House by the bay
The view of the sea and the town from her balony wows her. Actress Anjori Alagh on her seaside retreat.india Updated: Nov 04, 2008 15:37 IST
I live on the 12th floor of Il Palazzo building in the Malabar Hill. I have been here for the last 10 years. The view of the sea and the town from our balcony still wows me.
I love the sea, I find it very calming. When we first moved in, there was a couch in the balcony. I used to put on some music and spend my evenings there.
We can see the Fire Temple, the Hanging Garden and the ocean from here. In Malabar Hills, you are not allowed to cut trees. So it’s all green. You won’t see such lush green patches anywhere else in Mumbai.
There are three bedrooms in our house. My elder sister grabbed the biggest room in the house that faces the sea. My parents took the second-best room, I was left with the smallest room but the most ventilated one.
My mom (actress Maya Alagh) has done up the entire house herself without any help from an interior decorator. We renovated the bedrooms recently. I re-structured the kitchen space. I’m very good with spaces. I redesigned my room too.
My mom and sister are fond of beiges and browns. I like greens and oranges. I feel it makes a house look warmer. This is one argument we keep having. .
I am not much of a believer in vastu shastra, I never have a picture of a water body or anything blue behind my head. We also believe that the mandir’s face has to always face south. These are the two rules we religiously follow.
There is a carved wooden door and a swing in my house, which my mom bought from Rajasthan. The artefacts have been picked up by all of us from all over the world.
I bought silver knives from a flea market in Spain for a friend of mine but my parents loved them so much that they kept them.
I also love picking up photo frames wherever I go shopping. I am a photo person. I like pictures of my family members and friends pinned all over the house.
During festivals, our house looks beautiful because we do it up with diyas. There are sketches of my sister and me in the drawing room, which were made by artists in Paris.
We also have life-size paintings by artists Bikash Bhattacharya and Sanjay Bhattacharya in our house.
Bikash Bhattacharya’s Red Sites painting is amazing. It’s an offbeat painting and one of my favourites. I can’t imagine the house without this painting.
My favourite corner is my room. My bedroom has a very Zen-like feel with a low bed, wooden floor and minimal furniture.
There is a Durga painting, I love the colour contrasts.There is another painting of a little girl by Yusuf Farah Khan.
We keep an open house. My mom is very chilled-out about having guests over. I remember once my cousins, 25 of them, had come and slept over. There were mattresses all over the place.
Soon I’ll be moving to the Versova-Juhu link Road because it’s closer to my work place.