When my mom and I moved to India from London, we thought it would be for a year at first, so we had rented a place in Juhu. I fell in love with Juhu. The Marriot was close-by and so was the beach. I thought that I would never leave Juhu. A lot of my friends stay in the Khar-Bandra area and they would always try to convince me to become their neighbour. It was after my lease on the Juhu flat ended that we moved to Khar. Now I don’t want to live anywhere else in the world.
We chose this place because it was spacious (three bedroom-hall-kitchen with one extra room, basically the entire floor). I didn’t want to stay in huge complexes. I wanted a building where there were fewer people. My mom is a lot into Buddhas, so you’ll see many of them. In fact, one of the Buddhas has been with the family since 45 years. We have this big Buddha head that we brought all the way from Bali, and it weighs 45 kgs. Buddhas bring peace to the house.
My mom and Anjali Kedia designed the house. They were out for almost three months constantly sourcing things, they were constantly in Raghuvanshi Mills, almost living out of the Good Earth store.
You will also see a lot of cushions at home. Every few months, new cushions are added because my mom feels like updating them. Anjali insisted that there should be one joda of Raja-Rani cushions in the house in the hope that I will find a man for myself. Rubbish; it has not worked at all (laughs). But the cushions look beautiful.
My favourite corner in the house is the bed in the hall, which we have brought from Bali. It was re-upholstered and enhanced with crystals.
I also like the corner with the big Buddhas; it gives me a lot of energy.
Gold is my favourite colour and therefore, so much of it is there in my house. I like bling. I think gold adds warmth to you place. We also have a gold wall — we have used gold leafing. If you observe closely, you can see every square of leafing. It is loads of hard work. There is a photo of Krishna on the wall. Initially, we had put it up elsewhere but now he refuses to move from there.
I have a collection of ornate pieces and artifacts at home. But at the same time, I don’t want my home to look like a museum. When [actor] Tusshar Kapoor came home for the first time, he said ‘Your house is like a spa, you can just relax here’. It’s one compliment I truly appreciate.”
- as told to Jigar Shah, BNS