don’t you agree? Nature not only tranquilizes the mind but also enhances creative thinking. Keeping tab with his creative endeavors, our special guest this time, actor-writer-filmmaker, Zeishan Quadri spends days basking in the glory of nature to get the perfect script.
In a brief chat with Adotrip, he has shared some of his inspiring travel stories from India. Take a look!
: What is your travel mantra?
My travel mantra is very basic. I travel to seek inspiration. My holidays are relaxing and laid back. Taking long strolls or basking in the lap of nature is unwinding. In a profession where scripts hang by threads, you succeed only with indispensable plots. Travelling helps me find that story in unique characters and places. And if I am bogged down with writer's block, I either withdraw myself from cacophony for a brief period or travel to restore depleted attention circuits that hamper my creativity.
Travelling is the most effortless way to reignite the passion and inspire innate creativity.
: Any unique thing about Indian landscape that keeps you connected to roots?
If I have to mention one thing that keeps me connected to roots then I would say, ‘Mitti ki Khushboo’. Lofty landscapes and fathomless diversity are definitely our pride but there is no match to Indian soil that supports the largest population of the world.
The earthy smell of Indian soil carries fragments of ancient past and vibrancy of diverse cultures.
: You hail from Bihar. What are the tourist attractions of the state according to you?
The most prominent tourist attraction of Bihar is Bodhgaya which holds outstanding universal significance. The architecture of the temple and the iconic Bodhi tree has remained essentially unaltered. Other than the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, tourists can also visit relics of Nalanda University which is another gem for Bihar Tourism. Monasteries and Temples across the state, Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir, Navlakha Palace in Raj Nagar, Sher Shah Suri Tomb in Sasaram, Archaeological sites in Vaishali, Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary in Begusarai; the list is endless.
Bihar is a land that depicts vivid hues of culture, heritage, religion and art which makes it one of the most attractive places in India.
: Any unique festival in India that you have attended or is on your bucket list?
Hailing from Bihar, I have seen the grandeur of Chhath Puja which is worth witnessing. It is the most celebrated festival of Bihar that is dedicated to Vedic Deity, Surya. Chhath Puja is one of the eco-friendly festivals of India that follows rituals of worshipping the life force instead of idol worshipping. Sonepur Cattle Fair is also one of the grand fairs in Bihar which is indeed the largest cattle fair in Asia. For art lovers, the spectacular Rajgir Dance Festival is a treat to watch.
: Which part of the country you think is worth exploring? Why?
Leh Ladakh is one of the most stunning places in India that is abundant with the virgin beauty of mountains and lakes. Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra valley, Sarchu, there are so many enriching sites to discover in this treasure trove.
It is indeed a matter of pride that there are so many beautiful travel destinations in India that are worth exploring. The list is endless!
: Have you ever been on a budget trip in India? Please share your experience.
Back in my younger days, my friends and I went to Kolkata and Sikkim which was one of the adventure trips for me. I was a backpacker then and it was really fun as I came across diverse perspectives that helped in building me up as a person. Budget travelling teaches us to deal with challenges that fall on our feet without ringing alarm and trust me, I have had some mind-blowing experiences that help me in scriptwriting as well.
: 3 Travel Essentials
Mobile, Laptop, Headphones
: Which film personality would you like to travel with?
Martin Scorsese. We both have a lot of common traits and we can be a great Director duo.
: If you have to choose a location from India for your next film. Which place comes first to your mind?
: Beach, Mountains, Desert. Where would you like to travel if you have six months off?
: If you are seeking solace. Where would you like to travel?
Gulmarg, Kashmir. I have never been there but hearing about its spellbinding beauty takes me to a different world.
: Your favourite dish from Indian menu?
Dal chawal with green chillies
: One place from where you felt nothing is far?
: Where did you go on your last vacation?
: Your favourite weekend getaway in India?
: Name tourist places in India that are ideal for photoshoot?
: Will you like to plan your trip with our AI-Driven Circuit Planner Tool?
Yes of course I will like to plan my own trip with a circuit planner tool.
A man with a penchant for words has so many intriguing stories in store. Zeishan Quadri instantly turned the spotlight on him with his debut script of multi grosser, Gangs of Wasseypur. Having won a Filmfare award in his very first movie; garnering praise was cinched as he was versed in weaving engaging scripts and characters that linger in mind. He believes in adding explicit dimensions to the contours of Indian cinema which is why he chooses real and murky genres. Movies such as Firauti, Meeruthiya Gangsters, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Madamji, Revolver Rani etc are best examples of his phenomenal ideation. Zeishan is a man with many traits and he fits perfectly into all frames be it writing, acting, producing, or directing. Gentle at heart and fierce in mind, there’s a lot more brewing up in his diary.
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