Thursday, March 13, 2008

Playing solitaire

Akshaye Khanna spent some idyllic days all by himself in film-maker Priyadarshan’s yacht in the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala. Solitaire, as the yacht is fondly called by its owner, is quite popular with the Bollywood crowd.

The yacht of 107 ft is well-equipped for an ideal holiday in the backwaters of Alleppey. It even has fishing equipment, and Khanna indulged himself to the hilt fishing in the backwaters. Om Puri and Paresh Rawal too have stayed on the boat with their families on
various occasions.

Says a source, “Priyadarshan had bought the yacht a few months back. It has two well-furnished bedrooms and an enormous dining room as well.”
Priyadarshan talks to us about his yacht. He says, “My children have grown up in concrete jungles unlike me, who had the opportunity to see nature in close quarters. This vehicle is therefore a good escape from the city life for families such as mine. Yes, my friends do spend a lot of time on the yacht all by themselves or with their families.”

He adds, “Fishing has been my hobby since childhood. So, I made sure that the boat was well-supplied with facilities for fishing. I am in the business of tourism and my yacht is the biggest boat available in the area.” What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. Is that right, Akshaye?