How green is her valley
|All pics by Suvashis Mullick|
While the old property was divided into several bungalows, some of which have been razed completely and built from scratch, the bungalow that the Swarup family lives in, is a 60-year old structure, with a few changes here and there. “My children, Devina, Mahima and Karishma, were very particular about not switching on lights during the day. So, I put in large windows and doors to let in natural light. The verdant lawns are visible for every room in here. The garden is not manicured or systematic yet it is beautiful in its wilderness, with a character of its own. Our boundary walls are not high, but the old, huge trees filter the noise and dust,” says Parul, wife of Gaurav Swarup the managing director of Paharpur Cooling Towers.
Parul, popular in Kolkata’s social circles for her penchant for breathtaking floral arrangements and
The interiors of the house are minimalistic so that the plants and flowers make a statement. The white walls are a perfect canvas to the creative art of plants, bonsais, driftwood and flowers. The large living room is done up with simple furniture with rust hued upholstery and dark mahogany furniture. Paintings by Prasenjit Sengupta, Suvaprasanna, Chandra Bhattacharya and Puran Jhala adorn the walls. The corridor walls connecting the living room and the dining space are dotted with beautiful flower paintings by Parul’s mother-in-law, Gyan Swarup. Little frog figures from Hawaii, vases from Japan and giraffe figures from South Africa add an interesting element to the space. Two marble jaguars, gifted by a dear one, catch our eye too.
The most beautiful room, which is also the most favoured room, in the house is the garden facing