Saturday, 7 March, 2009

Apartments with English names

We decided to invest in the Great Indian property market. So we got down to first searching on Google and then doing the rounds. If I had closed my eyes and read the details of each apartment I would have thought we were living in some lovely English countryside with green sweeping meadows and strawberry and cream for breakfast.
the property was named Sherwood Gardens or Windmere with swans .... in the lake (there is a lake with swans in a 10 km radius ), Greyshott , Bella Tuscany ( in the middle of perungudi town panchyat!) etc etc

They are all described as the ideal habitat for the global resident. A place where you can put up your legs, watch your children grow. dip yourself in the jacuzzi hob nob with equal minded gullible people !!
We narrowed on one Park Rozalia . One World .One place. The ad featured a child running around the place. The kid looked Danish , swedish ... and looked so happy . The features read like a country club .
So we bought it . Mainly because we were getting tired of people asking us if we owned property in India . And the next question always was how much did you pay. Any amount you said wasnt enough to impress. Always they got it a paisa cheaper than you. And they always had a man who could get it at a cheaper price.
Arrey you have to buy in Chennai. If you said You know I bought in Chennai. No No Coimbatore was the place to be.....So you never get it right
Ok so we bought this apartment. Atlast we were part of the I own property brigade. The apartment took 4 years in coming. The jacuzzi is till a mud pit . Maybe mud bath is more the in thing. The amphi theatre looks even more ancient that its original cousin in Rome . The greenery is reduced to 5 potted plants . But wait we have a lovely view of the marsh. My husband is into high brow stuff like bird watching . So we thought this was the ideal place we could sight migratory birds , catch orion at night. Wow that was heaven. except the Corporation decided to dump its garbage right outside .
So while we were designing this dream house . we got sucked into buying another one. This was bang in the centre of Chennai. The parents said it was ideal You see we were 10 minutes from them, So under their nose , we moved from left nostril to right nostril thats all.Very posh and all . There is garbage outside. But thats only outside. Atleast they kept their trees and we have a garden . But the clinching argument in our favour was the name . It was called Varuna . Atleast not phoren name. And my mother reasoned with me Varuna... Vishy and Aruna .... its a sign. Yes it was . We now live there and trying to rent out the piece of english haven in Pallikarnai . Any takers. I can arrange for free strawberry and cream and a white kid to boot....


  1. LOL! the last line was funny...few days back my friend was saying about an apartment called Lakeside or something like that in Hyderabad ..on their brochures the realtors showed photo of a kid throwing a stone and it makes couple of jumps on the lake...and the end of the lake is not even visible..

    when my friend went to the place..the lake was more like a size of a swimming pool and he said he could even jump from one end to another...kadavulae!

  2. Aruna, A very intersting blog post. Here is
    the tamilsh thingy "When are you planning to move back or are you planning to settle down here". You might have heard these so many times :)

    To write these comments, I had to open google translate in another window, to understand these latin phrases!


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