Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Beginning...


The journey that brought me here to this juncture, to this point of discovery and adventure, started in the summer of 1988! It was the first day of college and I was nervously looking around for friendly or familiar faces.  Much like a thousand other young hopefuls Indians of that period, I too had come to the decision to follow a particular career path, with scant advice or guidance….just a romantic “Howard Roark” idea to go out there and change the world….

Deepak was a year senior to me. Good-looking, intelligent  and self-assured, he immediately validated the theory that merely being the alumna of the country’s top-notch school  (Doon School) was enough to imbue one with a mystically charismatic aura! However, I was completely up to the challenge – what with my “Army Brat” attitude and “Convent School” education….

The rest as they say is history…Deepak and I dated for a while in college and in 1994, after 8 years of courtship, we finally decided to tie the knot and “settle down”
The early days in Bhopal were not easy -for either of us. For me, the reasons were rather more obvious – Pune is far more relaxed and liberal and culturally alive place than any other ‘B’ city in the country – Having lived most of my life here, I had a completely new social and cultural ethos to adjust to. For Deepak too, who hails from Dehradun, Bhopal was a like a fresh start.

Thankfully, it wasn’t too hard to make friends and we assimilated into the whole social set in Bhopal pretty quickly.

We started our architectural firm in 1997, converting the room over the garage into a home office. The early years were not easy….We were young and did not have much experience. What we did have, is limitless enthusiasm and a determination to make our enterprise work.

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