But now when she looks back, she feels that the women were burdened with all the cooking and it doesn’t seem so good. “The men can just ask for different dishes, but it is the mothers who have to do all the work in the kitchen, so I don’t feel so great about it now,” she says.
The most enthusiastic Onam was, of course, during school and college days. “In school, we sang songs and had competitions, but at college, it was just another level of fun. We used to plan and make preparations over weeks for the various department-level competitions – pookkalam, tug of war and others – and start planning our costumes, at least a week ahead. We used to get a lot of freedom that day. And girls tried to look their best to show off to their boyfriends,” she says.
The actor has a comedy coming up next, though it has not been officially announced, and she also has a couple of films set for release, including Saajan Bakery director Arun Chandu’s Gaganachari, where she plays an alien. She had coloured her hair blue for the film and often shares vlogs of bike rides to scenic locations.
“Growing up, I needed to beg my parents, particularly my father, if I wanted to go somewhere, but once after college, I’d had a bad break-up and sat down and explained to him that I needed to get away to clear my head. I went to Delhi on my first solo trip. Since then, because I’ve started earning, I travel on my own often. I don’t have a set of rules. If I can do something, I will… like this trip to Kashmir,” says Anarkali.