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Keep it simple and sobre

Actress Sudha ‘Baa’ Shivpuri prefers a simple house minus modern art and artifacts

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 20:27 IST

We bought our first house, a one-bedroom-hall flat in Pali Hill, soon after we came to Mumbai. But the house was small for my growing up kids. However, the dream of owning a bigger apartment remained a dream for years after that since I lost my husband, actor Om Shivpuri, quite early.

After his death all the responsibilities of the family fell on me. We bought our present home in Versova ten years ago. And the family shifted from Pali Hill to this place. When I bought this flat, I felt an immediate connect — the flat welcomed me with its sense of space. I was happy to come here and my son was happier because the ceiling of the house is really high and there is enough space for his head. He is quite tall.

It is a 1,500 sq ft. house with three bedrooms. I have occupied the master bedroom. My daughter, Ritu is happily married and no longer stays here.

The house has also been lucky for me. I got the role of Baa in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi after I bought this flat.
One thing I learnt from life is that one should never carry along the old furniture while shifting — Haalat kharaab ho jaati hai. Always buy new furniture when you are shifting. The first thing that I purchased when I entered this flat was my pooja ghar. We bought a wooden temple. I am pretty religious. Both my son and I agreed that we don’t want antiques in our house.

I personally think that wood looks elegant. A home appears grand when there is a good usage of wooden furniture. I don’t understand modern art at all. It is very funny. Ek rangon ke dhabbon ko dekhna aur unki taarif karna mujhe nahi aata.

For me, there is no concept of a dream home. This is my house and I have no plans of moving anywhere else.