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Gita Choksi – Carrying on the Maidstone Legacy

This week we have interviewed Gita Choksi, the third generation owner of Maidstone, the almost century-old family home of the Virjees in Panchgani, as she talks about her childhood days, her attachment to this cozy homestay on the edge of the hillside overlooking the Krishna river, and why she decided to leave the corporate world to dedicate her time in restoring Maidstone to its old glory and become a proud Read the rest “Gita Choksi – Carrying on the Maidstone Legacy”

Asif Merchant – A Witness to Panchgani’s Transformation

Asif Merchant sittingHe has closely seen Panchgani’s journey from being a sleepy village to making its way to India’s tourism map as a major tourist destination. Meet Asif Merchant who has been in Panchgani since the 40s as he talks to us in an exclusive interview about the history of the place, its early challenges, its transformation and what a visitor can do here.

The interview…

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Life in Dehradun – Vikram Panwar’s journey on The Road Less Travelled

Yet another case of a youngster throwing up a flourishing corporate career and giving in to the lure of the road less travelled. Meet Vikram Singh Panwar, who, after doing his PGDM from IIM-Ahmedabad, stepped into the corporate world. But, before long, the charms of nature beckoned and stepping out of the rat race of the concrete jungle, he set off to meet his destiny in the hills near Dehradun. Read the rest “Life in Dehradun – Vikram Panwar’s journey on The Road Less Travelled”

Life as a baker in the countryside of Karjat – Meherzad Afagh

Meherzad AfaghThe Irani Zorastrians are well known for their bakeries in and around Mumbai or Pune – the fresh bread, delicious pastries, rolls and melt-in-the-mouth pavs – are unmatched by any other mass bread manufacturers. Karjatkars too have the opportunity to enjoy some of these bakes, courtesy, Meherzad Afagh, the 33-year old entrepreneur who has been running a popular chain called Meher Bakery for the last 11 years.

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Dr Om and Chandra Kaul’s home away from home in Karjat

Dr Om and Chandra Kaul’s home away from home in Karjat

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Moving away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Dr Om Kaul and his wife Dr Chandra Kaul decided to settle in Karjat three years ago, to lead a more peaceful existence. Om, a consultant for well-known companies, and his wife, a gynecologist by profession, in their quest to find peaceful surroundings, left their lavish house in Lokhandwala to move into a small village, and they don’t regret Read the rest “Dr Om and Chandra Kaul’s home away from home in Karjat”

Life as an organic farmer in the countryside of Karjat – Rustom Taraporwala

When Rustom Taraporwala came to Karjat way back in 1969, little did he know that it would change his life into something he always desired. Farming has been his hobby since childhood and driven with the passion to pursue it further, Rustom settled in Karjat in 1978.

A well-known name in Karjat, Rustom is an active member of the village, a journalist for regional dailies, a co-founder of the Karjat Read the rest “Life as an organic farmer in the countryside of Karjat – Rustom Taraporwala”

Life in a tourist destination – Karjat – Roxanne Davur

Life in a tourist destination – Karjat – Roxanne Davur

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A master trainer in animal welfare and the first woman to work on Indian race courses, meet Roxanne Davur – the founder of Terra Animal Trust – who has come back to the serene environs of Karjat, a place closely connected to her family, to start an animal shelter for abandoned, destitute and chronically handicapped animals.

Her family was one of the first few to have settled in Karjat Read the rest “Life in a tourist destination – Karjat – Roxanne Davur”

Life in a tourist destination – Goa – Manav Paul and Lovely Jagtiani

Life in a tourist destination – Goa – Manav Paul and Lovely Jagtiani

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In yet another classic example of fortune favouring the brave, Manav Paul and his wife, Lovely Jagtiani, moved from Mumbai to Goa follow a song in their heart. Their fate beckoned them to Goa where they set foot into an industry which many dream of making it successful in – Food. In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, they reveal how they donned the chef’s cap Read the rest “Life in a tourist destination – Goa – Manav Paul and Lovely Jagtiani”

Life in a tourist destination – Karjat – Clyde and Bhavika Fernandes

Clyde and BhavikaDespite a successful corporate life in a metro, many young couples are setting up roots in more relaxed vacation destinations. While they are discovering the joys of a more relaxed career graph, they are also proving to be an inspiration to the Generation-Y to follow their hearts in whatever they do, and make a success of it.

In our endeavour to showcase these couples’ transition from a corporate rat-race to Read the rest “Life in a tourist destination – Karjat – Clyde and Bhavika Fernandes”