“Cycling is the best way to reduce pollution” says actress Samikssha Batnagar

Samikssha Batnagar: “People are not taking care of the environment as much. Most (people) have cars, and are out driving them all the time.”

Actress Samikssha Batnagar “fitness freak” just took some time off to explore Lodhi Gardens. Well known for the TV show Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera and film Poster Boys (2017), admits there is no comparison to Delhi’s open gardens, and highlights the importance of cycling, especially when air pollution levels in Delhi have set the alarms ringing.

“People are not taking care of the environment as much. Most (people) have cars and are out-driving them all the time. We have to be sensitive to those walking on the streets and everyday workers as they get immensely affected by the rising pollution,” she asserts.

Ask who is her fitness inspiration, and she’s quick to say, “Akshay Kumar! The way he maintains himself, his routine and sleep timing, is simply great. Kabhi mauka milega to work with him toh I’ll go for morning walks and runs with him. It’s my dream.”

Batnagar’s been in Delhi for a month and has been taking morning strolls on and off. “I was staying in Sundar Nagar, bahut shanti hai. Wahaan pe main walk kar leti thi,” says the actor, who had a tiring schedule since she had to perform at the Ramlila every evening, and ended up missing her workout on certain days. “I did yoga in my room on days I didn’t get a chance to go out,” she says.

Be that as it may, she cherished her outgoing at Lodhi Gardens. “I can feel the air is so much better than the rest of the city. It’s so clean!” she gushes.

Her Delhi trip was full of cheat day(s). “Jab hum Ramlila kar rahe the, I ate aloo tikki, raj kachori, pav bhaji and what not, all from Old Delhi. I feel I’ve put on weight (laughs)” she says, adding that she’ll be taking a few things for her parents back home in Mumbai: “I’ve heard yahan ke sweets are famous, I’ll try to take those.”

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