It’s a glorious Saturday and the weather seems mighty uplifting as I make my way to Alasetty village, located along the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border. I am looking forward to this meeting and very excited to see what surprises await me. When I arrive, I notice how removed this place is from the cacophony of everyday life. I set foot inside the property only to be welcomed by an emerald green expanse. Homeowners Sindhu and Anish open the doors to their home and beckon me indoors to reveal a space that is steeped in tradition. I feel enormously at peace with myself. It’s almost like a soothing balm relieving my city-stressed nerves.
Christened High Winds, the home instantly reminds me of a quote by ace architect Prof. Christopher Charles Benninger, «While a city is the mirror of the civilization that built it, the quality of the house reflects its people’s sense of self.» The aesthetics leave me stunned and the jaw-dropping textures, breathless!
The outlines create exaggerated borders enhancing the predominantly vernacular architectural style of traditional homes. I learn that the duo worked in tandem with a Sri Lankan architect to design this space. Walking me through the sprawling home, the couple draw my attention to the beautiful lily ponds with stepping stones that are suggestive of Geoffrey Baza-inspired style and Sri Lankan architecture. There are also one-of-a-kind pillars sourced from Karaikudi making a statement in the courtyard and a stunning Art Deco piece from The Purple Turtles, Bengaluru. Of course, my eyes don’t miss the colourful cushions that seem to complement the overall earthiness of the property, beautifully. The ultra-modern kitchen; the delightful combination of art and antiques; bedrooms with spectacular views; the marriage of textures. I could go on and on. It’s unimaginable, truly!
With a keen eye for detail and strong design sensibilities, the COO of the newly launched Bharatiya City in Bengaluru says. “We were on the lookout for a getaway that would let our most exuberant side find full flight, also keeping in mind the need of having nature surrounding it. The home is hugely inspired by the traditional homes in South India — open courtyard; oodles of light, wood and cane chairs; the traditional url; open breakfast areas: spa-like bathrooms. It was a journey where every weekend was brought in slowly, nurturing it to life.”
For Swaroop and Sindhu, their home is more than just a beautiful home. They like to describe the experience as «meditative and restorative.’ Indeed the getaway surrounded by sylvan surroundings is simply magical and everything comes together like well-written poetry. The couple add.
With a very calming colour palette, the living room makes for a fine display of his parents’ possessions — furniture, fabrics, accessories and of course, a treasured collection of books. According to Chef Manu. «We wanted to accommodate our extensive collection of books in one room with a dedicated library, but the books have eventually spilled over into every room. While restructuring, the old. oiled teak wood and brass fittings were preserved and reused everywhere. Also, where the wood could not be reused for it’s original purpose, it was fashioned into book cases and shelves. The furniture is mostly from the «50s along with some older heirlooms.”
There is so much to appreciate as I look closely around the home. The art collection is fairly eclectic, ranging from some very well-known artists to the young new names in the field. I he walls boast of the works of Jatin Das, MF Flussain, Manjit Bawa. Kishori Lai, Bhupen Khakhar and Altaf. «Almost all were bought in support of a cause.» adds Manu’s father.