Why grandparents are the coolest
Shriya Pilgaonkar will end your quest to finding the perfect travel partner
They introduce you to the magical world of Indian mythology, they make sure your secret stash of chocolates is regularly replenished, they give the warmest hugs, and they are the reason you feel safe every time you get a whiff of floral talcum powder.
Grandparents are often the coolest people in their grandchildren’s lives. They essay many roles – maths teachers, taash buddies, accomplices in mithaai-related crimes, and your biggest cheerleaders.
For actor Shriya Pilgaonkar, her grandfather is also the perfect travel buddy who fired up her desire to see the world. The theatre actor transitioned from Marathi films to big budget Bollywood productions and now is a popular face on the web series circuit.
When she’s not shooting, she’s busy planning the next getaway, and most often, it’s Mr Arun Sabnis, her cheery grandfather, who accompanies her around the world.
An encyclopaedia of geography and history, Sabnis often does a better job of showing Pilgaonkar the sights than seasoned tour guides. At the age of 80, his passport is brimming with stamps from 83 countries.
But he isn’t in a mood to slow down at all.
“My aim is to complete 100 (countries) before I cross 81, and then end there and probably write a book,” says Sabnis.
Pilgaonkar laughingly reveals that nobody believes that a grandfather and a grand-daughter could travel together. “They think he’s just with some young girl…”
This video will make you want to go give your grandparents the biggest bear hug, and maybe even put an end to your quest to finding the perfect travel partner.
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