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04.04.2013

Parvati in the vanity room with a flying saucer-shaped compact.

And in other rooms you’ll find (many) other wonders at Parvati Villa, a new lifestyle store in Colaba, where owner Ileshaa Khatau’s carefully dreamed up fictional character Parvati lives. She’s a traveller and a collector, keeping in the foyer, hall and vanity room pieces like a terracotta Radha-Krishna Gond and a doctor’s bag from a flea market in New York, along the following faux animals: Sebastian the tiger, Paan Singh the peacock, Hector the lizard and Horus the falcon.

Livin’ la villa loca?

Sequins In Her Eyes

The collection at Parvati Villa, sourced from different brands and parts of the world, is a diverse assortment of antiques that like Neruda would say, “lend a curious attractiveness to the reality of the world that should not be underprized.”

There are contemporary kitschy trays and sequined cushion covers; vintage oleographs and prints by Raja Ravi Varma; almaris and desks; antique jewellery from Cambodia and Gujarat. We loved Parvati’s vanity room (knock before you enter) that houses a vintage dresser replete with pre-Independence treats: a make-up kit with an inbuilt music box, a flying saucer-shaped compact, a neckpiece from Cairo that once belonged to a Bedouin.

Ileshaa Khatau’s carefully dreamed up fictional character, Parvati is a traveller and a collector, keeping in the foyer, hall and vanity pieces like a terracotta Radha-Krishna Gond and a doctor’s bag from a flea market in New York, along the following faux animals: Sebastian the tiger, Paan Singh the peacock, Hector the lizard and Horus the falcon.

She also likes to shop when she travels, and this sourced range includes gold jewellery from Viange, sequinned clutches by Cirare and her favourite – bags by Joli. Sometimes, Parvati makes her own things too, so when you drop in look out for bespoke footwear, a collection of brightly-coloured sarongs and a necklace that includes about 36 lines of pearls.

My Pretties

And finally, step into the living room, where antique furniture pieces sourced and restored from a Portuguese house in Goa, wait to be picked up like pretty puppies at a pound – adopt pair of “Sundar” chairs. There’s also tribal drums, spears from Nagaland and bartans from Karnataka. bpb didn’t love the kitschy trays, thought that the cushion covers were slightly tacky and some trinkets made to sound more romantic than they are.

Still, Parvati Villa is like a sophisticated trip to Chor Bazaar - you never know what you’ll find. You may come in to buy a clutch and leave with a floral-shaped sindoor box that you will hold on to for a best friend’s wedding.

PS: Don’t try and call the lady of the house Paro. You don’t know her that well yet.

Getting there: Shop no. 5 and 6, Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, call 22856523, 11 am to 8.30 pm, seven days of the week, visit www.parvativilla.com, Rs 700 to Rs 80,000.

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