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Beyond the Edge - Abhinav Shukla the Adventurer By: Anjalika Gupta “There are two kinds of adventurers; those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won’t.” - Rabindranath Tagore Gladrags titled him “Best Mr. Potential” and at Grassim he won “Best Physique” and finished amongst the top six. An engineering degree neatly tucked under his belt may make him think like a scientist but Abhinav’s heart beats for adventure - trekking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, off-roading…you name it, he has done it! “Records and numbers don’t matter”, states Abhinav matter-of-factly, “Because at the end of the day it’s the method and the approach that counts.” Abhinav talks to Tinsel Gupshup about getting bitten by the adventure bug, Survivor, his adventure diaries and how he became the rebel without a pause! We read that you don’t like to shoot for 30 days at a stretch. You would prefer to have 10 days to yourself…what will be the “ideal, perfect” 10 days off for you? WOW! Ten days is a long time and if I get those many days off, I would probably go to some island – Maldives or back to the Philippines. Survivor was shot in the Philippines and after the Survivor experience I have developed a love for the ocean, marine life…beaches. So, if you ask me this question now I will definitely take off to some island. I won’t stay at a hotel; I’ll pick some secluded spot away from people, camp it out and just relive my Survivor moments. The show went on for a duration of 45 days and I was in it for 42 days so, I am really nostalgic about it in fact, not a day goes by when I don’t think about my time on the show and the time spent on the island…it was truly memorable! I enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving. Unfortunately, with my tight scheduling and work I could probably only get 5-6 days off and I’ll use the opportunity to try and explore some new place in Maharashtra…again someplace that is secluded, not reachable by everyone. That will be my ideal getaway. If you had been allowed to take your camera to Survivor, who would you have photographed and why? I would have photographed everything - the locations, the people, captured all the moods…everything! You know, on the first day of the show we were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and the boat capsized…I would have loved to capture all the expressions. I have never seen such fear on people’s faces. I don’t think I would have photographed any one particular person but all the expressions and the moods. The face of hunger, the face of stress, the face of longing to go back to civilization, the face of hope to win, hope to survive and make it past one more day and the greed when you see a tiny morsel of food. So I would have loved to click all these expressions! Honestly speaking, I wish I had my camera on me…in fact I don’t mind going back as a photographer in the future! What was your first ever adventure? Please tell us a bit about it My first adventure was back in 2001. I was in my second year of engineering and my parents asked me to go visit my brother – a naval officer posted in Lonavala. I had been on trips before but never alone…always with friends or family. So my parents made all the bookings and when I arrived at Lonavala my brother came to pick me up and said that we were going trekking. I knew what trekking was all about but I had never actually done it before, so I said “Chalo”, let’s go. So we started out in the morning and we kept trekking through a jungle and though it was not new to me because I had been in jungles before yet it was a completely different experience. The best part was when we had to cross a river…we had to get to the other side of the river and set up camp there. My brother of course knew the ins and outs of camping and trekking so he used sticks that he placed on the base of the river and we held on to a rope and that is how we managed to cross…the current was quite strong and it was quite an experience crossing the river – running water and strong currents, no guidance, no support…just your own sure footedness and intuition….READ MORE © Tinsel Gup Shup http://tinselgupshup.com/JUNE, 2012
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